Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Jet’s stake sale terms tweaked; EoI submission date extended

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 Cap ital 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).

While no reason for the modification to the process or extension was provided, 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.
10/04/19 IANS/