DORIC NIMROD AIR ONE LIMITED
Announcement of Half Yearly Financial Report 25 November 2013
Doric Nimrod Air One Limited (the “Company”), a Guernsey-domiciled company, is pleased to present its Half-Yearly Financial Report in respect of the period from 1 April 2013 to 30 September 2013.
Doric Nimrod Air One Limited
|Listing||LSE and CISX|
|Share Price||118.5p (as at 30 September 2013)|
|118.5p (as at 21 November 2013)|
|Market Capitalisation||GBP 50 million (as at 30 September 2013)|
|Aircraft Registration Number||A6-EDC|
|Current/Future Anticipated Dividend||Future dividends are expected to be 2.25p per quarter per share (9p per annum) until the aircraft lease terminates.|
|Dividend Payment Dates||April, July, October, January|
|Launch Date/Price||13 December 2010 / 100p|
|Asset Manager||Doric GmbH|
|Corp & Shareholder Advisor||Nimrod Capital LLP|
|Administrator||Anson Fund Managers Ltd|
|Market Makers||Shore Capital Ltd/Winterflood Securities Ltd/Jefferies International Ltd/Numis Securities Ltd|
|SEDOL, ISIN||B4MF389, GG00B4MF3899|
|Stocks & Shares ISA||Eligible|
Doric Nimrod Air One Limited (LSE:DNA) (“DNA” or the “Company”) is a Guernsey company incorporated on 8 October 2010, and admitted to the Official List of the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (“CISX”) and to trading on the Specialist Fund Market of the London Stock Exchange (“SFM”) on 13 December 2010.
The Company’s total issued share capital currently consists of 42,450,000 Ordinary Preference Shares (“Shares”) which were admitted to trading at an issue price of 100 pence per Share. As at 21 November 2013, the latest practicable date prior to publication of this report, the Shares are trading at 118.5 pence per Share.
Investment Objectives and Policy
The Company’s investment objective is to obtain income returns and a capital return for its shareholders (the “Shareholders”) by acquiring, leasing and then selling a single aircraft. The Company purchased one Airbus A380-861 Aircraft, manufacturers’ serial number 016 (the “Asset”) in December 2010, in respect of which it simultaneously entered into an operating Lease (the “Lease”) with Emirates Airlines (“Emirates”), a national carrier owned by The Investment Corporation of Dubai based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Company aims to provide its Shareholders (the “Shareholders”) with an attractive total return comprising income, from distributions through the period of the Company’s ownership of the Asset, and capital, upon the sale of the Asset.
The Company will receive income from the lease rentals paid by Emirates pursuant to the Lease. It is anticipated that income distributions will be made quarterly, subject to compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The Company currently targets a distribution of 2.25 pence per Share per quarter.
There can be no guarantee that dividends will be paid to Shareholders and, if dividends are paid, as to the timing and amount of any such dividend. There can also be no guarantee that the Company will, at all times, satisfy the solvency test required to be satisfied pursuant to section 304 of the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008 (the “Guernsey Law”) enabling the Directors to effect the payment of dividends.
All payments by Emirates, have to date been made in accordance with the terms of the Lease.
During the period under review and in accordance with the Distribution Policy DNA declared two interim dividends of 2.25 pence per Share and after the reporting period one dividend of 2.25 pence per Share.
Future dividend payments are anticipated to continue to be declared and paid on a quarterly cycle and as per the Prospectus are targeted at 2.25 pence per Ordinary Preference Share per quarter subject to compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Doric Nimrod Air One Limited
I am very pleased to present shareholders with the Company’s half yearly financial report, covering the period from 1 April 2013 until 30 September 2013.
Notwithstanding the continued uncertainty within the global economy, and international markets, I am glad to report that the Company has performed well. During the period, and in line with the targeted distribution policy outlined in the Company’s Prospectus, the Company has declared two interim dividends of 2.25p per Ordinary Preference Share, and a further dividend of 2.25 pence per Ordinary Preference Share after the reporting period. Future dividend payments are anticipated to be declared and paid on a quarterly basis.
