Helicopter lessor LCI has launched its first ever helicopter co-investment vehicle. It contains five aircraft, all on long term lease; three Leonardo AW139 and two Sikorsky S-92 units, and is valued at over US$100 million. It has been launched in partnership with Flexam Tangible Asset Income Fund, which has also contributed to the capitalisation. LCI will also act as servicer for the vehicle.
Chief financial officer Jaspal Jandu says: “LCI is delighted to lead the helicopter leasing sector in launching this new form of ownership vehicle. It enables investors to participate at a specific transaction level and we are delighted to be partnering with Flexam, whose professionalism in asset financing has been instrumental in executing this transaction.
“There has been strong interest in our first co-investment vehicle and, as a helicopter lessor with a proven platform, management team and track record, we look forward to building upon similar frameworks in the future.”
Flexam Invest partners Fabrice Fraikin and Florian de Sigy add: “The helicopter leasing marketplace is a dynamic one offering many investment opportunities. LCI is a leading lessor in this space, possessing unrivalled experience and breadth of knowledge. Its track record as an aviation lessor is greatly respected by the financial community, making it an ideal partner for Flexam.”
LCI first entered the helicopter leasing marketplace in 2012 with a $400 million order for a fleet of Leonardo AW139, AW169 and AW189 aircraft. Since then, it has developed a leasing platform for the ownership, management and servicing of a fleet approaching 100 aircraft across four continents in offshore wind, EMS, SAR, maritime pilot transfer and offshore oil and gas.
LCI's fleet now comprises approximately US$1 billion of assets in service, on order and under control, focused on the latest technology medium and super medium helicopters manufactured by Leonardo, Airbus and Sikorsky.