IBA, the leading independent aviation analytics and advisory company, has been crowned Appraiser of the Year 2021 in the prestigious Airline Economics Aviation 100 Awards. This is the third time in four years, and the fourth time to date, that IBA has secured the title, having previously won in 2012, 2018 and 2020.
The coveted awards, which celebrate the year's most outstanding performers in the aviation finance sector, saw IBA recognised by an industry-wide vote and a panel of expert judges for the trusted appraisal and intelligence services.
Voters were this year asked to pay particular attention to companies' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including their ability to raise additional funds and manage a new operating environment as well as their overall crisis response and future resilience.
During 2020, IBA performed over 3,500 transaction and portfolio valuations, appraised 90% of asset backed security (ABS) structures, and was appointed Appraiser and Adviser to COMAC's ARJ21 programme. IBA appointed several new aviation analysts to meet demand for maintenance adjusted appraisals of less common asset types and opened new offices in China, the US and Singapore.
Over the last year IBA has invested substantially in its online aviation analytics platform, InsightIQ. The new and fully integrated aviation data platform is specifically tailored to the needs of the aviation finance market and equips appraisers with industry leading analytics and a comprehensive market perspective. With the most up to date and comprehensive intelligence available on the market, IBA's appraisals team is equipped with instant access to advanced fleets, flights, values, trends, carbon emissions and liquidity analytics.
IBA's efforts to support its customers and the wider industry throughout the pandemic were recognised in the results of the Appraiser of the Year award survey: IBA received almost three times as many votes as the runner-up.
Phil Seymour, President and Head of Advisory at IBA, says: "Winning the Appraiser of the Year Award for the fourth time is a testament to our global team of more than twenty-five aviation analysts and six ISTAT-certified appraisers, who work tirelessly to deliver unparalleled asset value intelligence and panoramic market analysis to our clients. We are in a period of rapid transformation and change, and IBA will continue to respond and innovate with new intelligence solutions in 2021 - starting with our latest, first of its kind, Carbon Emissions Calculator from InsightIQ.
"On behalf of the entire team, I would like to thank our customers, partners and industry colleagues for their recognition and support. We look forward to surpassing your expectations in 2021 and beyond."
IBA has over 30 years' experience in delivering independent, expert business analysis and data on the aviation sector. Established in 1988, it provides a wide range of services including InsightIQ, a one-stop intelligence platform combining speed, accuracy, visual analytics and intuitive navigation.
IBA advises prominent investment funds and banks, aircraft leasing companies, operators, manufacturers and MROs. In April 2021, IBA was named 'Appraiser of the Year' for the third time by Airline Economics.
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