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Willis Lease Finance Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

March 15, 2011 | About:
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Willis Lease Finance Corp. (WLFC) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Willis Lease Finance Corp. has a market cap of $121.1 million; its shares were traded at around $13 with a P/E ratio of 20.3 and P/S ratio of 0.8. Willis Lease Finance Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 11.1% over the past 10 years.

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The aggregate market value of voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of the last business day of the registrants most recently completed second fiscal quarter (June 30, 2010) was approximately $57.6 million (based on a closing sale price of $9.22 per share as reported on the NASDAQ National Market).

We hold a fifty percent membership interest in a joint venture, WOLF A340, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, (WOLF). On December 30, 2005, WOLF completed the purchase of two Airbus A340-313 aircraft from Boeing Aircraft Holding Company for a purchase price of $96.0 million. These aircraft are currently leased to Emirates with remaining lease terms of 30 and 32 months. Our investment in the joint venture is $9.4 million.

As of December 31, 2010, we had a total lease portfolio of 179 aircraft engines and related equipment, four spare parts packages, three aircraft and various parts and other engine-related equipment with a cost of $1,190.4 million in our lease portfolio. As of December 31, 2009, we had a total lease portfolio of 169 aircraft engines and related equipment, three spare parts packages, four aircraft and various parts and other engine-related equipment with a cost of $1,137.5 million in our lease portfolio.

Gavarnie Holding, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (Gavarnie) owned by Charles F. Willis, IV, purchased the stock of Aloha Island Air, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, (Island Air) from Aloha AirGroup, Inc. (Aloha) on May 11, 2004. Charles F. Willis, IV is the President, CEO and Chairman of our Board of Directors and owns approximately 30% of our common stock. As of December 31, 2010, Island Air leases three DeHaviland DHC-8-100 aircraft and four spare engines from us. The aircraft and engines on lease to Island Air have a net book value of $3.8 million at December 31, 2010. Beginning in 2006 Island Air experienced cash flow difficulties, which affected their payments to us due to a fare war commenced by a competitor, their dependence on tourism which has suffered from the current economic environment as well as volatile fuel prices. The Board of Directors approved lease rent deferrals which were accounted for as a reduction in lease revenue in the applicable periods. Because of the question regarding collectability of amounts due under these leases, lease rent revenue for these leases have been recorded on a cash basis until such time as collectability becomes reasonably assured. After taking into account the deferred amounts, Island Air owes us $2.8 million in overdue rent. We hold letters of credit for $0.2 million which may be used to partially offset our claims against Island Air.

In October 2010, Island Air purchased one airframe from us, generating a net gain of $0.4 million. Effective January 2, 2011 we converted the operating leases with Island Air to a finance lease, with a principal amount of $7.0 million, under which they have resumed monthly payments. This transaction will increase operating income by $3.2 million which will be recognized over the five year term of the finance lease. We are also discussing a program for them to commence payments of the deferred amounts under the previous operating leases on a reduced basis. This program is dependent on their obtaining substantially similar concessions from their other major creditors.

We hold a fifty percent membership interest in a joint venture, WOLF A340, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, (WOLF). On December 30, 2005, WOLF completed the purchase of two Airbus A340-313 aircraft from Boeing Aircraft Holding Company for a purchase price of $96.0 million. These aircraft are currently on lease to Emirates until 2013. Our investment in the joint venture at December 31, 2010 is $9.4 million.

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