Daily News: April 23, 2015

Avolon $675MM Facility Finances 21 Aircraft

Avolon announced the completion of a new $675 million 8 year secured debt facility. The new facility will finance up to 21 aircraft at a margin of 1.65%. The facility is financed by six banks based in Europe and Asia-Pacific.


  • New $675 million full recourse secured facility with proceeds to be used to finance upcoming deliveries in addition to refinancing existing facilities.
  • Additional financing is incremental to Avolon’s undrawn debt of $920 million at March 31, 2015.
  • Significant flexibility including an availability period of up to 15 months, blind capacity to finance up to three aircraft that have not been identified at the time of entering into the facility and substitution rights to facilitate aircraft trading activity.
  • 8 year facility, at a margin of 1.65%, reflects the financial strength of Avolon and strong demand for the transaction.
  • Facility upsized from original RFP target of $500 million.
  • Mandated lead arrangers are: Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., BNP Paribas, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (London Branch), HSBC Bank plc and Natixis SA.

Andy Cronin, Avolon CFO, commented, “The closing of our single largest debt transaction, at a margin of 1.65%, is a milestone for the business and reflects the strength of our credit profile and strong demand from the bank market. This facility is consistent with our stated strategy of funding the business with low cost, long-term debt.”