Seven Bombardier CRJ900 type aircraft owned by Transpordi Varahaldus OÜ (TVH) are now fully financed by LHV Pank, while Estonia’s national airline Nordica continues as their lessee. Government-owned TVH refinanced its previously issued bonds with a 23 million euro loan from an Estonian LHV Pank.
In 2017 and 2018, TVH issued bonds for a total of 35 million euros which were purchased in equal parts by LHV Pension Funds and LHV Pank. TVH used the financing to purchase additional CRJ900-type aircraft and lease them to Nordic Aviation Group AS (Nordica). The outstanding amount of the bonds was now refinanced with a bank loan obtained from LHV Pank.
Indrek Nuume, Head of Business Banking at LHV Pank, said that the local bank and the local aircraft owner were a perfect match. “Our cooperation with TVH has been long-standing, successful and reliable. We’re glad to be involved in their investment plans. As LHV Pension Funds are always on a lookout for new investment opportunities with a higher rate of return, we agreed on new suitable bank financing terms with TVH. We can see that the sector is recovering well and wish all the success to Estonian aviation,” Nuume added.
Ergo Blumfeldt, Member of TVH’s Management Board, noted that the two past years had been exceedingly complicated for aviation. He explained however, that due to reliable and long-standing cooperation with the lessee and the financiers alike, the asset holding company has weathered the crisis well, managing to keep its current commercial activities profitable. Blumfeldt pointed out a positive development that in recent months the regional aviation market has been clearly showing significant restoration of demand.