LONDON, April 28 Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L)
has put on hold the sale of RBS Aviation Capital, one of the
world's biggest plane leasing businesses, seven months after
starting a sale process, a person familiar with the matter said.
Part-nationalised RBS appointed Goldman Sachs (GS.N) in
September to consider a sale or other options for the business,
which is one of the top five commercial airline lessors, with
total lending and owned assets of $12 billion.[ID:nL8281007]
But the bank was not looking to sell the unit at present, as
the business should benefit from a cyclical pickup in the
aviation industry in the future, the source said.
A spokeswoman for RBS said: "We have a significant number of
transactions running and only conclude where we see value for
Goldman Sachs declined to comment.
RBS Aviation owns, manages or has orders for 372 aircraft
and serves 100 airline customers in 38 countries, according to
its website. It has a 90-strong team based in Dublin, London,
New York, Hong Kong and several other cities.
RBS, 83 percent owned by the UK government, is being forced
to sell a batch of 318 branches, its insurance business and
several other assets by European regulators, but RBS Aviation is
not one of them.
(Reporting by Steve Slater and Victoria Howley; editing by