Billions of dollars worth of new corporate deals are set to be struck in the aerospace sector over the coming weeks, according to Michael Richter, managing director and co-head of Lazard's Aerospace & Defense Investment Banking Group. In part, these deals are being driven by tactical investment factors, such as the need for U.S.
Buyers of coverage for aircraft, aviation businesses and property have found a silver lining in the recession: relatively stable prices for insurance. Attendees at this year’s Aviation Insurance Association (AIA) conference confirm the news; too much available insurance capacity means that no underwriter has the power to raise prices.
The Aviation Alliance Insurance Risk Retention Group (AAIRRG), developed by the Alexandria, Virginia-based Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and Polaris Enterprise Group, received its certificate of authority (insurance license) this week from the state of Montana. AAIRRG will provide product-liability insurance exclusively to repair stations that are ARSA members.
Berkshire Hathaway’s first-quarter financial report notes that revenues at its NetJets subsidiary grew by 18 percent year-over-year, generating positive pre-tax earnings of $57 million versus a pre-tax loss of $96 million in the same period last year.
Despite teetering over the abyss of economic collapse and having to overcome negative public perception surrounding corporate jet ownership, the used aircraft market has battled back, slowly and perhaps surprisingly consistently, chipping away at a glutted market. Month after month since late 2008, buyers have stepped into the market and pared back the numbers to arrive at the lowest inventory level in a year-and-a-half.
UBS Investment Research’s May business jet index came in at 50, indicative of a stable market and in line with its previous two surveys in January and March. “This recent plateau follows increases in our index over our prior eight surveys, going back to late 2008,” UBS said.
Barely two years ago prospective business aircraft buyers in Europe were among the most sought-after clients for a banking industry attracted both to the high rates of growth in this market sector and to the exceptional strength of asset values, driven largely by soaring demand and long delivery backlogs.
The February 6 collapse of the Dulles Jet Center roof under a heavy blanket of snow– and the estimated $300 million worth of corporate jets damaged or destroyed in the event–has raised questions about insurance liability.
Private-equity firm Carlyle is reportedly seeking a buyer for aviation communications services company Arinc in a sale that could command as much as $1 billion. Carlyle acquired Arinc in July 2007.
While UBS Investment Research’s March business jet index reflects a stable market, other indictors showed that the business aviation market recovery has stalled a bit. According to a market report released yesterday by the investment firm, pre-owned business jet inventories were roughly unchanged in February, following declines in each of the prior six months.