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 half year ended 30 September 2017

- Another period of strong profitability, driven by core leasing business –

- Robust demand fuelling aircraft trading activity -

Dublin, 14 November 2017: SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, today announces its results[1] for the half year ended 30 September 2017.

Key Highlights:

  • Profit before tax of $167 million, up 3.1% compared to H1 2016 ($162 million).
  • Revenue and Other Income of $566 million.
  • Aircraft assets[2] of $10.5 billion, comprising 278 owned and 174 managed aircraft.
  • 7 new aircraft deliveries, 6 of which are newest technology A320neo and A350 aircraft.
  • 14% of portfolio now comprised of newest technology A320neo, A350 and B787 aircraft.
  • 13 owned aircraft sold with an average age of 7.5 years
  • Contracted sale agreements / letters of intent signed for the sale of a further 38 aircraft, including a portfolio of 20 aircraft to Aircastle.
  • Raised $500 million in new funding through bond issue in July 2017.
  • Shareholder announcement of up to USD $1 billion capital injection by 31 March 2019.

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SMBC Aviation Capital hosts annual trade investor seminars in Japan

SMBC Aviation Capital, in conjunction with its shareholders, SMBC and SMFL has hosted its fourth annual trade investor seminars in Japan on the topic of investing in aircraft and tailored financing options including JOL and JOLCO.In total, more than 350 potential investors are expected to attend both events.

A number of workshops also addressed the topics of what investors can expect from their lease servicer, including aircraft remarketing and transitions.Potential investors were also informed about valuing an aircraft from an appraiser panel discussion.

Michael Weiss, Head of Aircraft Trading, SMBC Aviation Capital said “This annual event in collaboration with our shareholders continues to attract much interest.Japan is a key area of focus for us as we see continued demand for investing in aircraft from this strategically important market for the sector.This is an example of how we can work together with our shareholder to leverage mutual synergies, including the development of innovative financing solutions for our customers around the world.”

Aircraft as an asset class continues to grow in popularity for a number of reasons including the predicted growth of air travel, the need for new aircraft to satisfy that demand, and increasing importance of aircraft leasing to the sector over the coming years.In addition, investors are attracted by the risk adjusted returns achieved when investing in this movable asset.


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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 451 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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