The Company’s 42,450,000 shares were admitted to trading on the Specialist Fund Market of the London Stock Exchange plc and listed on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange on 13 December 2010. The Company’s investment objective is to obtain income returns and a capital return for its shareholders by acquiring, leasing and then selling a single aircraft. The Company purchased one Airbus A380-861, aircraft manufacturer’s serial number 016, which it leased to Emirates Airlines, the national carrier owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
A senior secured finance facility provided by Westpac, in the amount of $122m provided the monies along with the placing proceeds for the acquisition of the aircraft. On the purchase of the plane, the Company entered into a lease with Emirates for an initial term of 12 years in 2010, with fixed lease rentals for the duration. The debt portion of the funding will be fully amortised over the 12-year term of the lease, with the aim of leaving the aircraft unencumbered on the conclusion of the lease.
Both the aircraft and the lessee performed well over the period in a market of growing passenger demand, particularly in the Asian sub-continent. Emirates continues to report strong performance, greatly aided by the airline’s ability to adjust flight schedules swiftly, and redeploy aircraft about the network, thus optimising revenue and recently announced an order for 50 additional Airbus A380 aircraft at the opening of the Dubai Airshow 2013.
The lease payments received by the Company from Emirates cover repayment of the debt, as well as income to pay dividends to shareholders. Emirates bears all costs (including maintenance, repair and insurance) relating to the aircraft, during the lifetime of the lease. The aircraft is equipped with four Engine Alliance 7200 power plants. During the period under review one of the Company’s engines has been replaced by the manufacturer Engine Alliance, at no cost to the Company, following a previous problem with the original engine. The Company’s Asset Manager, Doric GmbH, continues to monitor the lease and reports regularly to the Board. Nimrod Capital LLP, the Company’s Placing and Corporate and Shareholder Advisory Agent, continues to liaise between the Board and shareholders, which includes distribution of quarterly factsheets and the interim management statements.
Foreign exchange has influenced the financial statements as, under the requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards, the items in the Statement of Financial Position are translated into Sterling from US Dollars at varying foreign exchange rates, either the year end rate or historic transaction rate, which will inevitably produce foreign exchange differences (profits for the period ended 30 September 2013). In reality those lease rentals received in US Dollars are used to pay the loan repayments due, also in US Dollars. Both US Dollars lease rentals and loan repayments are fixed and are for similar sums and similar timings. The matching of lease rentals to settle loan repayments therefore mitigates risks caused by foreign exchange fluctuations.
In addition to this the rental income is spread evenly over the term of each of the leases, rather than the rentals being accounted for as actually received into the Company’s bank account. Furthermore, interest on borrowings is recognised using the effective interest rate method, resulting in higher charges in earlier periods when the outstanding principal balances are greater. The loan repayments are, in reality, constant over much of the lease term, reducing in the final two years.
On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all shareholders for their continued support of the Company.
Doric Nimrod Air One Limited
INTERIM MANAGEMENT REPORT
from 1 April 2013 to 30 September 2013 (the “Period”)
A description of important events that have incurred during the Period, their impact on the performance of the Company as shown in the financial statements and description on the principle risks and uncertainties of the remaining six months of the annual financial year is given within the Chairman’s Statement and the Notes to the Financial Statements contained on pages 18 to 36 and is incorporated here by reference.
There were no material related party transactions which took place in the period, other than those disclosed at Note 20 of the Notes to the Financial Statements.
The Company’s principal activities are set out within the Company Overview on page 2. The financial position of the Company is set out on pages 14 to 17 In addition, Note 17 to the financial statements includes the Company’s objectives, policies and processes for managing its capital; its financial risk management objectives and its exposures to credit risk and liquidity risk. The Loan interest rate has been fixed and the fixed rental income under the Operating Lease means that the rent should be sufficient to repay the Loan and provide surplus income to pay for the Company’s expenses and permit payment of dividends.
After making reasonable enquiries, and as described above the Directors have a reasonable expectation that the Company has adequate resources to continue in its operational existence for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, they continue to adopt the going concern basis of accounting in preparing these interim financial statements.
The Board of directors jointly and severally confirm that, to the best of their knowledge:
(a) The financial statements, prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the Company; and
(b) This Interim Management Report includes or incorporates by reference:
a. An indication of important events that have occurred during the Period, and their impact on the financial statements;
b. a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and
c. confirmation that there were no related party transactions in the Period that have materially affected the financial position or the performance of the Company during that period.
Doric Nimrod Air One Limited (the “Company”)
Charles Edmund Wilkinson – Chairman (Age 70)
Charles Wilkinson is a solicitor who retired from Lawrence Graham LLP in March 2005. While at Lawrence Graham he specialised in corporate finance and commercial law, latterly concentrating on investment trust and fund work.
