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Lufthansa Group obtains US$9.9b in financial support

LUFTHANSA Group has secured approval from the federal German government's economic stabilisation fund, WSF, for a EUR9 billion (US$9

01 June 2020 - 19:00

LUFTHANSA Group has secured approval from the federal German government's economic stabilisation fund, WSF, for a EUR9 billion (US$9.92 billion) financial package.

Under the agreement the WSF will contribute up to EUR5.7 billion to Lufthansa's assets including EUR4.7 billion in equity.



The measure will be supplemented by a syndicated three-year credit facility of up to EUR3 billion, provided by private banks and KfW - yet to be approved.



It says the 'silent participation' is unlimited in time and can be terminated by the company - either in whole or in part - on a quarterly basis.



The remuneration will amount to 4 per cent for 2020 and 2021, increasing gradually to 9.5 per cent by 2027.



WSF will acquire shares to build up a 20 per cent shareholding in Lufthansa Group at a price of EUR2.56 per share - equating to an overall cash investment of some EUR300 million.



It will be able to increase the shareholding further, to just over 25 per cent, if there is a takeover of the company.



If Lufthansa Group fails to remunerate the fund, then an additional portion of the WSF participation can be converted into another 5 per cent shareholding from 2024 and 2026 - although the second conversion only becomes valid if the shareholding increase from a takeover has not been exercised.



Subject to Lufthansa's fully repaying the participations and a minimum sale price of EUR2.56 per share, plus annual interest of 12 per cent, the WSF is undertaking to sell its entire shareholding at the market price by December 31,2023.



Lufthansa Group says the stabilisation package still requires the final approval of its management board and supervisory board, while the measures are also subject to shareholders' and regulatory approval, reports London's Air Cargo News.


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