Azul S.A., “Azul”, announces today that it has reached agreements on new payment profiles with its lessors providing working capital relief equivalent to R$3.2 billion from the beginning of the crisis until December 2021. Agreements have been reached with lessors representing over 98% of Azul’s operating lease liability, and negotiations continue with the remaining lessors.
According to these agreements, Azul will follow an adjusted payment schedule based on a conservative demand recovery scenario. As a result, the Company’s operating lease payments from April to December of 2020 are expected to be R$566 million, a reduction of 77% compared to the original agreements. The lower monthly lease rates will be compensated by slightly higher rates starting in 2023 or by the extension of certain lease agreements at market rates.
In addition, as a result of the successful negotiations with its partners, the Company’s total lease liability is expected to be reduced by R$3.4 billion from the end of March to December, reaching R$12.5 billion by the end of the year, reflecting the present value of the newly negotiated lease payments according to IFRS 16.
“Lessors represent 80% of our total debt position, and therefore reaching an agreement with them is an important step in ensuring we will come out of this crisis stronger and fully committed to this mutually beneficial partnership. We are proud for the support we are receiving from all of our stakeholders, including not only lessors, but also crewmembers, banks and suppliers,” said Alex Malfitani, Azul’s CFO.