Sunday, June 3, 2012

ILFC - The Basics

AIG has been reporting ILFC as if it were a stand alone entity in anticipation of an IPO.

Financial statements are available on its investor relations web page.

AIG has taken almost $3.5 billion in impairment charges over the last two years (roughly 10% of the book value of the fleet).

Selected Financial Data from 2011 10k:

General observations:

The revenue is reasonably stable.

AIG was too aggressive with respect to depreciation, leading to the impairment charges in 2010 and 2011.

AIG has reduced unsecured debt by almost 50% and total debt by roughly 20%.

There is no compelling reason for AIG to be in this business, and their decision to sell makes sense. The only issues are how soon and how much.

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