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Malaysia's AirAsia Group wins approval for US$120 million govt-guaranteed loan

Malaysia's AirAsia Group wins approval for US$120 million govt-guaranteed loan

FILE PHOTO: AirAsia Airbus A320-200 planes are seen on the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) in Sepang, Malaysia, February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia's AirAsia Group has received approval from Danajamin Nasional Berhad for a club facility of up to 500 million ringgit (US$120 million), it said in a statement on Tuesday.

The loan, 80per cent of which is guaranteed by the government, is earmarked for working capital purposes, which will support staff costs and key operating expenses such as aircraft maintenance as the group prepares to ramp up operations, it said.

The loan, disbursed as part of a COVID-19 economic stimulus package from the government, has been approved by the airline's lenders under a club deal term financing, it said.

Danajamin Nasional, the country's only financial guarantee insurer, is half-owned by the finance ministry.

Malaysia is looking at allowing interstate domestic travel and international travel for its citizens when 90per cent of its adult population is fully vaccinated. The rate stood at 88per cent on Monday.

AirAsia has been seeking up to 2.5 billion ringgit to weather the pandemic-induced slump in global travel, initially aiming to secure the funds by the end of last year.

The group plans to raise up to 1 billion ringgit The group plans to raise up to 1 billion ringgit through a rights issue by the end of this year through a rights issue by the end of this year.

(US$1 = 4.1780 ringgit)

(Reporting by Liz Lee; editing by Jason Neely and Louise Heavens)

Source: Reuters

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