Limerick company Nordic Aviation Capital brings Singaporean investment on board

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The Gardens International development will be NAC’s new home from early 2019

The Gardens International development will be NAC’s new home from early 2019

THE first tenant at Limerick's Gardens International development has received a boost with a Singaporean investment fund taking a key stake.

Aircraft leasing firm Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) will move from its current premises at Henry Street across the road to the multi-million euro development when it opens early next year.

And this week, the firm confirmed that GIC, a leading long-term global investor, with substantial aircraft leasing experience, is to become a significant minority investor in NAC.

GIC’s last big deal here was when the firm bought a 16% stake in telecommunications firm Eir, which it subsequently told to French entrepreneur Xavier Niel.

NAC is the world’s largest regional aircraft leasing company, with the firm having a fleet of 468 aircraft and a total asset base of $8bn.

Headquartered in Limerick, the company employs 90 people in Ireland – up from 20 in 2013 – and over 230 worldwide.

Its customers include British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, Alitalia and Dublin based Stobart Air (operator of Aer Lingus Regional) among others.

Jim Murphy, the chief commercial officer at NAC said: “The announcement is significant in further driving our ambitious growth strategy.

“We continue to secure and complete transactions with some of the world’s major airlines, consolidating our position as one of the largest aircraft leasing firms globally.”

The tie-up will, Mr Murphy said, allow NAC to cement its growth even further, “given their significant aviation leasing experience”.

“With the investment from GIC, NAC will be able to further enhance its growth journey by cementing its market position as the world’s largest regional aircraft lessor,” he added.

“NAC has a strong track record of growth and market leadership in a segment with secular growth drivers,” said Choo Yong Cheen, chief investment officer of private equity at GIC.

“As a long-term investor, we look forward to partnering with Martin Møller and EQT and supporting the future growth of the company,” he added.