Element Financial Corporation
TSX : EFN

Element Financial Corporation

June 22, 2015 11:55 ET

ECAF I Ltd. Closes US$1.21 Billion Commercial Aircraft Operating Lease Backed ABS Notes

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 22, 2015) - Element Financial Corporation (TSX:EFN) ("Element" or the "Company"), one of North America's leading equipment finance companies, announced today the closing of a US$1.21 billion debt offering of ECAF I Ltd., Series 2015-1 Notes (the "Offering"). The Company acted as structurer in the formation of ECAF I Ltd. and sourced the third-party institutional equity co-investors in this new asset backed securities (ABS) issuer. The Company will also act as the ongoing Administrator to ECAF I Ltd. and has retained BBAM Aviation Services Limited, an affiliate of BBAM Limited Partnership, to act as the servicer with respect to the portfolio under the terms of a multi-year contract.

"ECAF I is the largest pooled-aircraft ABS transaction in nearly a decade," said David McKerroll, President of Element's rail and aviation group. "The market's overwhelming support for this precedent-setting transaction sets a new benchmark for future issuance in the commercial aviation ABS market and brings a new level of liquidity to the asset class," added Mr. McKerroll.

The Offering was comprised of three tranches of ABS notes as summarized below to be secured by a portfolio of 49 current-generation, in-production commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Boeing and Airbus, with an initial appraised value of approximately US$1.57 billion, on lease to 38 airlines.

Class A-1 Class A-2 Class B-1
Ratings (S&P / Fitch) A(sf) / A-(sf) A(sf) / A-(sf) BBB(sf) / BBB(sf)
Size (US$ millions) $459.375 $590.625 $160.000
Weighted Average Life 3.57 years 6.97 years 5.49 years
Coupon 3.473% 4.947% 5.802%
Advance Rate 66.8% 66.8% 77.0%

"This complex transaction, which required multiple equity participants, was engineered to meet the yield and liquidity needs of our institutional funding partners," said Scott Corman, Element's Executive Managing Director and head of the Company's structured finance unit. "It could not have been brought to fruition without the specialized skills that are at the core of Element's structured finance team," added Mr. Corman.

As structurer for the Offering and for sourcing the equity, Element earned transaction fees on closing of the Offering and is expected to earn ongoing fees as Administrator of the Offering. Element will also earn equity returns from its ongoing participation in the equity syndicate. Element's ongoing retained equity participation will represent less than 20 percent of the holdings of the equity syndicate. The equity returns from this investment, together with the transaction and Administration fees earned from this transaction, were included in the Company's previously reported 2015 earnings guidance.

Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and Citigroup acted as joint bookrunners for the Offering.

About Element Financial Corporation

With total assets of approximately $15.0 billion, Element Financial Corporation is one of North America's leading fleet management and equipment finance companies. Element operates across North America in four verticals of the equipment finance market - Commercial & Vendor Finance, Aviation Finance, Rail Finance and Fleet Management.

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