Swissport to defer IPO and listing on SIX Swiss Exchange
Swissport Group ("Swissport"), the global leader in ground services and cargo handling, will defer the planned Initial Public Offering ("IPO") and listing of its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange due to current market conditions. The company, a subsidiary of Chinese HNA Group Co. Ltd., had announced on January 25, 2018 its intention to seek an IPO.
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Swissport International Ltd. provides mission-critical ground services for more than 265 million passengers and handles 4.7 million tonnes of air cargo a year on behalf of some 850 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of 68,000 personnel, Swissport is active at 315 stations in 50 countries across five continents. The company generated consolidated operating revenue of EUR 2.8 billion in 2017. www.swissport.com.
About HNA Group
HNA Group is a global Fortune 500 company focused on tourism, logistics, and financial services. Since its founding in 1993, HNA Group has evolved from a regional airline based on Hainan Island in southern China into a global company with over $145 billion in assets, and more than $100 billion in annual revenues based on 2017 figures, primarily across America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.hnagroup.com.
Swissport International Ltd.
T: +41 43 815 00 00
Richard Oldworth / Chris Judd
T: +44 (0)20 7466 5000
For HNA Group:
Sard Verbinnen & Co
Matt Benson / Conrad Harrington
T: +1 212 687 8080 / +44 (0)20 3178 8914
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