Aircraft Investment

Asset Management

Advisory and Valuations

Aircraft Investment

Aircraft Remarketing and Transitions

Available Assets

Technical Services

Repossessions

Identifying investment opportunities and supporting decisions throughout your assets' life

 

Our Asset Management and Aircraft Finance Advisory teams work collaboratively to offer all-encompassing investment support, so our clients have our backing from beginning to end.

 

This includes identifying and advising on suitable investment opportunities, supporting purchase and leasing negotiations, and providing a range of technical services through the entire lease-term along with expert advice around mid-life strategies.

US$1.1B

of aircraft under IBA Asset Management programmes

330+

Aircraft and Engines Inspections Annually

300+

Buy Side Due-Diligence in 2019

30+

Redeliveries & Repossessions in 2019

Delivering End-To-End Aircraft Investment And Management Support

From pre-lease prospect identification to lease end extension, renewal or exit, IBA's Asset Management and Advisory teams partner with clients to deliver wide-ranging aircraft investment and management services. We can help with diverse activities including purchase due-diligence and lease contract negotiation, valuations, planned and unplanned maintenance, financial and legal processes, records management and aircraft and lease remarketing to ensure optimal outcomes.

 

Backed by InsightIQ intelligence and with abundant experience of aviation assets and leases, we supply effective business-critical management services to secure and develop clients' assets.

 

Support includes navigation of financial and legal processes, operating scheduled and ad-hoc maintenance events, overseeing and exploring aircraft utilisation and trends, controlling maintenance costs and maintenance fund administration.

 

We exploit our knowledge of aviation contracts to ensure lease maintenance obligations are fulfilled by developing comprehensive maintenance planning documents (MPDs). Underwriting the requirements of lease terms, such MPDs lay down clear, timetabled procedures for lease collection including rent, reserves, deposits and, if appropriate, letters of credit.

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We also monitor and analyse aircraft maintenance and utilisation data to ensure assets are operated and cared for by lessees in compliance with contract terms. Our aircraft records management facilities furnish clients with maintenance, service, operational and storage documentation that guarantees full traceability and accountability.

 

Such diligence is essential to preserve evidence of compliance with airworthiness directives or safety notices and supports asset values during aircraft redeliveries, repossessions and remarketing activity.

 

IBA's Maintenance and Cost Forecasting Solution equips clients with essential clarity of focus on aircraft maintenance reserves, events and costs to give total visibility of a portfolio's aviation assets. Empowered by accurate forecasting capabilities, clients can preserve adequate cashflow to provide for costly events such as airframe heavy checks, engine shop visits, life limited part (LLP) replacement or landing gear and auxiliary power unit (APU) overhaul.

 

Our Maintenance and Cost Forecasting Solution also allows clients to proactively realise and manage maintenance fund surpluses by way of trading, lease or re-lease or part-out decisions.

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Case Study: Setting up and managing a new aircraft leasing fund

The airline industry has seen record aircraft orders that are driven by the operational needs of airlines. Investors who are new to aviation have been keen to participate in the equity and debt financing and, as a result, need to have experienced teams as well as a platform to effectively source and manage assets.

 

The setting up and managing of a new aircraft leasing fund through to exit sounds daunting, but IBA Group supported the successful point-to-point delivery of what was known as the Investec Global Aircraft Fund (IGAF) portfolio.

 

Investec Bank Australia invited IBA to take part in equity raising roadshows in order to create a fund to invest in aircraft operating leases. As well as standing shoulder to shoulder with the structured finance team, IBA also sourced various assets with leases attached, as well as originating sale leaseback opportunities.

 

This type of project highlights the breadth and depth of the IBA team, as we provided valuable input on the aircraft values, including current, future, lease encumbered and maintenance reserve cash flows.

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We also offered insight on airline scoring and due diligence, lease document reviews, drafting and negotiation. IBA additionally presented the senior/mezzanine debt provider with information requests and investment committee reports, as well as taking part in the meetings and approval processes. This resulted in the initiation and growth of the IGAF portfolio.

 

The IGAF portfolio consisted of 20 aircraft, predominantly B737-800 and A320 aircraft, but also included A330-200/300s and B777300ERs across the world. Worthy operators included EVA Air, Qantas, IAG, Air China, Shenzhen Airlines, GOL and Jet Airways to name a few.

 

During that time IBA managed both the onboarding and ongoing asset management, whilst also extending the leases or, alternatively, redelivering and remarketing all of the original leases. Four aircraft were sold for part out during the period, including two B737-700s that were redelivered from Kenya Airways, and two B737-800s that were redelivered from Jet Airways. In those cases, the aircraft return conditions were renegotiated, allowing the airline to reduce their expenditure, whilst also allowing the fund to retain the multi-millions of dollars that were accrued for future maintenance. This added to the overall IRR for the fund.

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