Qantas plans early repayment of debt
Almasalla- Arab Travel Portal News – Australian flag carrier Qantas will repay A$450 million ($422 million) of senior unsecured bank debt, eight months ahead of schedule, primarily using proceeds from the group’s recent issue of A$ medium term notes. Settlement is expected Aug. 20.
Combined with recent A$ medium term notes issues and the repurchase of $254 million of Qantas’ 6.05% notes due April 2016, the airline said the announcement had “significantly extended the Group’s debt maturity profile.”
In terms of liquidity, Qantas retains more than A$3 billion in cash and undrawn bank lines. The airline has added 31 new unencumbered aircraft to the balance sheet since financial year 2010 (FY10), with a further 49 mid-life aircraft to become unencumbered over FY14 through to FY17 as debt is repaid.