Indonesia's Garuda airline seeks delay in vote on debt restructuring proposal

FILE PHOTO: A plane belonging to Garuda Indonesia is seen on the tarmac of Terminal 3, SoekarnoÐHatta International Airport near Jakarta, Indonesia April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside/File Photo/File Photo

Garuda Indonesia has asked administrators to postpone a vote on the flag carrier’s debt restructuring proposal for two days to June 17, its chief executive said late on Monday.

Garuda creditors had been expected to vote on the restructuring proposal on Wednesday.

CEO Irfan Setiaputra said in a statement that a delay was needed to finalise administrative matters and to harmonise the input of stakeholders on the restructuring proposal.

Garuda started the court-led restructuring process on Dec 9, after a vendor petitioned the court over unpaid bills.

The court-appointed administrators will discuss the proposed voting delay with the supervising judge, one of the administrators said.

“The administrators will carry out voting by taking into account the readiness of the debtor for its restructuring proposal,” Martin Patrick Nagel told Reuters.

Garuda has offered to replace its liabilities to lessors and Islamic bondholders with new bonds and equity worth $1.13 billion.

The latest verified claims under Garuda‘s restructuring process had reached 120.5 trillion rupiah ($8.21 billion).

The airline said on Tuesday that a majority of the holders of its 2 trillion rupiah ($136.26 million) asset-backed securities “KIK-EBA Mandiri GIAA 01” had agreed on a tenor extension up to 10 years and a new payment schedule.

The securities, which securitised revenue rights from Garuda‘s ticket sales on the Jeddah-Medina route, were issued in 2018 with a tenor of five years.


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