Recovery and remarketing of a non-performing aircraft portfolio
A consortium of lenders, led by one of the largest financial institutions in the Caribbean, had provided a lending facility to a national carrier based in the region, which was secured by a portfolio of 11 aircraft assets. Due to several market factors, the debtor airline suffered significant financial distress leading to its collapse, which rendered it unable to maintain the aircraft or service its debt obligations to the lenders.
The lenders found that aircraft were not operational, parked at various locations at the airport, and the airline had not honoured debt obligations for a considerable period. Furthermore, the lenders had little knowledge of the aircraft’s technical condition and current market values nor the best approach to recovering their investment.
The client required the services of a specialist aviation consultancy to advise on their aircraft portfolio and lead the value recovery project.
The consortium of lenders engaged ACC Aviation to provide a range of asset management, technical, valuation and advisory services in relation to the aircraft portfolio.
Our scope of work included:
- Technical Inspections. ACC Aviation deployed a team of technical resources to perform technical inspections on the aircraft and the airline’s technical capabilities. The condition of all assets was meticulously documented, a technical data room of aircraft records was prepared, and inspection reports were presented to the consortium of lenders.
- Value Preservation. Our technical team reviewed the assets’ condition and compliance with the applicable storage program, with recommendations on remedial actions to improve the assets’ storage condition and, therefore, value preservation for future sale.
- Due Diligence. A timeline of the technical and operational status of the portfolio was mapped against the lending transaction, auditing the transaction history against representations made by the airline.
- Based on the findings of the inspection reports, ACC Aviation’s appraisers provided the lenders with their opinion on the current market value of the aircraft and the likely disposal proceeds on liquidating the portfolio.
- Remarketing. ACC Aviation was instructed to liquidate and remarket the portfolio. We recommended the optimal remarketing strategy and prepared the technical specification for each aircraft. After approval by the lenders, ACC Aviation led the remarketing project, sourcing offers from interested parties, recommending which offers to pursue, and thereafter project managed the transaction process.
As a result, the lender consortium was able to:
- Understand the technical condition and current market value of its aircraft collateral
- Understand the transaction timeline and how that mapped out against the technical condition of the aircraft
- Confidently decide on liquidation of the portfolio, with confidence in outcomes, including likely sale proceeds
- Dispose of the aircraft portfolio and exit their investment in the aircraft
Over ten months, ACC Aviation successfully supported the consortium to prepare and fully liquidate the non-performing portfolio, recovering significant amounts of capital for the lenders.
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