Malaysian Maps Out USD$798 Mln Funding

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Published: May 23, 2012

Malaysia Airlines said it planned a 10-year, MYR2.5 billion ringgit (USD$ 798 million) sukuk to shore up its capital base under a three-pronged funding.

The funding plan is part of the ailing national carrier’s strategy to return to profitability after posting a narrower first-quarter net loss.

“We anticipate drawing down the first tranche of MYR1 billion ringgit of the proposed sukuk some time in June 2012, once all regulatory approvals are cleared,” MAS said.

Malaysian also said it had secured a bridging loan of MYR1 billion ringgit from a local commercial bank on March 30, to ensure its working capital cash balances remained adequate until the expected drawdown of the first tranche of sharia law-compliant sukuk.

The second funding pillar entailed the leasing of six new Airbus A380s and two new Airbus A330s, with a total capital value of MYR5.3 billion ringgit, according to the airline.

The third pillar involved the commercial funding of its aircraft capital expenditure, MAS added.

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