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Washington, DC 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 16, 2018



Willis Lease Finance Corporation

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)




Delaware   001-15369   68-0070656

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

773 San Marin Drive, Suite 2215

Novato, California 94998

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (415) 408-4700



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Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

On August 16, 2018, Willis Lease Finance Corporation (the “Company”) and Willis Engine Structured Trust IV, a Delaware statutory trust of which the Company is the sole beneficiary (“WEST IV”), entered into a note purchase agreement dated August 16, 2018 (the “Note Purchase Agreement”) with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, MUFG Securities Americas Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (collectively, the “Initial Purchasers”). The Note Purchase Agreement provides for the issuance and sale of $326.8 million aggregate principal amount of WEST IV’s Series A 2018-A Fixed Rate Notes and $46.7 million aggregate principal amount of Series B 2018-A Fixed Rate Notes (collectively, the “Notes”) to the Initial Purchasers. The Initial Purchasers are expected to resell the Notes pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S of the Securities Act of 1933. The Notes will be secured by (among other things) WEST IV’s direct and indirect ownership interests in a portfolio of 55 aircraft engines and one airframe. The Note Purchase Agreement contains customary representations, warranties, covenants and closing conditions for a transaction of this type. The Note Purchase Agreement also contains provisions pursuant to which the Company and WEST IV agree to hold harmless and indemnify the Initial Purchasers against damages under certain circumstances, which are customary for a transaction of this type.

The issuance and sale of the Notes are part of an offering, which, subject to satisfaction of a variety of customary conditions precedent, is scheduled to close on August 22, 2018. The Company can give no assurance that the transaction will close on that date or at all.



Item 8.01 Other Events

On August 16, 2018, the Company issued a news release in connection with the matters described under Item 1.01 above. A copy of the news release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.



Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits.






99.1    News release by Willis Lease Finance Corporation, dated August 16, 2018.




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: August 16, 2018     By:   /s/ Dean M. Poulakidas
        Dean M. Poulakidas
        Senior Vice President and General Counsel