The latest business jet market index from UBS Investment Research fell a further 8 percent, to 37, the second consecutive decrease and below the threshold of 50–the median above which a growing market is indicated and below which deterioration is seen. This follows a stable first half, in which the index held at 50–meaning stabilized conditions–for three consecutive surveys.
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.
The recovery in the business jet market continues but is still a bit uneven, according to the JPMorgan monthly business jet report released this morning. Pre-owned jet inventory of in-production models fell to 11.9 percent last month–the first time it has dipped below 12 percent since October 2008–but it did not do so uniformly. Midsize and large-cabin jet inventories decreased, while the supply of light jets increased slightly.
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.
In its latest monthly business jet market report, JPMorgan North American Equity Research said demand for new business jets is “still in the doldrums.” As proof, the firm said Cessna Citations aren’t even 70 percent sold out this year, while Embraer “has seen little pickup in demand” for its executive jets.
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.
Last month showed further evidence of the “gradual” business jet recovery that has been under way for the past few months, including a shrinking pre-owned inventory and “some positive signals from the new market,” JPMorgan Global Equity Research said this week in its monthly business jet update.
Thom Harrow, former president of Volo Aviation, last year formed a new company called Airport Property Partners (APP) and in December purchased four Volo FBOs from Merrill Lynch. The four FBOs–in Fort Pierce and Sarasota, Fla.; Manassas, Va.; and Hayward, Calif.–will be rebranded as APP Jet Centers. Harrow expects new signage for the facilities to be in place by the end of next month.
Thom Harrow, former president of Volo Aviation, last year formed a new company called Airport Property Partners (APP) and in December purchased four Volo FBOs from Merrill Lynch. The four FBOs–in Fort Pierce and Sarasota, Fla.; Manassas, Va.; and Hayward, Calif.–will be rebranded as APP Jet Centers. Harrow expects new signage for the facilities to be in place by the end of this month.
According to UBS Investment Research’s latest business jet update, flight activity in November was roughly unchanged from the same period in 2008, stemming the year-over-year declines seen in each of the previous 24 months. On a seasonally adjusted basis, cycles were roughly 1 percent higher from October and are now 18 percent above their March low, though still 23 percent below the 2007 peak.