Al Salam invests in jet lease to Emirates
Manama, January 9, 2013
In the third investment of its kind, Al Salam Bank Bahrain has announced the acquisition of an equity stake in a second brand new Boeing 777-300 ER on a 12-year-long renewable term lease to the Emirates Airlines.
The planes have been delivered to Emirates Airlines in June and November 2012.
The bank had previously acquired in 2007 a Boeing 777-200ER on lease to the Malaysian Airlines.
Talal Abdul Aziz Al Mulla, acting head of Investment, said: “This is a unique investment opportunity with a high quality asset and a financially strong lessee.”
“This investment comes in line with the bank’s strategy in providing opportunities producing regular income and continuous cash returns,” he added.
Anwar Murad, head of Private Banking, said: “This is the third investment opportunity in the aviation sector that has been offered to Al Salam Bank accredited investors. The investment offers an attractive yield of 9 per cent p.a. and is a good tool to diversify investors’ income stream. Both opportunities were remarkably oversubscribed by GCC investors.”
The Boeing 777-300ER is considered one of the most popular amongst the B777 family with backlog of orders exceeding 270 aircrafts. There are approximately 28 operators of this type of aircraft.
The aircraft is on long term lease to Emirates thus providing an opportunity for investors to benefit from a regular income stream secured by a top tier airline. Emirates airlines has recently published its results for the year ended March 2012 generating revenues of circa $17 billion, an increase of 15 per cent from the previous year. The latest financial results marked a remarkable 24th consecutive year of profitability.
Al Salam Bank-Bahrain has identified this opportunity and retained a sizeable stake of the investment in the proprietary portfolio and sold down the remaining portion to its investors who have shown interest in the transaction.
Novus Aviation is acting as the lease and aircraft manager, International Bureau of Aviation acted as the technical advisor, and Clifford Chance Middle East provided legal advice on the transaction. – TradeArabia News Service
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