Charles is currently chairman of Doric Nimrod Air Three Limited, Chairman of the Audit Committee of Doric Nimrod Air Two Limited, and a director of Premier Energy and Water Trust PLC (a listed investment trust), and of Landore Resources Ltd, a Guernsey based mining exploration company.
Norbert Bannon (Age 64)
Norbert Bannon is a director of the Irish and UK regulated subsidiaries of a major Canadian bank and is the Chairman of a £1 billion UK DB pension scheme and also chairs one of the largest DC pension schemes in Ireland. He is Chairman of Doric Nimrod Air Two Limited and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Doric Nimrod Air Three Limited. He is a director of and advisor to a number of other financial companies.
He has extensive experience in international finance having been CEO of banks in Singapore and New York. He was Managing Director of Ireland’s largest venture capital company andwas Finance Director and Chief Risk Officer of AIB Capital Markets plc. which he left in in 2002. He has worked as a consultant to a number of international companies.
He earned a degree in economics from Queen’s University, studied at Stanford Graduate School of Businessand is a Chartered Accountant.
Geoffrey Alan Hall (Age 65)
Geoffrey Hall has extensive experience in asset management, having previously been Chief Investment Officer of Allianz Insurance plc, a major UK general insurance company and an investment manager at HSBC Asset Management, County Investment Management, and British Railways Pension Funds. Geoffrey is also currently a director of Doric Nimrod Air Two Limited and Doric Nimrod Air Three Limited.
Doric Nimrod Air One Limited (the “Company”)
ASSET MANAGERS REPORT
On the invitation of the Directors of the Company, this commentary has been provided by Doric GmbH as Asset Manager of the Company in respect of the Period and is provided without any warranty as to its accuracy and without any liability incurred on the part of the Company or Doric GmbH. The commentary is not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice. Potential investors in the Company should seek their own independent financial advice and may not rely on this communication in evaluating the merits of investing in the Company. The commentary is provided as a source of information for shareholders of the Company but is not attributable to the Company.
1. The Doric Nimrod Air One Airbus A380
The Airbus A380 with the manufacturer’s serial number (MSN) 016 is registered in the United Arab Emirates under the registration mark A6-EDC. For the period from original delivery of the aircraft to Emirates in November 2008 until the end of August 2013, a total of 2,574 flight cycles were registered. Total flight hours were 21,401. This equates to an average flight duration of approximately eight hours and 20 minutes.
In September 2013 the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released an investigation report, involving an engine formerly owned by the Company. As previously reported, the engine (serial number P550121) experienced an uncommanded in-flight shutdown during climb out of Sydney on 11 November 2012 while it was installed on another A380 of the Emirates fleet. A break-up and dislodgement of some high pressure turbine (HPT) nozzles were identified as the root cause. At that point in time, manufacturer Engine Alliance (EA) was already aware of the issue in general and an exchange program with redesigned nozzles was underway. Nozzle exchange was planned for the next workshop visit of the Company’s former engine. After the incident, EA has intensified its efforts to solve the issue with several measures, including enhanced real time trend monitoring during flight and mandatory inspection intervals for HPT nozzles. According to the ATSB, “the associated risks to the safety of continued flight were relatively low”. The Company took ownership of a new engine (P550349) that EA agreed to replace in exchange for the damaged one.
The A380 owned by the Company visited Auckland, Jeddah, London Heathrow, Manchester, and Toronto during the third quarter of 2013.
Emirates maintains its A380 aircraft fleet based on a maintenance programme according to which minor maintenance checks are performed every 1,500 flight hours, and more significant maintenance checks (C checks) at the earlier of 24 months or 12,000 flight hour intervals. The second C check of the aircraft took place in the Emirates engineering facility at Dubai International Airport in November 2012. The next heavy maintenance check will be the 6-year check (which will include the third C check) scheduled for November 2014.
Emirates bears all costs (including maintenance, repair and insurance) relating to the aircraft during the lifetime of the lease.
The asset manager Doric inspected the aircraft during the above-mentioned C check in November 2012. The aircraft’s physical condition was good and consistent with its age. After four years in service at that time, the passenger cabin has undergone some significant refurbishment work, including replacement of soft furnishings and floor coverings.
