- 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 for the half year ended 30 September 2017.
Commenting on the results, Peter Barrett, CEO of SMBC Aviation Capital, said:
"We are pleased with our performance in the first half of the year. Our portfolio valued at $10.5 billion has been the primary driver of the strong result in our core operating lease business. We have continued our transition to new technology aircraft, with the majority of deliveries this year being the newest A320neo and A350 aircraft.
We have again seen significant activity in our trading business and have taken advantage of the increased demand for good quality assets to selectively trade aircraft, in line with our strategy of trading through the cycle. In the year to date we have closed 13 sales, with contracts and letters of intent for sales of a further 38 aircraft, including our 20 aircraft deal with Aircastle.
Furthermore, last week's announcement from our shareholders that they are to provide up to USD $1billion in capital to the company, coupled with our bond programme which raised USD $500 million in July, means that we are well positioned to fund our future expansion plans."
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About SMBC Aviation Capital
SMBC Aviation Capital is one of the world's top 5 largest aircraft lessors, with c. 100 airline customers in 42 countries. As of 30 September 2017, the company owns, manages and is committed to purchase 668 aircraft. Established in 2001, the company rebranded to SMBC Aviation Capital in 2012 following its acquisition by a consortium comprising two of Japan's biggest companies SMFG and Sumitomo Corporation.
 The financial and non-financial metrics disclosed for the period relate to SMBC Aviation Capital, its subsidiaries and affiliate group companies
 Owned aircraft assets under operating lease (including assets held for sale)