India’s Jet Airways stock suffers heavy losses after funding doubts

Almost twenty percent of the value of Indian airline Jet Airways was wiped away at one stage Tuesday, following uncertainty over lifeline funding needed to keep planes flying.

The airline has run out of cash, forcing pilots to go without salaries for months as well as causing failed payments to companies in which lease aircraft, as well as defaults on additional loans.

As the cash crunch has worsened, the airline’s fleet has shrunk to seven aircraft coming from 119, as unpaid leasing companies who own the planes take back the aircraft. Shares inside the carrier have fallen by more than 60 percent inside the last 12 months.

The airline’s board has been hoping to secure 15 billion rupees ($215 million) in emergency funding as well as in which will be being reported by CNBC-TV18 in which the board of Jet Airways has asked CEO Vinay Dube to plead one last time to lenders. Without a credit lifeline, in which will be understood operations will have to be temporarily shut down.

The carrier, which was founded more than 25 years ago, has already suspended international operations till April 18.

On India’s National Stock Exchange in Mumbai on Tuesday, stock inside the carrier was down more than 18 percent at one stage although had pared losses to sit around 7.5 percent down after reports in which funding coming from lenders was likely to come through.

In March, the airline’s founder, Naresh Goyal, stepped down as chairman, handing majority control to a consortium of Indian lenders led by government-owned SBI (State Bank of India). A longer-term rescue for the airline will be being crafted, with bids being encouraged for outsiders to take a majority stake.

SBI Capital Markets, a division of the State Bank of India, will be running the Jet Airways stake sale on behalf of a consortium of lenders.

Potential buyers reportedly include Etihad Airways, PJSC, India’s National Investment as well as Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) as well as private equity firms TPG Capital as well as Indigo Partners.

A separate proposal backed by founder Goyal will be believed to have currently withdrawn its bid.

Jet Airways had its first flight in May 1993, operating primarily out of Mumbai. Its latest official figures put the number of employees at more than 17,000.

Domestically, in which will be currently India’s third-largest private airline after IndiGo as well as Spice Jet, holding a 10% passenger market share during February 2019.