Avolon Announces Closing Of US$620 Million Fixed Rate Notes

posted on 21st February 2020 by Eddie Saunders
Avolon Announces Closing Of US$620 Million Fixed Rate Notes

Avolon Holdings Limited, the international aircraft leasing company, announces that Sapphire Aviation Finance II LLC and Sapphire Aviation Finance II Limited (collectively, the “Issuers“ or “SAPA 2020-1”), newly established special purpose companies, closed a total of US$620 million of Fixed Rate Notes (the “Issue”).

The issue will comprise:

  • US$490 million of 3.228% Series 2020-1 A Fixed Rate Notes due 2040 (the “Series A Notes”) issued at a 3.250% yield;
  • US$86 million of 4.335% Series 2020-1 B Fixed Rate Notes due 2040 (the “Series B Notes”) issued at a 4.375% yield; and,
  • US$44 million of 6.779% Series 2020-1 C Fixed Rate Notes due 2040 (the “Series C Notes”) issued at a 6.875% yield (collectively, the “Notes”).

The notes are rated:

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Additionally, Sapphire II Limited (the “Certificate Issuer”) offered equity certificates representing the equity interest in SAPA 2020-1 (the “Equity Certificates”), with LibreMax Capital, LLC selected as the anchor investor and Avolon acquiring a minority share.

The Notes are backed by a portfolio of 21 aircraft (the “Portfolio”), with an appraised value of $746.8 million, which will be acquired by SAPA 2020-1 from Avolon using the proceeds of the issuance. The Portfolio comprises a mix of 21 narrowbody and widebody aircraft that have a weighted average age of 7.5 years and are on lease to 19 lessees/airlines based in 18 countries. Avolon will act as servicer with respect to the Portfolio and any additional aircraft acquired by the Issuers.

Dómhnal Slattery, CEO Avolon commented: “This transaction follows the successful launch of our Sapphire vehicle in 2018 and we are particularly pleased with the yield for this issue, which is the lowest debt yield of any aircraft ABS issuance over the last decade. Investor demand for this issue reflects our standing in the capital markets and further builds on Avolon’s reputation as a leading ABS servicer.”