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MD Helicopter Recapitalizes, Prepares for LUH Competition

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MD 500 Defender(click to view full) Light helicopter manufacturer MD Helicopters, Inc. in Mesa, AZ, completed a significant restructuring transaction this month. As part of the transaction, Patriarch Partners, LLC, a New York based financial firm with approximately $4.5 billion under management, acquired a controlling interest. The restructuring ensures that MDHI is designed to provide adequate working capital to continue production of existing product lines, aggressively improve customer support and fulfill existing orders. Following the recapitalization, MDHI is an independent Arizona-based company. As part of the recapitalization… RDM, a Netherlands-based group who purchased the light helicopter operations in 1999 from The Boeing Company (who acquired MD in turn via its merger with Hughes), has retained a minority interest through one of its operating companies. Patriarch Partners CEO Lynn Tilton believes that the depth of his firm’s asset base and support networks provide the long-term financial and strategic support that the Company needs to “rise to its natural level” in the light helicopter market. MD Helicopters manufactures the twin-engine MD 900 Explorer, MD 600N, and the MD 500 Series – including the MD 520N, MD 500E and the MD 530F. The proprietary NOTAR(R) (NO TAil Rotor) anti-torque system is standard equipment […]

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