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WLFC Willis Lease Finance

Filed: 23 Mar 21, 8:13am

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 19, 2021
 
Willis Lease Finance Corporation
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
 
Delaware 001-15369 68-0070656
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
 (Commission File
Number)
 (I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
 
4700 Lyons Technology Parkway
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
 
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (561) 349-9989
 
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each ClassTrading SymbolName of exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value per shareWLFCNasdaq Global Market
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
 
Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o





Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure

On March 16, 2021, Willis Lease Finance Corporation (the “Company”) received a non-binding indication of interest (the “Indication of Interest”) to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock not already owned by Charles F. Willis IV, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and largest stockholder (individually and together with an entity controlled by him), and Austin C. Willis, the Company’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Development (the “Group”), in exchange for cash consideration of $42.00 per share. The Indication of Interest was filed as an exhibit to a Schedule 13D/A filed by the Group on March 17, 2021. The Indication of Interest did not provide details on how the Group proposed to finance its proposed acquisition.

On March 19, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Company formed a committee of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Independent Committee”) comprised solely of independent directors to review, evaluate and negotiate any proposal from the Group.

The Independent Committee is composed of Hans Joerg Hunziker, Robert J. Keady and Rae A. McKeating. The Independent Committee intends to retain independent legal counsel and an independent financial advisor to assist in its review of a complete proposal once received. The Company has separately retained Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as its legal counsel in this matter.

The Company does not plan to disclose developments or provide updates on the progress or status of any potential transaction until the Independent Committee deems further disclosure is appropriate or required. No assurances can be given regarding the terms and details of any transaction, that any future proposal will be made by the Group, that any proposal made by the Group regarding a proposed transaction will be accepted by the Independent Committee, that definitive documentation relating to any such transaction will be executed, or that a transaction will be consummated in accordance with that documentation, if at all.


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SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned duly authorized officer.
 
Dated: March 23, 2021
 
 
 WILLIS LEASE FINANCE CORPORATION
  
 By:/s/ Dean M. Poulakidas
 Dean M. Poulakidas
 Senior Vice President and General Counsel

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