Value Definitions

Reproduced with permission from the ISTAT Appraiser’s Handbook.

BASE VALUE
MARKET VALUE
SOFT VALUE
SINGLE-UNIT SALE
TYPICAL
FAIR MARKET VALUE
DISTRESS VALUE
SECURITIZED VALUE

BASE VALUE

is the appraiser’s opinion of the underlying economic value of an aircraft in an open, unrestricted, stable market environment with a reasonable balance of supply and demand and assumes full consideration of its “highest and best use.” An aircraft’s Base Value is founded in the historical trend of values and in the projection of value trends and presumes an arm’s-length, cash transaction between willing, able and knowledgeable parties, acting prudently, with an absence of duress and with a reasonable period of time available for marketing. In most cases, the Base Value of an aircraft assumes its physical condition is average for an aircraft of its type and age, and its maintenance time status is at mid-life, mid-time (or benefiting from an above-average maintenance status if it is new or nearly new, as the case may be).

 

MARKET VALUE

(or Current Market Value if the value pertains to the time of the analysis) is the appraiser’s opinion of the most likely trading price that may be generated for an aircraft under the market conditions that are perceived to exist at the time in question. Market Value assumes that the aircraft is valued for its highest, best use, that the parties to the hypothetical transaction are willing, able, prudent and knowledgeable, and under no unusual pressure for a prompt sale, and that the transaction would be negotiated in an open and unrestricted market on an arm’s-length basis, for cash or equivalent consideration, and given an adequate amount of time for effective exposure to prospective buyers. Market Value assumes that an aircraft’s physical condition is average for an aircraft of its type and age, and its maintenance time status is at mid-life, mid-time (or benefiting from an above-average maintenance status if it is new or nearly new). Market Value is synonymous with Fair Market Value in that both reflect the state of supply and demand in the market that exists at the time.

 

FUTURE BASE VALUE AND FUTURE MARKET VALUE

Future Base Value and Future Market Value is the appraiser’s forecast of future aircraft value(s) setting forth Base Value(s) and Market Value(s) as defined above.
Full-Life Adjusted Base Value and Full-Life Adjusted Market Value indicates the Base Value and Market Value of the aircraft adjusted for a hypothetical Full-Life maintenance status condition but still assuming the same market conditions and transaction circumstances as described above.
Note – AVITAS’s values assume a full-life maintenance status for new aircraft which gradually phase into a half-life/half—time maintenance status at about age four where for the Full-Life Adjustment is also phased in accordingly.

SOFT VALUE

Soft Value (which is not an ISTAT defined term) is derived by applying a factor to the Market Values to reflect the impact that some imbalance (not severe) in the supply/demand equation may have on the specific aircraft type involved. A Soft Value is considered to be positioned between Market Value and Distress Value. It assumes that an aircraft’s physical condition is average for an aircraft of its type and age, and its maintenance time status is at mid-life, mid-time (or benefiting from an above-average maintenance status if it is new or nearly new).

SINGLE-UNIT SALE

While not set forth in the value definitions above, our value opinions for the asset assume a single-unit transaction wherein the asset would be sold by itself, not part of a wholesale lot or a large portfolio of assets that would be sold en masse in a transaction where some “volume discount” might typically apply.

TYPICAL

Typical (not an ISTAT defined term) is the appraiser’s opinion of an aircraft value when there is little to no difference between the various vintages. Typical values are encountered towards the end of an asset’s economic life and are characterized by substantial volatility.

FAIR MARKET VALUE

This term is synonymous with MARKET VALUE, and likewise CURRENT FAIR MARKET VALUE is synonymous with CURRENT MARKET VALUE because the criteria typically used in those documents that use the term “fair” reflect the same criteria set forth in the above definition of MARKET VALUE.

COMMENT: By itself, the term “fair” does not bring up any additional qualifications to the appraised value, but it is a term sometimes used in leases, sales contracts, tax regulations, and legal documents, and is sometimes accompanied with a specific definition to which the contracting parties have agreed. In such cases an appraiser may be required to determine his value according to that particular definition, which should be delineated in the appraisal report.

DISTRESS VALUE

Distress Value is the appraiser’s opinion of the price at which an aircraft could be sold under abnormal conditions, such as an artificially limited marketing time period, the perception of the seller being under duress to sell, an auction, a liquidation, commercial restrictions, legal complications or other such factors that significantly reduce the bargaining leverage of the seller and give the buyer a significant advantage that can translate into heavily discounted actual trading prices. Apart from the fact that the seller is uncommonly motivated, the parties to the transaction are otherwise assumed to be willing, able, prudent and knowledgeable, negotiating under the market conditions that are perceived to exist at the time, not in an idealized balanced market. While Distress Value normally implies that the seller is under some duress, there are occasions when buyers, not sellers, are distressed and, therefore, willing to pay a premium price.

 

SECURITIZED VALUE

Securitized Value or Lease – Encumbered Value is the appraiser’s opinion of the value of an aircraft under lease, given a specified lease payment stream (rents and term), an estimated future residual value at lease termination and an appropriate discount rate. The Securitized Value or Lease – Encumbered Value may be more or less than the appraiser’s opinion of Market Value. The appraiser may not be fully aware of the credit risks associated with the parties involved, nor the time-value of money to those parties, nor with possible tax consequences pertaining to the parties involved, nor with all of the provisions of the lease that may pertain to items such as security deposits, purchase options at various dates, term extensions, sub-lease rights, repossession rights, reserve payments and return conditions