Dubai’s Novus launches aviation financing platform with Boeing

The new fund will provide airlines with higher loan-to-value financing for Boeing aircraft

A Boeing Co. 737 Max 7 jetliner sits on the tarmac during preparations ahead of the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018 in Farnborough, U.K., on Sunday, July 15, 2018. The air show, a biannual showcase for the aviation industry, runs until July 22. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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Novus Aviation Capital, one of the world's fastest-growing aircraft leasing financing platforms, together with Development Bank of Japan, Germany's Nord/LB and Boeing, launched a junior debt fund for airlines and lessors.

“With continued traffic growth and aircraft prices on an upward trajectory, coupled with the importance of preserving cash for airlines and lessors alike, this new venture is expected to be a popular financing tool,” said Hani Kuzbari, managing director at Novus.

The Cedar Aviation Finance (Caf) fund will provide airlines and lessors with higher loan-to-value financing for Boeing aircraft. It will be managed by Novus and will provide junior and mezzanine loans to bridge the gap between equity and senior debt for aircraft acquisitions. The companies said Caf's first transaction is expected by the end of the third quarter.


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“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old. And we evolved our business model,” said Oliver Gruenke, managing director and head of origination for aircraft finance at Nord/LB.

“[The fund] has been tailored to create, provide and preserve value for airlines and lessors.”

Caf is the third such fund for Novus. The financier has two other junior debt funds for the financing of Airbus aircraft.