UPDATE 1-European helicopter firm Inaer for sale -sources

* Inaer likely to fetch 7-9 times 75 mln euro ebitda-sources

* Apax, Cinven, Carlyle, CVC among likely suitors-sources

* Investindustrial bought 75 pct for 205 mln euros in 2005

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By Quentin Webb and Greg Roumeliotis

LONDON/AMSTERDAM, April 20 (BestGrowthStock) – Southern European
private equity firm Investindustrial is seeking to sell
helicopter firm Grupo Inaer for as much as 675 million euros
($908 million), people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Based in Spain, Inaer operates fleets of helicopters and
aeroplanes, aiding in medical emergencies, forest fire-fighting,
and maritime salvage. It also has operations in Britain, Chile,
Italy and Portugal.

The sale, which is being handled by JPMorgan, would be the
latest in a series of so-called “secondary buyouts” in Europe,
where private equity firms sell each other portfolio companies.

Inaer is likely to attract interest from buyout firms keen
on business services, and those with a solid Iberian footprint,
the people said. That list could include firms such as Apax
[APAX.UL], Carlyle [CYL.UL], Cinven [CINV.UL] and Charterhouse
[CHCAP.UL], two of the people said.

The company has earnings before interest, tax, depreciation
and amortisation (EBITDA) of about 75 million euros and could
fetch about 7 to 9 times that figure, these people added —
implying a price tag of 525 to 675 million euros.

Bidders are preparing indicative offers after receiving
information documents, the people said, and will now take part
in a standard two-stage auction.

Potential buyers will have to grapple with Inaer’s hefty
capital expenditure needs: it invested almost 80 million euros
in its fleet in 2008, according to its website, compared to a
turnover of nearly 250 million euros.

Investindustrial bought a 75 percent stake in predecessor
company Inaer Inversiones Aereas SRL for 205 million euros in
July 2005, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Investindustrial declined to comment. The private equity
firms had no immediate comment.
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(Additional reporting by Zaida Espana and Simon Meads in
London; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)

UPDATE 1-European helicopter firm Inaer for sale -sources