Dassault Aviation reported ?900 million ($1.28 billion) in Falcon sales in the first half, down slightly from the ?1.1 billion ($1.56 billion) recorded in the same period last year, but cancellations of previous business jet orders far exceeded sales. Thus, the value of Dassault’s consolidated orders for the first six months was -?1.13 billion
Financing, Insurance and Taxes
Issues regarding financing of aircraft; aviation insurance; tax issues for aircraft operators; new companies and people in the aviation financing and insurance industries.
In an economy that has ravaged aviation, one stable segment is the insurance industry, but change is coming. “Nobody knows what [the future is] going to look like,” an industry expert told AIN.
“Available business jet inventories look finally to be stabilizing,” UBS Investment Research noted in its latest business jet update, although pre-owned inventory remains at record-high levels, at 18 percent of the in-service fleet.
A 21-day sales tax exemption provision for out-of-state residents bringing newly purchased aircraft into Florida failed to pass the Florida Legislature last month. The bill passed the state’s House in late April, but the Senate refused to hear the bill based upon language that “allegedly created a negative revenue impact on the state budget.”
Sources for financing of corporate aircraft purchases may be harder to find this year than last, but Toennies von Limburg, director of international sales with Bank of America Corporate Aircraft Finance (Booth No. 394), said there is value to be had in what has turned rapidly from a buyers’ to a sellers’ market.
Is the bizliner immune to the current economic and financial crisis, or have slumping demand and order cancellations simply not yet caught up with that segment of the industry? Some among the narrow- and wide-body manufacturers say that executive segment of the industry remains relatively healthy and take a somewhat optimistic stance.
Credit is tight, but money is available. That’s the message from Jim Pulie, director of business development for Center Capital’s general aviation division.
As the global economy churns, the aviation finance market holds its breath. A recent report from UK-based aviation analysis firm IBA Group predicts that financing will become even more difficult to secure as the year progresses, as lenders chart a cautious course through the turmoil.
The standoff between buyers and sellers over the last six months is beginning to show some wear. It seems that sellers had been concentrating on where prices were six months ago, as buyers were predicting where they would be six months forward. The dichotomy in perspectives aided in slowing transactions to a crawl.
Last year when AIN took a close look at the aviation finance industry, the prevailing sentiment among industry insiders was that if you were looking for money to finance a business jet, the money would find you. At the time, many of the aircraft finance divisions still felt they were relatively insulated from their mortgage brethren, even within the same company.