India’s SpiceJet restructures dues to Carlyle Aviation, to raise fresh capital

posted on 27th February 2023 by Eddie Saunders
India's SpiceJet restructures dues to Carlyle Aviation, to raise fresh capital

Nandan MandayamReuters News

India’s SpiceJet Ltd said on Monday it will convert around $100 million in dues to an aircraft lessor into equity and debentures and raise fresh capital of $300 million, sending the shares up as much as 6%.

The low-cost carrier will convert its dues to Carlyle Aviation Partners into new shares worth $29.5 million, giving the commercial aviation investment and servicing arm of Carlyle Group Inc a 7.5% stake in the company.

The airline will also transfer $65.5 million worth of compulsorily converted debentures of SpiceXpress and Logistics to Carlyle Aviation.

Carlyle will convert the debentures of SpiceXpress, a separate airline cargo company owned by SpiceJet, into shares of the cargo business at a later date.

The transaction will cut SpiceJet’s debt by over $100 million, it said in a statement.

The company had a net debt of 10.19 billion rupees ($123 million) as of March 2022, while cash and cash equivalents were at 66.08 million rupees as of September-end.

SpiceJet will also seek shareholders’ approval to raise fresh capital by issuing securities worth 25 billion rupees ($301.8 million) to qualified institutional buyers. The airline has separately raised another 25.56 billion rupees by hiving off its cargo business, SpiceXpress, into a separate unit, it said.

Shares of SpiceJet jumped as much as 6.4% on the announcement.

The company’s plan to raise capital comes as its cash reserves dwindle and new entrant Akasa Air jostles for a share of the market, while rival Air India ramps up its revamp plans with mammoth orders for new aircraft.

SpiceJet’s market share slipped to 7.3% in January from 7.7% in December, while IndiGo retained the lion’s share of 56.3%. Akasa grabbed 2.8%, while Air India’s share was steady at 9.2%, data from the country’s aviation regulator showed.

($1 = 82.8280 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Nandan Mandayam in Bengaluru; Editing by Varun H K)