In late 2011, hairline cracks were detected in a small number of L-shaped metal brackets (known as wing rib feet) within the wing structure of some A380s. The aircraft remains fully airworthy and the hairline cracks pose no risk to flight safety as affirmed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Airbus.
As previously reported, EASA released its latest Airworthiness Directive in May 2013, outlining which modifications need to be made and the respective compliance terms. The wing rib feet modification programme for Emirates’ aircraft is essentially managed by Airbus. All modification activities will be covered by the applicable manufacturer’s warranties. Emirates decided to embody all modifications in one step. Airbus is confident that the downtime required to incorporate the permanent fix might be reduced from the originally planned eight weeks to six weeks. Subject to changes in Emirates’ timeline it is currently envisaged to implement the final fix for MSN 016 from mid-January to mid-March 2014. The modification work on the A380 owned by the Company will be completed by Ameco Beijing (Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corporation). Some aircraft of Emirates’ A380 fleet have already been modified and returned to commercial service.
2. Market Overview
Between January and July of the current year, passenger demand, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs), expanded by 4.8% compared to the same period in the previous year. The industry remains on a growth path, which started in the fourth quarter of 2012. In recent months the development of passenger markets were positively influenced by the economic recovery of the Eurozone, where an 18-month-long recession came to an end. At the same time, economic growth in China has slowed with noticeable impact on air traffic. During the course of the year, airlines have increased their capacities carefully and available seat kilometres (ASKs) showed a smaller growth rate than the revenue passenger kilometres. Overall, the passenger load factor during the first seven months of this year was 79.5% on average. This is an increase of 0.6%-points compared to the same period the year before. According to the latest traffic forecast released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in September 2013, RPKs are expected to grow by 5.0% this year and 5.8% in 2014.
Regional growth patterns continue to be uneven. Between January and July 2013 Middle East airlines increased their RPKs by 10.9% compared to the previous year’s period. The slowest growth was again observed in North America with an increase in RPKs of 2.0% compared to the same period in the previous year. Growth in Latin America further lost ground and is in the meantime the third slowest growing region worldwide just ahead of Europe.
After freight-tonne-kilometres (FTKs) had contracted in February and March 2013, air freight markets have started to show signs of renewed growth with slightly improving air freight volumes during the last few months. Between January and July 2013 FTKs increased by 0.2% compared to the same period the year before. Global business confidence has slightly improved and a pickup in export orders has been noticed. It remains to be seen if these developments are sustainable since the signs of improving macroeconomic conditions – in particular in the US and Europe – need to translate into growing demand for Asian manufactured products shipped by aircraft to these regions. In Asia Pacific, which is pivotal for the further development of air freight demand, FTKs have still been shrinking.
Expenses for jet fuel are expected to remain on a high level during 2013 with an average price of USD 126.4 per barrel, a slight relief compared to the previous forecast in June 2013 of USD 127.4 per barrel. The share of fuel costs would amount to 31% of airlines’ total operating costs. A decade ago, the share was 14% and has more than doubled since then.
IATA released its latest industry outlook in September 2013 according to which global industry profits are expected to reach USD 11.7 billion this year. This is slightly lower than IATA’s June 2013 estimate of USD 12.7 billion after air transport markets and airline profits improved slower than expected during the last few months. For 2014 IATA expects net profits of USD 16.4 billion, based on a global gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 2.7%. GDP is highly correlated with the profit development in the industry.
3. Lessee – Emirates Key Financials and Outlook
As previously reported, Emirates announced its 25th consecutive year of profit and company-wide growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2013.
Revenue reached a record high of USD 19.9 billion, up by 17% compared to the previous financial year, and continues to be well balanced with no region contributing more than 30%. East Asia and Australasia remained the highest revenue contributing region with USD 5.7 billion, up 15% from 2011/2012. Europe (up 18% to USD 5.5 billion) and the Americas (up 24% to USD 2.3 billion) saw the most significant growth, reflecting new destinations as well as increased frequency and capacity to these regions.
The airline posted a net profit of USD 622 million, representing an increase of 52% over last year’s results. Although Emirates’ fuel bill increased by 15% to reach USD 7.6 billion, total operating costs showed a smaller increase (+16%) than revenue (+17%) in the financial year 2012/2013.
