Financial and Operational Revitalisation of a National Carrier
Applying a meticulous and structured approach, ACC Aviation carried out historical performance analyses and benchmarked the airline’s financial, commercial, and operational performance against its regional and global peers.
The analysis identified the airline’s low operational efficiency and aircraft utilisation, a high cost-base compared to its industry peers, and its accumulated poor financial position, which hindered the airline’s ability to access competitively priced capital for its fleet expansion plans.
ACC Aviation collaborated with the airline’s executive team to develop a restructuring strategy. This strategy saw the airline streamline its fleet, reduce its reliance on ACMI operations, and improve operational efficiency. In parallel, ACC Aviation’s financial advisory team developed a strategy to restructure the airline’s balance sheet, focussing heavily on a debt-equity swap of related company liabilities, which would bring the airline’s debt ratios in line with industry standards.
ACC Aviation delivered a realistic and bankable restructuring and turnaround plan for the national airline, approved by the state shareholding entity and the cabinet of ministers.
The national carrier now has a clear path to improving its financial performance and creating a sustainable business model. ACC Aviation has subsequently been engaged to support the airline in executing various projects related to the plan.
ACC Aviation provided valuable assistance to a West African financial institution by helping them protect their interests and reduce financial exposure during an aircraft remarketing process. Through careful tailoring of the aircraft lease agreement to account for the unique technical condition of the aircraft, ACC Aviation was able to help the lender structure a lease that effectively transferred significant risk and capital expenditure to the lessee.
ACC Aviation's asset management team recently assisted an HNWI in aircraft remarketing and disposing of a Boeing 737-300 aircraft. The aircraft, awarded to the client through a court-ordered settlement, belonged to the now-defunct Tayaran Jet.
ACC Aviation was engaged to perform the lease return process on our client’s behalf, performing the physical and technical inspection of the components, ensuring the components met lease return conditions, preparing and managing an open items list, and preparing the technical data room files in support of the remarketing process.
Our client set out to launch and manage a Shariah-compliant aircraft leasing fund with a targeted capitalisation of five billion dollars. The structure of the fund required a combination of equity and debt, with a targeted asset profile of new narrowbody and widebody aircraft.