The deal will be pivotal for creditors seeking to recover more than $1 billion in debt from the carrier, which has posted losses in nine of the past 11 years and had to ground planes amid its liquidity challenges.
Wednesday 10, April 2019
(Bloomberg) --The fate of debt-laden Jet Airways, the country’s oldest surviving private airline, could be determined as soon as a creditor-imposed deadline for takeover bids runs out.
Creditors led by State Bank of India had not received any bids for as much as 75 per cent of Jet Airways as of Tuesday, though that doesn’t mean that offers will not come in on the final day. Questions abound from potential bidders, including debt levels and how much of a stake will actually be available for sale.
There is much at stake beyond the troubled airline, which once represented a cornerstone of the Indian travel market. The fate of Jet Airways, which employs more than 20,000 people, is also crucial to the legacy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he faces an election that begins 11 April after holding power for the last five years.
Jitender Bhargava, Aviation Expert and Former Director of Air India, said, “I am not very optimistic that they will get any investors coming in and with a large part of its fleet grounded, the future of the airline looks very bleak unless some kind of divine intervention takes place.”
According to the sale process that started earlier this week potential buyers for as much as 75 per cent stake in the carrier must submit their interest by 10 April, after qualified bidders are selected, they will be provided access to company data and bid documentation.