KBRA Releases Research on Aviation ABS Exposure to China


KBRA released a research report examining exposure to China in its rated universe of aviation asset-backed securities (ABS) transactions.

In August, the White House announced an executive order prohibiting certain investments in China in sensitive technologies that could threaten the national security of the U.S., such as semiconductors, microelectronics and artificial intelligence.

While the bans are focused on the technology sector, they are among the latest escalations of geopolitical issues between the U.S. and China, with the potential to expand to other industries should tensions mount.

While KBRA is hopeful this does not occur — and do not foresee such actions — it prompted the company to assess China exposure across its rated universe of more than 50 aviation ABS transactions.

The report shows the percentage of the portfolio value to lessees that are located in China, based on data used from the September 2023 payment date reports.

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