We are a leading global aircraft leasing company. Our principal activity is leasing and trading aircraft, with a clear focus on young commercial jet aircraft of the types most popular with our customers.

Every minute, an aircraft managed by SMBC Aviation Capital takes off or lands somewhere in the world. With the strength of our shareholders, we give our airline and investor customers access to an exceptionally broad range of financial solutions. We also provide investment and aircraft management services.

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SMBC Aviation Capital results for the year ended 31 March 2017

-Another year of strong financial growth

-Driven by robust performance of aircraft trading operations

Dublin, 12 June 2017: SMBC Aviation Capital (or the “Company”), one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, today announces its results

Key Highlights

  • Strong financial performance with continued growth in all key financial measures
  • Revenue and other operating income up 11% to $1,162 million (2016: $1,046 million), driven by investments in young aircraft combined with strong aircraft trading activity
  • Operating profit up 25% to $661 million (2016: $530 million) and Profit before Taxation up 48% to $346 million (2016: $233 million)
  • Aircraft assets increased by 3% to $10.5 billion[2]
  • 670 owned, managed and committed aircraft at year-end
  • 111 transactions completed, including our first deliveries of newer technology AirbusA320neo and Boeing 787 aircraft, with our first A350 delivered since year-end
  • 39 aircraft from our portfolio sold to 24 investors, 20 of which are new customers
  • Continued portfolio enhancement, with weighted average age of fleet now 4.5 years
  • Credit ratings recently upgraded to A- from BBB+ by Fitch Ratings
  • $500m inaugural bond issuance closed in July 2016
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SMBC Aviation Capital's inaugural issuance of senior unsecured notes wins the Finance Dublin Debt Capital Markets Corporate Bonds Deal of the Year Award

SMBC Aviation Capital's inaugural issuance of senior unsecured notes has won the Finance Dublin Debt Capital Markets Corporate Bonds Deal of the Year Award.

Citing the reasons for the award, Finance Dublin said that the issuance was investment grade rated and marked a significant new funding source for one of Ireland’s major aircraft lessors. The successful issuance underscored the Japanese-owned lessor's commitment to diversifying its sources of funding and clearly demonstrated the market’s confidence in its growth plans. The company's Chief Financial Officer, Barry Flannery, said the issuance was significant from the company's point of view because it achieved further diversification of the company's financial base which makes sense in light of the continued growth of the business and amortisation of existing debt. 'It makes absolute sense for us to access the capital markets and we regard this as the beginning of a series of issuances over time. We will be a repeat issuer from here on,' he said.

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660+ Aircraft

Average fleet age of 4.5 years

We have A- (Fitch) and BBB+ (S&P) ratings

We have over 15 years experience

Our fleet strategy

Our strategy is to focus on the most modern, efficient and desirable aircraft types, working closely with our airline and investor customers to meet their specific requirements. Our portfolio of 453 owned and managed aircraft has a weighted average age of just 4.5 years, one of the youngest fleets in the commercial aircraft operating lease industry.

Our order book of 110 Airbus A320neo and 90 Boeing 737max are some of the most advanced aircraft in the world. While our focus is primarily on narrowbody aircraft, we also invest in the most technologically advanced widebody aircraft, including the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 families of aircraft.

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We offer excellent career opportunities, whether you're a seasoned professional or a bright, capable, ambitious young graduate. Our well-structured two-year graduate programme is open to people with a variety of skills.

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