Berkshire Hathaway shareholder Mason Kirby filed a lawsuit on Monday against Berkshire Hathaway, company executives Warren Buffett and Charles Munger and other officers and directors, including director Bill Gates, as well as former NetJets chairman and CEO David Sokol.
“We remain guardedly optimistic about a recovery in new business jet demand this year, but the path is a winding one and data points are mixed,” JPMorgan aerospace analyst Joseph Nadol III said in his firm’s latest monthly business jet report, released late last week.
“We are gaining confidence that a recovery is taking hold following good news in recent weeks,” JPMorgan North America Equity Research noted in its latest business jet update. The firm cited the net orders for 74 aircraft booked by Bombardier in the fourth quarter, as well as the recent firm order for 50 Bombardier Globals placed by NetJets.
Citing a “significant overhang” of pre-owned jets available at attractive prices, last month’s business jet market report from JPMorgan said business jet demand remains “anemic” while new aircraft backlogs continue to decline. “We see potential for further rate cuts if orders do not pick up. However, there are reasons for optimism,” noted JPMorgan aerospace analyst Joseph Nadol III.
Jupiter, Fla.-based business jet broker The Private Jet Company (TPJC) believes that the “confluence of factors creating the current buyer’s market” will not last beyond 12 months. While the firm clearly has a vested interest in encouraging the purchase of pre-owned business jets, it cited third-party data sources to support its claim.
In its latest monthly business jet report, released last week, investment research firm UBS saw a slight increase in the overall used aircraft inventory in November, its fourth straight monthly increase following a steady declining trend over the past 14 months. Available aircraft inventories were 3 percent higher than those in July.
Leading business aircraft manufacturers are starting to take some encouragement from improving market conditions and more than ever are counting on emerging markets like the Middle East to give them the momentum the beleaguered industry needs to achieve a full-blown recovery.
Revenues at Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets fractional aircraft subsidiary climbed 17 percent during the first nine months of this year versus a year ago “due to an increase in worldwide flight revenue hours and increased fuel cost recoveries, partially offset by lower management fees due to fewer aircraft in the NetJets program.” According to the third-quarter financial report, NetJets logged pre-tax earnings of $158 million in the first n
The recovery in the business jet market was mixed again last month, according to JPMorgan North American Equity Research’s latest monthly business jet report, released on Friday. Indicators for pre-owned business jets deteriorated a bit further last month, the firm said, while manufacturers saw increased order activity for new aircraft.
According to JPMorgan’s latest business jet monthly report, improvement in the pre-owned market has stalled. However, it expects the trend toward lower inventories to restart and continue. The nearly 3-percent decline in pre-owned inventories in