Norwegian update on capital raise

Norwegian has today updated the market on the forthcoming capital raise.

The upper limit for raising capital has been increased to £500 million.

The debt will be sharply reduced and in addition aircraft orders amounting to £7 billion have been cancelled.

“The capital raise has been revised to between 4.5 and 6 billion kroner, this is due to several factors,” said Jacob Schram, CEO of Norwegian.

“We want to take a conservative approach at a time when the pandemic and travel restrictions continue to create unpredictability in the travel sector. Therefore, we must take this uncertainty into account in our forward planning strategy.

“At the same time, we have also taken into consideration feedback from investors, as well as dialogue with our board”.

“The new Norwegian, with a simplified organizational structure and operating model, will be a significantly more competitive company than before.

“This will not only be the case when compared to how we were before the pandemic struck, but also in view of the competitive environment we envisage across the aviation industry in the future” Schram continued.

“We greatly appreciate the long-term support that we have already received for the restructuring and capital raising from individual investors during this time of unpredictability as a result of the pandemic” said CFO Geir Karlsen.

“The debt will be reduced by between NOK 62 and 65 billion compared to the end of 2019, and we have cancelled aircraft orders worth NOK 85 billion.” Karlsen continued.

“Total debt will therefore be between NOK 16 and 20 billion, of which NOK 6-7 billion is related to our aircraft fleet”.