Jet Air, Etihad in talks for stake sale; 24% could change hands
“By its very nature, there cannot, at this stage, be a firm time line as to the progress of these negotiations, considering the complexity of transnational transactions such as this, and the complexity of the legal requirements of the regulatory structure,” the company said.
Etihad is expected to pick up a 24% stake in Jet for around R1,600-1,800 crore, valuing the carrier at about R6,259-7,511 crore. Jet’s market capitalisation as per Thursday’s share price is R5,242 crore. The scrip has risen 65% since the government relaxed rules on FDI in Indian carriers. The airline reported a net loss of R1,236.10 crore in 2011-12 on revenues of R14,815.91 crore.
“From Jet Airways’ perspective, the most significant advantage from a potential deal will be more equity and access to loan funds. The main benefit to Etihad could probably largely be from better traffic feed from India into Abu Dhabi,” a recent HSBC report noted.
Etihad Airways is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates fully owned by the Abu Dhabi government. After starting commercial operations in November 2003, it has gained a fleet strength of 67 aircraft (a mix of Airbus, Boeing, narrow-body and
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