DUBLIN, Ireland, April 16, 2019 – Fly Leasing Limited (NYSE: FLY) (“FLY”), a global leader in aircraft leasing, today announced that it has completed the sale of a portfolio of 12 aircraft for an aggregate price of approximately $295 million. The portfolio was comprised of Airbus A320 and Boeing B737 narrow-body aircraft with an average age of over 10 years.
“This portfolio sale accomplishes several strategic objectives; including generating free cash, reducing leverage, reducing our lessee concentration, and lowering the average age of our fleet,” said Colm Barrington, CEO of FLY. “This is another example of how FLY has consistently sold aircraft from its portfolio at premiums to book value, underscoring the strong value of our fleet.”
Three sales were recognized in the fourth quarter of 2018, eight sales were completed in the first quarter of 2019, and the final sale was completed in April. The sales were at a premium to net book value. FLY will be reporting its first quarter results on May 9th, as previously announced.