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Jet Airways proposes late debt repayments

Reuters SINGAPORE | Updated on January 10, 2019 Published on January 10, 2019

Says will meet debt payments that come due from April

Cash-strapped Jet Airways proposed to creditors that it would catch up with debt payments in arrears by September and from April would meet debt payments as they come due, according to a document seen by Reuters.

Jet met with lenders, lessors and vendors in India on Tuesday to discuss its financial situation and a debt-repayment plan, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Jet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The airline has to make large debt repayments over the next few years, starting with about 17 billion rupees ($242 million) by the end of March, ratings agency ICRA said in a note on Jan. 2.

The airline last week said it had defaulted on a debt payment to a consortium of Indian banks, led by State Bank of India, that had been due on Dec. 31, prompting ICRA to downgrade the carrier's credit ratings and sent its shares sharply lower.

The 25-year-old airline also owes money to pilots, lessors and vendors. Intense pricing competition, a weak rupee and rising fuel costs weighed on Indian airlines in 2018.

An instalment of interest and principal on debt due on Dec. 31 was delayed “due to temporary cash flow mismatch”, the company said last week, without disclosing the size of the missed payment.

In a presentation slide from the meeting with lenders on Tuesday seen by Reuters, Jet proposed a “resolution plan” that would involve making payments on loans originally due in December, January and February in several tranches between Mar. 31 and Sept. 30.

Published on January 10, 2019
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