FPG and Amentum join forces to bring quality aircraft management to Japanese investors

FPG and Amentum join forces to bring quality aircraft management to Japanese investors

Amentum and Financial Products Group Co., Ltd. announce a strategic cooperation

Dublin / Tokyo – 28 November 2013 – Independent aircraft management specialists Amentum Capital Ltd. (‘Amentum’) and Tokyo Stock Exchange listed Financial Products Group Co., Ltd. (‘FPG’ – 7148:JP) today announce a strategic cooperation to provide innovative aircraft investment solutions to investors in Japan. As part of this cooperation, FPG has acquired 25% of Amentum’s share capital. FPG Asset & Investment Management BV (‘FPG AIM’) sourced, structured, and arranged the transaction for FPG.

Amentum has a strong track-record as one of the largest independent third party asset & operating lease managers, sourcing, managing, transitioning and divesting commercial aircraft for investors. FPG is currently one of the largest independent JOLCO arrangers in the Japanese market and is seeking to grow its Japanese Operating Lease (JOL) offering. Under this agreement, FPG’s access to Amentum’s specialist aircraft management abilities provides FPG with the perfect credentials to approach Japanese investors with Japanese Operating Lease transactions, while at the same time providing Amentum access to a new source of investors.

Commenting, Hisanaga Tanimura, President and CEO of FPG said: “We are very pleased to close this transaction with Amentum today. With its experienced cross-functional team, its state-of-the-art infrastructure and proven track record of managing commercial aircraft investments throughout their entire life cycle, Amentum is the ideal partner for FPG, providing Japanese investors comfort that FPG has continued access to expert ability to securely manage their investments in aircraft on operating leases. We look forward to working with Amentum, as we further expand our aircraft JOL structuring and equity placement activities.”

Commenting, Jan Melgaard, Executive Chairman of Amentum said: “As one of the largest JOLCO arrangers in Japan, FPG has unique access to corporate investors in Japan and deep Japanese lease structuring know how. It is hugely appealing to us to combine this with Amentum’s aircraft operating leasing expertise to be an active participant in the Japanese Operating Leasing market for aircraft. In addition, it is a strong endorsement of Amentum’s independent, third party advisory-service model.”

Martin Bouzaima, CEO of Amentum adds: “We look forward to offering Japanese Operating Leases to our airline customers through our cooperation with FPG. We see significant demand for efficient Japanese Operating Lease solutions from airlines worldwide. We are also very pleased to welcome FPG AIM’s Marcus Jung to our Board. Marcus brings nearly 20 years of experience in structured asset finance to Amentum, has ample experience in structuring aircraft transactions for Japanese investors, and shares our vision for Amentum as an independent third party service provider.”

Amentum was advised by McCann FitzGerald and E & Y. FPG AIM, Nishimura & Asahi and KPMG acted for FPG.


Press Contact Amentum:

Lorraine Barron

Amentum Capital Ltd.

+353 1639 8111

Press Contact FPG:

Nobuyuki Horiuchi

Financial Products Group Co., Ltd.

+81 3 5288 5691

Note to Editors:

About FPG:

Tokyo headquartered FPG was founded in 2001 and is today listed on the Tokyo stock exchange, first section. FPG is an independent financial services provider with its main activity being tax lease arranging covering asset classes such as aircraft, shipping, marine containers and real estate. FPG is currently one of the largest independent JOLCO arrangers in the Japanese market.

More information can be found on the company’s website at www.fpg.jp/en

About Amentum:

Headquartered in Dublin, Amentum is a dedicated third-party provider of aircraft investment management and advisory services to equity and debt investors in the aviation sector and offers a full range of aircraft leasing services to airlines worldwide through its full-service leasing platform. Amentum was founded in 2005. Today it is 25% owned by Financial Products Group Co., Ltd. of Japan and 75% owned by senior management. Amentum currently manages a US$ 2 billion portfolio of aircraft and provides services to several investor and banking customers. Marcus Jung will join Pat O’Brien and Margaret Clandillon as non-executive director.

More information can be found on the company’s website at www.amentum.aero