This excerpt taken from the AYR 8-K filed Sep 26, 2007.
Secondary Common Shares
Stamford, CT. September 26, 2007 Aircastle Limited (NYSE: AYR) today announced that it filed a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 on which common shares may be offered by the Company from time to time. The Company also announced today that it is commencing a follow-on public offering of 10,000,000 primary common shares and certain funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC will be offering 10,000,000 secondary common shares. Upon completion of the offering, these funds will continue to own approximately 39% of the total shares outstanding of the Company. In connection with the offering, the Company has granted the underwriters of the offering an option to purchase up to 1,000,000 additional common shares, and the selling funds have granted the underwriters the option to purchase an additional 1,000,000 common shares, which will be sold on a pro rata basis to cover over-allotments.
Proceeds received by the Company from this offering are intended to be used to repay amounts outstanding under Aircastles credit facilities and for other general corporate purposes.
JPMorgan, Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., and Citi are acting as joint book-running managers and as representatives for the underwriters of this offering.
When available, copies of the prospectus and the prospectus supplement related to the proposed offering may be obtained from the prospectus departments of: JPMorgan, located at National Statement Processing, Prospectus Library, 4 Chase Metrotech Center, CS Level, Brooklyn, NY 11245; Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., located at 383 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10179 Attn: Prospectus Department; and Citi, located at Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220.
A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.