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Singapore Airlines Raises $600m in US Dollar Bond Deal

The seven-year notes, its second US dollar bond offering after it raised $500 million in a five-year issue with a 3% coupon last year, have a coupon rate of 3.375%


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The Singapore government last month froze the sale of tickets for arriving flights under its quarantine-free travel programme for four weeks, citing the risk from the fast-spreading Omicron Covid-19 variant.

 

Singapore Airlines said on Thursday it had raised $600 million in a US dollar bond deal to help fund aircraft purchases and repay existing borrowings as it grapples with lower travel demand amid rising Omicron infections.

The seven-year notes, its second US dollar bond offering, have a coupon of 3.375%. A year ago, it raised $500 million in a five-year issue with a 3% coupon.

The airline was aiming to raise between $500 million and $750 million, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

The Singapore government last month froze the sale of tickets for arriving flights under its quarantine-free travel programme for four weeks, citing the risk from the fast-spreading Omicron Covid-19 variant.

Before this offering, the airline had raised S$21.6 billion ($16 billion) of liquidity during the pandemic and had untapped debt facilities of S$2.1 billion as of September 30, according to its latest financial results presentation.

Despite the fall in demand, it has been spending billions of dollars renewing its fleet to help lower fuel burn and carbon emissions.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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