The bond financing for 10 ATR 72-600s of Lion Air Group gets Airfinance Journal’s “Export Credit Deal of the Year 2015”

Miami, 19 April 2016 – The Coface backed bond refinancing of 10 ATR 72-600s for Transportation Partners (Lion Air Group) was awarded the “Export Credit Deal of the Year 2015” by Airfinance Journal. The ceremony took place at the 17th Annual Deals of the Year Awards Dinner, in Miami. The award was obtained by BNP Paribas, sole lead manager of the transaction, which closed for an amount of USD 143 million floating rate notes due 2025 for Aeronautic Investments 18 Limited with the guarantee of Coface, France’s Export Credit Agency. Italy’s Export Credit Agency Sace counter-guaranteed Coface for 50% of the transaction. Aeronautic Investments 18 Limited is an issuing vehicle set up within an aircraft financing structure for Transportation Partners, an integrated aviation services company based in Singapore supporting aircraft deliveries to Lion Air.
The Airfinance Journal award is a tribute to innovation behind the very first Coface guaranteed bond financing for ATR aircraft, as well as the world’s first-ever Coface guaranteed bond transaction for an Asian client. This is also the first time that a financing for ATR aircraft is awarded Airfinance Journal’s “Export Credit Deal of the Year”, in a category which evaluates deals all over the world for all aircraft types, including single-aisles and wide-bodies. In recent years, different ATR financings obtained several Airfinance Journal awards in deal categories in specific regions.
Mr. Giovanni Tramparulo, Senior Vice-President Finance & Chief Financial Officer of ATR, said: This award, which underlines an outstanding cooperation, opens new opportunities to close additional ATR funds in the near future. We are confident that other customers and leasing firms will benefit in the coming months from the innovative financial structures set up to ease the introduction of new ATR -600s fleets”. 

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