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American Airlines seeking US$3.5 billion in financing


American Airlines seeking US$3.5 billion in financing

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Washington – American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) said on Sunday it plans to secure US$3.5 billion in new financing, to improve the airline’s liquidity as it grapples with travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The company plans to raise US$1.5 billion by selling shares and convertible senior notes due 2025, the airline said in a statement.

Additionally, the airline said it will offer US$1.5 billion in senior secured notes and that it intends to enter into a new US$500 million term loan facility due 2024.

The company expects to use the net proceeds from the stock and convertible notes offerings for general corporate purposes and to enhance its liquidity position, the airline added.

The stock and convertible notes offerings, first reported by Bloomberg News, include a 30-day option for the underwriters to purchase up to US$112.5 million of additional common shares and up to US$112.5 million of additional convertible notes respectively, the company said.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Citigroup, BofA Securities and JP Morgan will be acting as representatives for the underwriters.

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) said last week that a modest recovery in demand was helping to slow daily cash burn rates in June after the US government reported record low passenger numbers in April amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Reuters)