As of 31 March 2013 the balance sheet total amounted to USD 25.8 billion, an increase of 23% from the previous year. Total equity increased by 7.3% to USD 6.3 billion with an equity ratio of 24.3%. The current ratio was 1.12; therefore the airline would be able to meet its current liabilities by liquidating all of its current assets. Significant items on the liabilities side of the balance sheet included finance leases in the amount of USD 7.4 billion and revenues received in advance from passenger and freight sales (USD 2.9 billion). As of 31 March 2013 the carrier’s cash balance reached USD 6.7 billion.
Emirates continued with its growth plan and during the financial year 2012/2013 saw the largest increase in capacity in the airline’s history, receiving 34 wide-body aircraft, including ten Airbus A380s and four freighters. As of 31 August 2013 Emirates has 204 aircraft in operation, with firm orders for another 190 aircraft, including 54 A380s, 61 Boeing 777-300ER and 50 Airbus A350-900 XWB. The airline operates the world’s largest fleets of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777-300ER.
As of September 2013 Emirates operates flights to 135 destinations in 77 countries on six continents. New routes launched so far this year include Warsaw, Algiers, Tokyo Haneda and Stockholm. Until the end of the calendar year, Emirates plans to add another four destinations: Clark International Airport (Philippines), Conakry (Guinea), Sialkot (Pakistan) and Kabul (Afghanistan). At the beginning of 2014 Kiev (Ukraine) and Taipei (Taiwan) will join the global network of the Dubai-based carrier.
In September 2013 Emirates Group released its third Environment Report for the financial year 2012/13 ending on 31 March 2013 according to which the fuel consumption per one hundred passenger kilometres decreased by one percent to 4.07 litres. This is nearly 16% below the IATA industry average forecasted for 2012 and the result of the relatively young fleet that Emirates is operating. The airline’s average fleet age is six years, half of the IATA average. Since fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions are closely correlated, Emirates fleet of modern and fuel efficient aircraft, like the Airbus A380, has emitted nearly 17% less carbon dioxide per passenger kilometre than the IATA average. Emirates fleet’s CO2 emissions per one hundred passenger kilometres decreased by one percent to 100.6 grams compared to the business year before. For its efforts to reduce noise impact on surrounding communities, Emirates was awarded with the “Fly Quiet” Award at San Francisco Airport (SFO) in 2013 for the second time in a row, after its Flight Operations Performance team had tested different take-off and climb routes, the usage of longer runways and favorable pathways to take advantage of headwinds. Just four years ago, Emirates’ noise footprint was ranked second to last among airlines serving SFO.
4. Aircraft – A380
Emirates has a fleet of 36 A380s which currently serve 20 destinations worldwide: Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Manchester, Melbourne, Moscow, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Toronto.
On 1 August 2013 Emirates celebrated the fifth anniversary of the first A380 joining its fleet. Since the inaugural flight to New York that day, more than 18 million passengers flew aboard an Emirates A380 on 20,000 round trips travelling 265 million kilometres. The airline is using its flagship on short haul as well as long haul routes: The longest non-stop route within the network is Dubai to New York, covering 11,023 kilometres during a flight of thirteen and a half hours. Between Hong Kong and Bangkok Emirates is operating the shortest A380 route with a distance of 1,900 kilometres and an estimated flying time of roughly two and a half hours. According to Tim Clark, the airline’s President, “Emirates has changed the face of air travel with this remarkable aircraft”.
Over the next few months, Emirates plans to extend its A380 route network to Brisbane (1 October 2013), Los Angeles (2 December 2013), Mauritius (16 December 2013), Zurich (1 January 2014) and Barcelona (1 February 2014).
At the end of August 2013, the global A380 fleet consisted of 108 planes in service with another 153 still on order with new and existing operators. The currently ten operators are Emirates (36 A380 aircraft), Singapore Airlines (19), Qantas (12), Deutsche Lufthansa (10), Air France (8), Korean Airways (7), China Southern Airlines (5), Malaysia Airlines (6), Thai Airways (4) and British Airways (1). The British flag carrier commenced its commercial A380 service between London and Los Angeles on 24 September 2013. Qatar Airways will become the eleventh airline to join the club of A380 operators when it takes delivery of this aircraft in 2014.
According to Airbus, the worldwide fleet has accumulated over one million flight hours in more than 120,000 commercial flights. The number of passengers flying aboard an Airbus A380 to date is 44 million.
Source: Airbus, Ascend, Emirates
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