KKR Introduces AV AirFinance, A New Commercial Aviation Lending Platform
Anurag Khadkikar | June 14, 2021
KKR, a global investment firm, announced AV AirFinance Limited, a global commercial aviation loan servicer founded by a team of seasoned industry professionals in collaboration with KKR. The new secured loan servicing platform includes stable, long-term capital with decades of experience structuring commercial aircraft loan transactions to provide unique and innovative financing options to commercial aviation clients worldwide.
KKR and AV AirFinance have agreed to buy a nearly $800 million portfolio of aviation loans from CIT Group to assist with the launch, which includes more than 50 loans for around 60 commercial aircraft. These loans in the portfolio have an average yield in the mid-single digits and a remaining duration of four years.
Chief Executive Officer Siggi Kristinsson leads AV AirFinance. He is an industry veteran who most recently co-founded and served as CEO of Volito Aviation Services AB. This firm provides debt origination and consulting services to Goldman Sachs and other financial institutions. Mr. Kristinsson is assisted by a seasoned team of aviation financing experts with decades of expertise in secured lending totaling more than $25 billion in value through many market cycles. Ryan Jasinski joins AV AirFinance from CIT as part of the associated portfolio acquisition and will continue to focus on loan origination in the Americas. Per Waldelof, former president of PK AirFinance, works as a consultant for AV AirFinance, assisting loan origination and other elements of the company's operations.
AV AirFinance will provide services to diverse commercial clients, including airlines, cargo operators, lessors, manufacturers, and investors, throughout the ownership cycle, including PDP, acquisition, leasing, conversion, and tear down. AV AirFinance offers worldwide origination skills and the financial capability to arrange longer-term, flexible, and competitive financing for a wide variety of single aircraft and extensive portfolio deals through its partnership with KKR.
Separate accounts controlled by KKR are funding the portfolio acquisition from CIT. AV AirFinance is KKR's latest aviation investment, following previous Altitude Aviation, Altavair, KKR DVB Aviation Capital, K2 Aviation, DCAL Aviation, Wheels Up, Global Jet Capital, and JetEdge.
KKR is a global investment firm that specializes in alternative asset management, capital markets, and insurance solutions. KKR seeks to achieve excellent investment returns by using a patient and disciplined approach to investing, employing world-class people, and fostering growth in its portfolio businesses and communities. KKR manages hedge funds and sponsors investment funds in private equity, credit, and real estate. The Global Atlantic Financial Group operates KKR's insurance companies, including retirement, life, and reinsurance products. References to KKR's investments might consist of the activities of its sponsored funds and insurance subsidiaries.
About AV AirFinance Limited
AV AirFinance Limited is a commercial aviation loan servicer founded in collaboration with KKR. Airlines, lessors, manufacturers, and investors can all benefit from AV AirFinance's secured financing solutions. AV AirFinance's team has decades of expertise structuring commercial aircraft loans. Due to its partnership with KKR, it has the financial strength and capacity to provide competitive financing and the knowledge to engage in the worldwide commercial aviation lending space effectively. AV AirFinance has offices in Ireland and the United States.