LAN Airlines S.A. (LAN) and TAM S.A. (TAM) announce that today LAN and Holdco II S.A., a special purpose company created to effect the proposed combination of LAN and TAM, filed a registration statement on Form F-4 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This registration statement contains a preliminary form of the offer to exchange/prospectus that will be used in the United States by Holdco II to make the exchange offer for TAM’s outstanding shares and by LAN to issue the LAN shares that will be delivered at the settlement of the exchange offer.
This filing represents one more step in the legal process related to the creation of the LATAM Airlines Group resulting from the merger of both companies. Through the aid of international consultants, LAN and TAM have started working on the preliminary technical aspects and integration of both companies, confident that the merger will be completed during the first quarter 2012. The companies are waiting for the final approval from regulators and minority shareholders of both companies.
LAN Airlines is one of the leading passenger and cargo airlines in Latin America. The company and its affiliates serve over 70 destinations around the world through an extensive network that offers full connectivity within Latin America, while also linking the region with North America, Europe and the South Pacific, as well as 70 additional international destinations through its various code share agreements. LAN Airlines and its affiliates have a leading position in their respective domestic markets of Chile and Peru as well as an important presence in the Argentinean and Ecuadorian domestic markets. Furthermore, in November 2010, LAN acquired Colombian airline AIRES.
Currently, LAN Airlines and its affiliates operate 130 passenger aircraft while LAN Cargo and its respective affiliates have a fleet of 14 dedicated freighters. The Company has one of the youngest fleets in the world which has meant greater efficiency and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, reflecting its strong commitment to the protection of the environment.