PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (IDX: GIAA) is in talks with Airbus SE (AIR.PA) to delay the deliveries of four aircraft, the CEO told the parliament on Tuesday (07/14) - Photo by the Company

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The national flag carrier, PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (IDX: GIAA) is in talks with Airbus SE (AIR.PA) to delay the deliveries of four aircraft, the CEO told the parliament on Tuesday (07/14). Earlier the airlines company has cancelled the orders of 49 units Boeing 737 Max 8.

The state-owned firm also aims to restructure its aircraft leasing and to terminate unsuited contracts. Early of this year, the CEO, Irfan Setiaputra, said will bring in four new Airbus aircraft was order in 2016.

At the year, Garuda ordered around 14 units of Airbus series A330 – 990 Neo type. The booking agreement was witnessed by President Joko Widodo in London, England. In November 2019, the first  A330 – 900 Neo had landed.

Currently, the flight carrier operates 204 aircraft, consisting of 139 fleets use by the company and 62 aircraft operated by its unit PT Citilink Indonesia. As many as 105 units are narrow body type aircraft and 34 units of wide body type.

A total of 181 aircraft operated by Garuda are chartered, while 20 are owned by the company. Setiaputra admitted that the flight company explores various options to overcome the company’ debts amid the COVID-19 outbreak. 

In response to the local bourse query, the state-owned airline says it has begun negotiations with lessors to delay or extend the payment periods. Quoting the 2019′ financial statements, the company has a total loan of $1.83 billion and a net loan of $1.53 billion while the equity share reached $720.62 million.

Its mean, the debt to equity position around 2.55 times and net debt to equity ratio about 214 percent. Setiaputra stated, beside renegotiate with its creditors, Garuda also seeking financing support from financial institutions. In addition, the airline planned to cut its expenses by 20 percent, and is seeking some form of government support.

He also “optimized” the number of flights, increases the capacity of cargo business and repatriation flights, closing unprofitable routes, delaying the delivery of four Airbus A330 900 Neos for this year.

Early of 2020, Garuda has aborted its global bond issuances worth $900 million caused not yet get approval from the shareholders. Initially, the funds will use to pay the maturity debt of $1.68 billion in June of this year.

The maturity debt will be paid by three schemes. Firstly, the company will issue the bond without special guarantee $750 million. Beside, the company also considered to conduct private placement with a value of $750 million. The bonds has tenor until 2024 and will be spent to pay debt which matured in one year.

The last option which takes the company into account is the peer to peer lending in dollar currency of $500 million. The transaction has tenor until 2024 and aims to pay debt matured in one year.

“Considering the transaction is above 50 percent of the company’ capital, so the company should hold a shareholders meeting to get approval,” said the management.

Garuda had to be punished by Indonesia’ Financial Service Authority and the ministry of finance related to financial statements per December 2018. From the evaluation, they imposed several sanctions on the airline and its directors.

The agency stated, its directors would each be fined Rp100 million, in addition to another collective sanction that will be imposed on directors and commissioners who had signed off on the results.

Amid the development in the global economy, Setiaputra rated, in the next six months the aviation industry will deteriorate, as there is a lack of clarity when the pandemic will end. Usually, the peak season in May and June for travelers as it coincides with the end of Ramadan and  school holidays.

In addition, Garuda may also be unable to operate Hajj flights this year, which falls in the July – August period. The company expects a 33 percent decline in its total revenues in the first quarter of 2020 due to falling passenger numbers and ticket prices.

Recently, the passenger segment contributes more than 80 percent of its total revenue, and the fall in passenger numbers comes after Indonesia implemented measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19.

In 2019, Garuda posted an operating profit of $147 million, a turnaround from 2018’ $199 million operating loss. Revenues worth of $4.56 billion, and net profit was $7 million.

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