Avianca Holdings S.A. Files Motion for Approval by U.S. Court of Approximately US$ 2.0 Billion in Debtor-in-Possession (“DIP”) Financing

Avianca Holdings S.A. Files Motion for Approval by U.S. Court of Approximately US$ 2.0 Billion in Debtor-in-Possession (“DIP”) Financing

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BOGOTA, Colombia, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Avianca Holdings S.A. (OTCMKTS: AVHOQ, BVC: PFAVH) (the “Company” or “Avianca”) today announced that it has secured commitments for debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing totaling just over US$ 2.0 billion and has filed a motion to approve the financing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “U.S. Court”).

Anko van der Werff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avianca, said, “We are extremely pleased with the support received from a large number of third-party institutional investors and our existing lenders. We believe this demonstrates the market’s confidence in Avianca’s future as a strong, competitive and profitable airline. Securing these financing commitments is another concrete step forward in our Chapter 11 reorganization process and we look forward to the U.S. Court approval of our proposed DIP financing package. We have resumed operations in most domestic markets and plan to add more domestic and international destinations in the coming weeks, while we remain focused on refining our reorganization plan to fully address the current industry landscape and the effects of COVID-19, enabling our team to continue driving efficiency and margin expansion and positioning Avianca to successfully serve Latin America’s air travel needs for many years to come.”

The DIP financing – inclusive of rollups of existing debt and purchase loan consideration – is expected to be approximately US$ 2.0 billion, consisting of a US$ 1.27 billion Tranche A senior loan and a US$ 722 million Tranche B subordinated loan. The DIP financing includes approximately US$ 1.217 billion of new funds consisting of US$ 881 million in Tranche A and US$ 336 million in Tranche B.

On August 28, 2020, as part of syndicating the Tranche A DIP loan, the Company entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (“RSA”) with an ad hoc group of holders representing a majority of Avianca’s 2023 senior secured notes who will provide US$ 290 million in new funds (inclusive of US$ 63 million of backstop) and roll up US$ 220 million of their existing notes into Tranche A.

US$ 240 million of the Tranche A financing has been structured as a backstop commitment, to allow for the eventual participation of one or more governments.

The US$ 722 million Tranche B DIP loan includes US$ 336 million of new money financing, as well as a rollup of approximately US$ 386 million of secured convertible debt issued in December 2019 and January 2020 (the “Existing Convertible Debt”). The new money financing was provided by certain of the Existing Convertible Debt lenders, including Kingsland Holdings S.A, as well as third-party investors; certain other Existing Convertible Debt lenders, including United Airlines, participated solely in the Tranche B loan rollup by refinancing their Existing Convertible Debt.

The DIP loans are secured by Avianca’s key assets (including the Company’s ownership stakes in its LifeMiles and cargo subsidiaries, as well as by its key brands and cash accounts). Both tranches are secured by a lien on all available collateral, with Tranche B subordinated in right of repayment to Tranche A. The collateral pool for these DIP financings was recently substantially increased via a series of agreements previously announced by Avianca.

The financing is subject to U.S. Court approval, with a hearing scheduled for October 5, 2020, and other customary conditions.

Seabury Securities LLC is serving as Avianca’s investment bank and financial advisor. Goldman Sachs Lending Partners LLC and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. are serving as co-lead arrangers and joint bookrunners of the Tranche A DIP Loans. Milbank LLP is serving as Avianca’s legal advisor.

Additional information about the DIP financing is available on Avianca’s website (www.aviancaholdings.com).   

About Avianca Holdings S.A. (OTCMKTS: AVHOQ) (BVC: PFAVH)
Avianca is the trademark for the group of passenger airlines and cargo airlines under the holding company Avianca Holdings S.A. Avianca has been flying continuously for 100 years. As of December 2019, the Company had over 21,000 employees, operated a fleet of 158 aircraft and served 76 destinations in 27 countries within the Americas and Europe. In 2019, the Company carried 30.5 million passengers, generating revenues of approximately US$ 4.6 billion.

Forward-Looking Statements
Avianca has included statements in this press release that constitute “forward-looking statements”. As a general matter, forward-looking statements are those focused on future or anticipated events or trends, expectations, and beliefs including, among other things, the Company’s expectations with respect to its Chapter 11 proceedings, the airline industry and the impacts of COVID-19. Such statements are intended to be identified by words such as “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “will,” “project,” “plan” and similar expressions in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. Any forward-looking statements are and will be based upon the Company’s then-current expectations, estimates and assumptions regarding future events and are applicable only as of the dates of such statements. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements in this press release are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, including with respect to the Chapter 11 process, related negotiations and hearings before the Bankruptcy Court, as well as the COVID-19 crisis. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in this press release for numerous reasons, including factors outside of the Company’s control. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise this press release, including any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contacts

Investor Contact

Avianca:
Luca Pfeifer, Head of Investor Relations
[email protected]
(571) (5877700)

U.S. and Europe Media Contact

Avianca:
Viviana Escobar, Corporate Communications
[email protected]

Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher:
Leigh Parrish
[email protected] 
+1 212 355 4449

Central America Media Contacts

Avianca:
Viviana Escobar, Corporate Communications
[email protected]

LLYC:
Alejandra Aljure, Director
[email protected]   

Colombia and South America Media Contact

Avianca:
Viviana Escobar, Corporate Communications
[email protected]  

SOURCE Avianca Holdings S.A.

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