SPR Spirit Aerosystems

Filed: 30 Oct 20, 8:44am






Washington, D.C. 20549







Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 30, 2020


Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware 001-33160 20-2436320
(State or other jurisdiction of
 (Commission File Number) (IRS Employer Identification No.)


3801 South Oliver, Wichita, Kansas 67210
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (316) 526-9000


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 class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share SPR New York Stock Exchange


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).


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Item 2.01 Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets.


On October 30, 2020 (the “Closing Date”), Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”), through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (“Spirit”) and Spirit AeroSystems Global Holdings Limited (“Spirit UK”), completed its previously announced acquisition of the outstanding equity of Short Brothers plc (“Shorts”) and Bombardier Aerospace North Africa SAS (“BANA”), and substantially all the assets of the maintenance, repair and overhaul business in Dallas, Texas (the “Acquisition”) from Bombardier Inc., Bombardier Aerospace UK Limited, Bombardier Finance Inc. and Bombardier Services Corporation (collectively, the “Bombardier Sellers”) pursuant to the Share Purchase Agreement between Spirit, Spirit UK and the Bombardier Sellers (as amended, the “Purchase Agreement”). On the Closing Date, the parties also entered into certain ancillary agreements, as described in the Purchase Agreement.


To complete the Acquisition, the Company, through Spirit and Spirit UK, paid the Bombardier Sellers $275 million in net proceeds, and, as of the Closing Date, assumed liabilities including the Shorts Brothers Pension Scheme (the “Shorts Pension”), which has net pension liabilities of approximately $300 million, and the financial payment obligations under a repayable investment agreement between Shorts and the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”) of approximately $290 million (the “RLI”), in each instance measured as of September 30, 2020 on a basis consistent with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.


The RLI requires the repayment of levies to BEIS upon delivery of each A220 shipset to the customer. The RLI contains usual and customary affirmative and negative covenants for facilities and transactions of this type and that, among other things, restrict the Company’s, Spirit’s and Shorts’ ability to incur liens, guarantee obligations of third parties, or dispose of assets. These covenants are subject to a number of qualifications and limitations. The RLI provides for customary events of default, including, but not limited to, failure to pay the levies, failure to comply with covenants, agreements or conditions, and certain events of bankruptcy or insolvency involving the Company, Spirit or Shorts.


As required by the Purchase Agreement, on the first anniversary of the Closing Date, Spirit will make a special contribution of £100 million (approximately $130 million) to the Shorts Pension. Spirit has also issued an evergreen parent guaranty of up to £112.4 million (approximately $140 million) for the benefit of the Shorts Pension.


The foregoing description of the Purchase Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Purchase Agreement, which is referenced in Item 9.01 and incorporated by reference or attached (as applicable).


Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.


The information set forth in Item 2.01 above is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.


Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.


On October 30, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the closing of the Acquisition. A copy of the press release containing the announcement is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.


The information in this Item 7.01 of Form 8-K (including Exhibit 99.1) shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section, nor shall it be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.





Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.


Exhibit No. Description
10.1†† Agreement for the Sale and Purchase of (1) the Entire Issued Share Capital of Short Brothers plc and Bombardier Aerospace North Africa SAS and (2) Certain Other Assets, dated October 31, 2019, by and between Bombardier Inc., Bombardier Aerospace UK Limited, Bombardier Finance Inc., Bombardier Services Corporation, Spirit AeroSystems Global Holdings Limited, and Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (Incorporated by reference to the registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 001-33160), filed February 28, 2020, Exhibit 10.94).
10.2* Deed of Amendment, dated as of October 16, 2020, , by and among Spirit AeroSystems, Inc, and Spirit AeroSystems Global Holdings Limited, and Bombardier Inc., Bombardier Aerospace UK Limited, Bombardier Finance Inc. and Bombardier Services Corporation.
10.3 2nd Deed of Amendment, dated as of October 26, 2020, by and among Spirit AeroSystems, Inc, and Spirit AeroSystems Global Holdings Limited, and Bombardier Inc., Bombardier Aerospace UK Limited, Bombardier Finance Inc. and Bombardier Services Corporation (Incorporated by reference to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33160), filed October 26, 2020, Exhibit 10.1).
99.1** Press Release dated October 30, 2020.
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101).


* Filed herewith.
** Furnished herewith.
†† Indicates that confidential portions of the exhibit have been omitted in accordance with the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.







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 hereunto duly authorized.

Date: October 30, 2020By:  /s/ Stacy Cozad
  Name:Stacy Cozad
  Title:Senior Vice President, General Counsel,
Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary