DORIC NIMROD AIR THREE LIMITED
Announcement of Asset Manager’s Report 2 July 2014
Doric Nimrod Air Three Limited (the “Company”), a Guernsey-domiciled company, is pleased to present the quarterly Fact Sheet in respect of the period from 1 April 2014 to 30 June 2014.
Amedeo Management Limited the Company’s Asset Manager, has provided the Company with this commentary on the Company’s airplanes and a copy of their report is appended below for the benefit of shareholders.
On the invitation of the directors of the Company, the following commentary has been provided by Amedeo Management Limited as Asset Manager of the Company and is provided without any warranty as to its accuracy and without any liability incurred on the part of the Company, its directors and officers and service providers. 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 an investment in the Company. The commentary is provided as a source of information for shareholders of the Company but is not attributable to the Company.
QUARTERLY FACT SHEET
DORIC NIMROD AIR THREE LIMITED
Doric Nimrod Air Three Limited (“the Company”) is a Guernsey domiciled company which listed on the Specialist Fund Market of the London Stock Exchange and the Channel Islands Stock Exchange on 2 July 2013 with the admission of 220 million Ordinary Shares (“the Equity”) at an issue price of 100p per share. The market capitalisation of the Company was GBP 232.1 million as of 30 June 2014.
The Company’s investment objective is to obtain income returns and a capital return for its shareholders by acquiring, leasing and then selling aircraft.
The Company acquired four Airbus A380 aircraft by the end of November 2013. Since the point of delivery, each of the four aircraft has been leased to Emirates Airline (“Emirates”) for an initial term of 12 years with fixed lease rentals for the duration. In order to complete the purchase of the aircraft, DNA Alpha Ltd (“DNA Alpha”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, issued two tranches of enhanced equipment trust certificates (“the Certificates” or “EETC”) – a form of debt security – in July 2013 in the aggregate face amount of USD 630 million. DNA Alpha used the proceeds from both the Equity and the Certificates to finance the acquisition of the four new Airbus A380 aircraft.
The Company receives income from the leases and its directors are targeting a gross distribution to the shareholders of 2.0625p per share per quarter (amounting to a yearly distribution of 8.25% based on the initial placing price of 100p per share).
Company Facts (30 June 2014)
|Listing||LSE and CISE|
|Market Capitalisation||GBP 232.1 million|
|Aircraft Registration Numbers||A6-EEK, A6-EEL, A6-EEM, A6-EEO|
|Current/Future Anticipated Dividend||2.0625p per quarter (8.25p per annum)|
|Dividend Payment Dates||April, July, October, January|
|Launch Date/Price||2 July 2013 / 100p|
|Asset Manager||Amedeo Management Ltd|
|Corp & Shareholder Advisor||Nimrod Capital LLP|
|Administrator||JTC Fund Managers (Guernsey) Ltd|
|Market Makers||Jefferies International Ltd/
Numis Securities Ltd/
Shore Capital Ltd/
Winterflood Securities Ltd
|SEDOL, ISIN||B92LHN5, GG00B92LHN58|
|Year End||31 March|
|Stocks & Shares ISA||Eligible|
Asset Manager’s Comment
1. The Assets
On 29 August 2013, the Company received its first Airbus A380 aircraft, bearing manufacturer’s serial number (MSN) 132. The other three aircraft were delivered during the fourth quarter 2013 as follows: 29 October (MSN 136), 14 November (MSN 134) and 27 November (MSN 133).
The A380s owned by the Company recently visited Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Jeddah, London Heathrow, Munich, Sydney and Zurich. Aircraft utilization for the period from delivery of each Airbus A380 until the end of May 2014 was:
|MSN||Delivery Date||Flight Hours||Flight Cycles||Average Flight Duration|
|132||29/08/2013||4,119||457||9 h 00 min|
|133||27/11/2013||2,787||271||10 h 20 min|
|134||14/11/2013||2,918||266||11 h 00 min|
|136||29/10/2013||3,255||317||10h 15 min|
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. Emirates will bear all costs (including maintenance, repair and insurance) relating to the aircraft during the lifetimeof the leases.
In late 2011, hairline cracks within the wing structure of some A380s in service were detected. In order to fix this issue Airbus developed a wing rib feet modification programme. With respect to the four aircraft owned by the Company the modification was already embodied during the final assembly, therefore no inspection and no further modification is required.
2. Market Overview
From January to April 2014 passenger demand, measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs), expanded by 6.0% compared to the same period the year before. After a strong start to the new year, passenger demand softened for two consecutive months and picked-up again in April, with an increase of 7.5% compared to the corresponding month of the previous year. To some extent the April results were positively biased by the timing of Easter. Between January and April 2014 airlines increased their capacities, measured in available seat kilometers (ASKs), by 5.8%. Overall the growth rate of RPKs exceeded the ASK increase compared to the period the year before.
The average passenger load factor during the first four months of this year was 78.7%. This is an increase of 0.4%-points compared to the same period the year before. From a historic perspective passenger load factors remain stable on a high level. In 2014 worldwide passenger load factors could exceed 80% for the first time in the industry’s history. According to the latest traffic forecast released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in June 2014, RPKs are expected to grow by 5.9% in 2014 and 6.7% in 2015.
A regional breakdown reveals that the Middle East airlines were once more the best-performing in terms of RPK growth with an increase of 14.2% during the first four months of this year compared to the same period the year before. Second best was Latin America with 7.7%. The Asia/Pacific region grew by 6.9%. Africa slipped into stagnation with zero growth. However, with a market share of only 2.3% the effect on overall figures is very limited. With 30.1% of the worldwide air passenger traffic in April 2014, Asia/Pacific holds the highest market share followed by Europe (27.2%) and North America (25.5%), though due to the significant outperformance of the Middle East, market shares are shifting.
IATA released its latest industry outlook in June 2014 according to which global industry profits are expected to reach USD 18.0 billion in 2014. Jet fuel remains the largest single cost item representing roughly 30% of total operating costs, but airlines all over the world have intensified their efforts to improve fuel efficiency including fleet replacement with new aircraft and better operations. According to IATA airspace and airport inefficiencies waste around 5% of fuel burn each year. Eliminating these inefficiencies could reduce the industry fuel bills by more than USD 10 billion a year and save more than 36 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
3. Lessee – Emirates Key Financials and Outlook
Emirates has announced its 26th consecutive year of profit and company-wide growth for the financial year ended on 31 March 2014, despite competitive pressure and a global economic environment that is only slowly recovering.
Revenue reached a record high of USD 22.5 billion, up by 13% 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 regions with USD 6.5 billion, up 14.1% from 2012/2013. Gulf and Middle East (up 16.6% to USD 2.3 billion), Europe (up 16.3% to USD 6.4 billion) and Africa (up 15.1% to USD 2.1 billion) saw the most significant growth rates, reflecting new destinations as well as increased frequency and capacity to these regions.
The airline posted a net profit of USD 887 million, representing an increase of 43% over last year’s results. With a share of nearly 40% fuel remains the largest operating cost category. Compared to last financial year, the average price of jet fuel was slightly lower relieving the carrier’s bottom line. Due to the growing fleet Emirates’ fuel bill increased by 10% to reach USD 8.4 billion. Total operating costs showed a smaller increase (+11.5%) than the revenues (+13%) in the financial year 2013/2014 resulting in an improved profit margin of 3.9%.
As of 31 March 2014 the balance sheet total amounted to USD 27.7 billion, an increase of 7.2% from the previous year. Total equity increased by 10.6% to USD 6.9 billion with an equity ratio of 25.1%. The current ratio was 0.84; therefore the airline would be able to meet most of 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 8.6 billion and revenues received in advance from passenger and freight sales (USD 3.1 billion). As of 31 March 2014 the carrier’s cash balance reached USD 4.5 billion.
Between April 2013 and March 2014, as compared to the prior financial year, the airline’s ASKs increased by 14.6%. Measured in RPKs passenger traffic grew by 14.2%, resulting in an average passenger load factor of 79.4%. This is slightly below the 79.7% reached in the period before. A record 44.5 million passengers flew with Emirates between April 2013 and March 2014 – an increase of 13.1% compared to the previous period.
During the last financial year the airline received 24 widebody aircraft, including 16 Airbus A380s, 6 Boeing 777-300ER and 2 Boeing 777-200LRF aircraft. At the Dubai Air Show in November 2013 Emirates signed contracts with Airbus and Boeing for a combined value of USD 99 billion (list prices) consisting of 150 Boeing 777X and another 50 Airbus A380. According to the operator, the first 25 of the additional A380 will come into service before the first quarter of 2018. Deliveries for the 777Xs are scheduled to start in 2020. By that year Emirates expects to have more than 250 widebody aircraft in the air serving some 70 million passengers a year.
The airline is not only heavily investing in new aircraft, but it is also running the world’s largest paint hangar owned by an airline. Twice the size of a football field, the facility operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Between January and December 2013 Emirates completed 21 “make-overs” comprising paint stripping and repaint of complete aircraft. According to the airline, the first A380 which entered into service in August 2008 will be due for a repaint in 2015.
As of 31 May 2014 Emirates had 208 widebody aircraft in operation, another 13 are parked. The temporary grounding of some aircraft is related to the runway upgrading works at Dubai International Airport. Started on 1 May 2014 Emirates is reducing flights to 41 destinations for an 80 day period. At the same time engineering maintenance and onboard enhancements with the parked fleet is scheduled. It is expected, that the carrier’s revenues will be impacted by approx. USD 270 million.
The number of Emirates orders yet to be delivered at the end of May was 222 aircraft. The airline operates the world’s largest fleets of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. During the financial year 2013/2014 Emirates raised USD 3.3 billion in new funding mainly to secure its on-going fleet expansion. The carrier made use of a variety of financing structures to meet its refinancing needs, including a second Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates (EETCs) emission through a lessor (Doric Nimrod Air Three Ltd.).
With its increased fleet and resources, Emirates launched nine additional destinations during the last financial year. In May 2014 Emirates operated flights to 141 destinations in 80 countries on six continents. During the calendar year 2013 the airline’s fleet travelled more than 751 million kilometers, circling the globe over 18,000 times and carrying over 43 million passengers. As of May 2014 the airline operates nearly 3,200 flights per week.
In the current financial year the airline envisages adding at least another five passenger routes including Abuja (Nigeria), Brussels, Chicago, Kano (Nigeria) and Oslo.
In June 2014 Emirates announced the cancellation its order of 70 Airbus A350 which were due for delivery from 2019 onwards.
Source: Ascend, Emirates, Flightglobal
4. Aircraft – A380
As of May 2014 Emirates had a fleet of 48 A380s which currently serve from their Dubai’s hub 26 destinations worldwide: Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Manchester, Mauritius, Melbourne, Moscow, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto and Zurich. During the next months, the carrier’s A380 network will be further expanded. Starting in July Kuwait and Mumbai will receive a daily A380 service. Frankfurt (1 September), Dallas (1 October), San Francisco (1 December), and Houston (3 December) will be added in the course of this year.
At the end of May 2014, the global A380 fleet consisted of 132 commercially used planes in service. The current eleven operators are Emirates (48 A380 aircraft), Singapore Airlines (19), Qantas (12), Deutsche Lufthansa (12), Air France (9), Korean Airways (8), China Southern Airlines (5), Malaysia Airlines (6), Thai Airways (6), British Airways (6) and Asiana (1). The delivery of Qatar’s first Airbus A380 has been deferred for the second time by some weeks due to ongoing cabin interior works. In June 2014 Japan-based Skymark Airlines announced the deferral of its first delivery originally planned for August 2014 by six months into 2015.
The order book for A380 aircraft has expanded considerably over the last two quarters. In November 2013 Emirates announced at the Dubai Air Show an order for another 50 A380s in addition to the 90 already ordered. In February 2014 widebody leasing company Amedeo firmed up an order of 20 A380s with the aim of leasing these planes on to commercial airlines. This brings the number of undelivered orders to191 aircraft at the end of May 2014. Qantas, Air France and Virgin Atlantic have announced various postponements from their original delivery dates and Deutsche Lufthansa has cancelled options to buy three aircraft following a fleet planning revision in 2013.
According to Airbus, until May 2014 the worldwide A380 fleet has accumulated around 1.3 million flight hours. The number of passengers flying aboard an Airbus A380 to date is 55 million.
Source: Airbus, Ascend, Emirates, Flightglobal