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VSE lands distribution deal with engine manufacturer
VSE will be the distributor for more than 6,000 flight-critical components used in 100 business and general aviation and regional aviation engine platforms. The deal builds on existing expertise and will generate revenue.

Aftermarket distribution company and MRO provider VSE Corporation has entered into a 15-year distribution agreement valued at approximately $1 billion over the life of the contract with a global aircraft engine manufacturer.

Under the terms of the agreement, VSE will be the distributor for more than 6,000 flight-critical components used in more than 100 business and general aviation and regional aviation engine platforms. VSE will support customers with both new and exchange components. VSE expects to service more than 5,000 US-based aircraft with on-demand, flight-critical components on a 24/7 basis to support scheduled line maintenance and AOG (aircraft on-ground) events.

The move is seen as an opportunity to service new business and general aviation customers: VSE Aviation will be the first point of contact for B&GA owners, operators and maintenance providers, supplying critical engine components and on-demand part and repair solutions. This agreement positions VSE to provide complementary product and service offerings that support long-term market share gains within attractive customer verticals.

The deal builds on VSE's existing expertise: VSE Aviation is a well-established leader in engine accessory repair and technical proprietary parts distribution. This agreement significantly expands the company's service of both new and existing engine platforms. In conjunction with this OEM partnership, VSE intends to expand its repair capabilities to service additional engine accessory exchange units.

It is expected to generate stable, long-term contractual revenue: The agreement is expected to commence in second quarter 2021. VSE currently expects programme revenue from the agreement to be approximately $12 million in 2021 and $45 million in 2022. Once fully implemented, the programme is anticipated to generate more than $60 million in annual revenue. The company expects to invest approximately $56 million in inventory during the initiation of the programme to support stable, ongoing customer demand in the field.

“We believe this distribution agreement is transformational for VSE Aviation, building on our partnership with one of the leading global aircraft engine manufacturers serving the business jet and general aviation market,” states John Cuomo, president and CEO of VSE Corporation. “This opportunity leverages our deep distribution and engine accessory repair capabilities across new platforms and more customer accounts, while providing a stable stream of contracted revenue through 2036.

“This partnership affords VSE direct access to business jet owner-operators who value our ability to provide a broad mix of products, accessories and components on a 24/7, on-demand basis. By moving closer to the operator, we see significant potential to increase our penetration in the B&GA market, while strengthening aftermarket support service levels on behalf of our OEM partner."

VSE group president Ben Thomas adds: “VSE Aviation was selected for this agreement because of our unique value proposition, which combines our proven distribution capabilities and experience managing complex, global supply chains, together with our extensive MRO capabilities. This distinctive solution positions us to deliver new accessories to customers in the field, while managing product exchanges historically managed by our OEM partner. We look forward to building upon this OEM relationship while continuing to deliver an exceptional level of service to our customers.”

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