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Gama Aviation PLC

24 November 2021

Date: 24th November 2021

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Gama Aviation Plc (AIM: GMAA)

("Gama Aviation" or the "Company" or "Group")

Sale of 20% share in associate

Gama Aviation, the global business aviation service provider, today announces that it has agreed the sale of its 20% holding in the issued share capital of China Aircraft Services Limited ("CASL") to Hutchison CCF Investments Limited (the "Sale"). CASL provides services to commercial airlines at Hong Kong Airport.

The Sale, which is for cash consideration of US$2.0m, is expected to close within the next 30 days subject only to the (i) consent to the Sale and waiver of their pre-emption rights by the other CASL shareholders; and (ii) approval of the Hong Kong Airport Authority. The proceeds from the Sale, which represents the Group's last associate investment, will be used to support the on-going strategic investments in its core businesses over which it can exercise full control.

In the Company's 2020 annual accounts, there were losses attributable to the investment in CASL, on a Statutory basis, of US$13.2m (2021 interim accounts for 6 months to 30 June 2021: US $ nil). The Company's share of CASL losses recorded within Adjusted EBIT were US$3.4m (2021 interim accounts for 6 months to 30 June 2021: US$1.5m). In the Company's balance sheet as at 31 December 2020, the investment in CASL was recognised at US$2.0m (2021 interim balance sheet at 30 June 2021: US$2.0m). On completion of the Sale no gain or loss on disposal is expected.

The Sale is a related party transaction under the AIM Rules for Companies as the purchaser is an associate of the Company's largest shareholder Hutchison Capital Holdings Limited ("Hutchison").

The directors of Gama Aviation (excluding Hutchison's representative, Simon To), having consulted with the Company's nominated advisor WH Ireland Limited, consider that the terms of the Sale are fair and reasonable insofar as its shareholders are concerned.


Gama Aviation Plc +44 (0) 1252 553 029

Marwan Khalek, Chief Executive

Daniel Ruback, Chief Financial Officer

Camarco +44 (0) 20 3757 4992

Ginny Pulbrook

Geoffrey Pelham-Lane

WH Ireland +44 (0) 207 220 1666

James Joyce

Ben Good

Gama Aviation - Notes to Editors

Founded in 1983 with the simple purpose of providing aviation services that equip its customers with decisive advantage, Gama Aviation Plc (LSE AIM: GMAA) is a highly valued global partner to blue chip corporations, government agencies, healthcare trusts and private individuals.

The Group has three global divisions: Business Aviation (Aircraft Management, Charter, FBO & Maintenance), Special Mission (Air Ambulance & Rescue, National Security & Policing, Infrastructure & Survey, Energy & Offshore); and Technology & Outsourcing (Flight Operations, FBO, CAM software, Flight Planning, CAM & ARC services)

More details can be found at: http://www.gamaaviation.com/

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