Airline SAS seeks equity bids as part of bankruptcy proceedings

April 06, 2023 12:47 PM AEST | By Reuters
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April 5 (Reuters) - Scandinavian airline SAS AB said on Thursday it had initiated steps to raise equity and would seek bids as part of its ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.

The embattled carrier filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. last year, as it sought to slash costs and debt amid strikes from pilots after wage talks collapsed.

The airline, which earlier aimed to raise SEK 9.5 billion ($911.20 million) in equity financing, now said the final sum would be dependent on the bidding process and generation of additional liquidity by the airline.

It expects "little or no recovery for subordinated unsecured creditors and only a modest recovery for general unsecured creditors due to anticipated debt reductions and the need for substantial new equity capital."

SAS, whose biggest owners are Sweden and Denmark, said in a statement that it expects revenues to return to pre-COVID levels in fiscal year 2024, and reach up to about 58 billion Swedish crowns for 2026.

It also sees a significantly higher level of liquidity than the previously expected 15% for 2023.

In February, the Scandinavian airline posted a slightly smaller first-quarter loss before tax than a year earlier, as bookings for the quarter and the summer months were better than expected. ($1 = 10.4258 Swedish crowns) (Reporting by Shivani Tanna and Bharat Govind Gautam in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh Venkateshwaran)


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