• Joe Breitfeller

Singapore Airlines Raises $1.5 Billion From Sale-and-Leaseback Transactions

Singapore Airlines has raised S$ 2.0 billion (US $1.5 billion) through sale-and-leaseback transactions for eleven aircraft, including seven Airbus A350-900s and four Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900ULR - Courtesy Airbus

On Monday (May 3, 2021), Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that they have raised S$2.0 billion (US $1.5 billion) from the sale-and-leaseback of 11 aircraft. The transactions included seven Airbus A350-900s and four Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners. Since April 1st, 2020, SIA has successfully raised approximately S$15.4 billion (US $11.6 billion) in new liquidity, including these sale-and-leaseback transactions. The total includes S$8.8 billion from a successful rights issue, S$2.1 billion from secured financing, S$2.0 via the issuance of convertible bonds and notes and more than $500 million in new lines of credit and a short-term unsecured loan.

In Monday’s announcement, Singapore Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Goh Choon Phong, said,

“The additional liquidity from these sale-and-leaseback transactions reinforces our ability to navigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic from a position of strength. We will continue to respond nimbly to the evolving marketing conditions, and be ready to capture all possible growth opportunities as we recover from this crisis.”

Singapore Airlines Raises US $1.5 Billion From Sale-and-Leaseback Transactions - Courtesy Singapore Airlines

SIA continues to have access to S$2.1 billion (US $1.6 billion) in committed credit lines and maintains the option to raise up to S$6.2 billion in additional mandatory convertible bonds prior to the company’s AGM in July 2021. Due to ongoing market uncertainty, SIA will continue to explore additional measures to increase liquidity as necessary.

Source: Singapore Airlines