SAS AB has introduced that it has reached agreements with 2 further lessors, representing in mixture 7 plane, to amend the phrases of current plane and tools lease agreements. Together with SAS’ beforehand introduced amended agreements with lessors on October 5, 2022, SAS has now reached agreements with in complete 12 lessors, representing 43 plane, as a part of the chapter 11 course of. This constitutes an vital step in reconfiguring the fleet and attaining the SEK 7.5 billion in annual price financial savings below the SAS FORWARD plan. The brand new amended lease agreements are topic to approval by the U.S. Chapter Courtroom for the Southern District of New York (the “Courtroom”), and to the plan of reorganization within the chapter 11 course of changing into efficient.
On October 5, 2022, SAS introduced that it had reached agreements with 10 lessors, representing in mixture 36 plane, to amend the phrases of current plane and tools lease agreements. These agreements had been permitted by the Courtroom on October 14, 2022. At the moment, SAS proclaims that agreements have been reached with 2 further lessors – Carlyle and SMBC – representing in mixture 7 slender physique plane, in addition to sure tools associated thereto.
Via the amended lease agreements, SAS is effectively on monitor in attaining the focused annual price financial savings of a minimum of SEK 850 million to 1.0 billion in lowered plane lease and capital prices, which constitutes an vital step in attaining the SEK 7.5 billion in annual price financial savings by fiscal yr 2026 below the SAS FORWARD plan. The Firm intends to proceed negotiations with sure different of its lessors to realize additional amendments in current lease agreements.
Further Info Concerning the Chapter 11 Course of and Implementation of SAS FORWARD
On July 5, 2022, to speed up the implementation of its complete enterprise transformation plan SAS FORWARD, SAS introduced that it had voluntarily filed for chapter 11 within the U.S., a well-established and versatile authorized framework for restructuring companies with operations in a number of jurisdictions. Via this course of, SAS goals to achieve agreements with key stakeholders, restructure the Firm’s debt obligations, reconfigure its plane fleet, and emerge with a big capital injection. The SAS FORWARD plan encompasses elevating a minimum of SEK 9.5 billion in new fairness capital in addition to lowering or changing SEK 20 billion of debt into frequent fairness (of which a majority is on-balance sheet debt), together with state hybrid notes, business hybrid notes, Swiss bonds, time period loans from states, plane lease liabilities and upkeep contract obligations and different executory contract obligations. The brand new fairness increase and debt-to-equity conversions contemplated as a part of SAS FORWARD will entail very substantial dilution to current shareholders. SAS targets to finish its court-supervised course of within the U.S. inside 12 months from the graduation of the chapter 11 course of in July 2022.
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