Air Canada Raises Additional $1.23 Billion

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Air Canada yesterday closed two additional financing transactions for net proceeds of CA$1.23 billion. 

"The fact Air Canada was able to add $1.23 billion to its liquidity with these last two transactions without utilizing any of its previously disclosed unencumbered assets leaves the airline in an excellent position to access additional funds should the need arise. Complementing these efforts have been ongoing initiatives to reduce cash burn through such measures as workforce reductions, a $1.1 billion Cost Transformation Program and capacity and network rationalization," said Pierre Houle, Managing Director and Treasurer of Air Canada.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2020, Air Canada says it has raised $5.5 billion of liquidity.

"We entered 2020 on the doorstep of investment grade with a very strong balance sheet, low net leverage and significant liquidity, before the COVID-19 pandemic and government-imposed quarantines and border restrictions destroyed demand and depleted cash," continued Houle.

"Air Canada's strong relative position has allowed us to navigate through this crisis and we have full confidence that we will be successful in maintaining liquidity at levels more than sufficient to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities ahead. With these latest transactions Air Canada has now raised approximately $5.5 billion in 2020 and expects to end the second quarter of 2020 with at least $9 billion in liquidity."

Air Canada says the additional funds will go to supplement its working capital and increase its cash position throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Air Canada's current asset pool (excluding the value of Aeroplan and Air Canada Vacations) amounts to approximately $2.5 billion, says the company.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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