OSLO, May 20 (Reuters) - Budget airline Norwegian Air has secured a long-sought credit guarantee from Norway’s government after completing a debt restructuring, it said on Wednesday, allowing it to survive in a slimmed-down version.
Following the grounding of almost all its fleet due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company had said it would run out of cash in mid-May unless it was able to qualify for the 2.7 billion Norwegian crowns ($271 million) state package.
The government in a separate statement confirmed the airline would get the guarantee. Norwegian had already secured a $30 million payout at an earlier stage, taking the overall loan to $301 million.
Bondholders, lessors and shareholders agreed in recent weeks to a 12.7 billion crowns debt conversion and share sale that boosted Norwegian’s equity ratio to 17% from 4.8% at end-2019, exceeding the minimum government requirement of 8%. ($1 = 9.9751 Norwegian crowns) (Reporting by Terje Solsvik, editing by Louise Heavens)