DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to three series of notes (the “Notes”) issued by Sapphire Aviation Finance II Limited and Sapphire Finance II LLC (together, “SAPA 2020-1” or the “Issuers”).
Proceeds from the sale of the Notes will be used to acquire 21 aircraft (the “Portfolio”) on lease to 19 lessees located in 18 jurisdictions. As of December 31, 2019, the initial weighted average aircraft age of the Portfolio is approximately 7.5 years with a weighted average remaining lease term of approximately 6.4 years. The composition of the Portfolio consists of 18 narrowbody aircraft (68.3% by value) and three widebody aircraft (31.7% by value). The Portfolio has an initial value of approximately $746.8 million, based on the average of the half-life base values provided by three appraisers as of the third quarter of 2019 and adjusted for maintenance conditions as determined by Alton Aviation Consultancy LLC (“Alton”) as of January 2020.
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Related Publications: (available at www.kbra.com)
- Sapphire Aviation Finance II Limited and Sapphire Aviation Finance II LLC Pre-Sale Report
- Global Aviation ABS Rating Methodology
- Global Structured Finance Counterparty Methodology
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