Dublin, 14 November 2017: SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, today announces its results[1] for the half year ended 30 September 2017.

Key Highlights:
Profit before tax of $167 million, up 3.1% compared to H1 2016 ($162 million).
Revenue and Other Income of $566 million.
Aircraft assets[2] of $10.5 billion, comprising 278 owned and 174 managed aircraft.
7 new aircraft deliveries, 6 of which are newest technology A320neo and A350 aircraft.
14% of portfolio now comprised of newest technology A320neo, A350 and B787 aircraft.
13 owned aircraft sold with an average age of 7.5 years
Contracted sale agreements / letters of intent signed for the sale of a further 38 aircraft, including a portfolio of 20 aircraft to Aircastle.
Raised $500 million in new funding through bond issue in July 2017.
Shareholder announcement of up to USD $1 billion capital injection by 31 March 2019.

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.”