Jet's stake sale terms tweaked; date for EoIs extended

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 11, 2019 10:58 hrs
Jet Airways (AP photo)

New Delhi/Mumbai: Lenders of the debt-ridden Jet Airways on Wednesday tweaked the terms for stake sale in the airline and also extended the submission deadline for "expression of interest" bids from prospective buyers.

As per a clarification document issued by investment banking major SBI Capital Markets (SBI Cap), prospective buyers can acquire the company or effect change in its management control.

The prospective buyers would also be required to furnish solvency certificates. In another 'clarification' document, the last date for EoI submission was extended from 6 p.m. on Wednesday to 6 p.m. on Friday (April 12).

In a late evening statement, SBI Capital Markets said: "As part of the process, we are in receipt of some EOIs and some more persons have expressed desire to participate, if additional time is provided."

"Accordingly, in order to allow better participation in the process, the domestic lenders have agreed for extension of the timeline for submission of Expression of Interest which have been updated and made available on the websites."

However, industry insiders cited a "poor response" to the EoI as the main reason.

Speculation was also rife that the lenders might give more time to the airline's ex-Chairman Naresh Goyal or major equity owner Etihad Airways to participate.

Further fund infusion into the airline also hangs in the balance, as the lenders will decide whether to pump in more capital based on their assessment of response to the EoI.

The consortium of banks has appointed SBI Caps to take out the EoI and conduct the process of their stake sale in the airline.

According to the document, the last date for submission of queries has also been extended to April 11.

"While all soft copies of the EOIs are required to submitted by the due date, the hard copies may be submitted by April 16, 2019," the document said.

The lenders have offered a stake from 31.2 to 75 per cent of the company on a fully diluted basis.

Currently, the airline owes Rs 8,000 crore to lenders, led by the SBI. On March 25, Goyal had stepped down from the board of the airline and ceded majority control to the SBI-led consortium.

The development comes a day after debt-ridden airline was served a legal notice from a section of its pilots demanding payment of salaries, due from January 1, by April 14.

Subsequently, the airline's CEO Vinay Dube said the company continues to work with lenders on the balancesheet restructuring plan and will inform the employees about the progress of the process by early next week.




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