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Debt-ridden Air India to raise Rs 5 billion via short-term borrowings

This is the second time in this fiscal year that Air India is borrowing for working capital

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Air India, Privatisation
Air India

National carrier is looking to raise Rs 5 billion through short-term borrowings to meet its working capital requirements.

The short-term loan (STL) will be drawn in September in one or more tranches, according to the bid document.

"is inviting bids for government-guaranteed short-term loans (STLs) totalling to Rs 5 billion to meet its urgent working capital requirements," the bid document said.

The tenure of the loan will be for one year (renewable) from the date of availing the STL, it added.

The banks have been asked to submit their bids by September 10.

In July, the government had sought Parliament's approval for Rs 9.8 billion in supplementary grants towards equity infusion in the national carrier. The amount is still awaited by the carrier.

This is the second time in this fiscal year that the airline is borrowing for working capital.

In June as well, had borrowed Rs 10 billion through short-term loans to pay staff salaries and meet other payment obligations following a failed privatisation attempt.

Its debt is estimated to be over Rs 500 billion.

The carrier had borrowed Rs 62.5 billion from various banks between September and March quarters last fiscal for its day-to-day capital needs.

Air India is staying afloat on a bailout package extended by the government in 2012, as part of a turnaround plan (TAP) and a financial restructuring plan (FRP). In the current fiscal year, it has received an equity infusion of Rs 6.5 billion up to June.

Under its turnaround and financial restructuring plans approved by the government in April 2012, Air India is to receive a budgetary support of Rs 302.31 billion over a 10-year period ending March 2021.

Air India has received an equity infusion of Rs 271.9521 billion so far.

First Published: Fri, September 07 2018. 19:00 IST