Air Canada launched the syndication of a new senior secured term loan B expected to mature in 2028 and completed the syndication of a new senior secured revolving facility expected to mature in 2025.
Subject to market and other conditions, Air Canada intends to complete refinancing transactions seeking total gross proceeds of approximately $5.35 billion and which will include entering into the senior secured credit facilities. The proceeds of the term loan are intended to fund:
- The refinancing of the company’s 4.75% senior secured notes due 2023 and 9% second lien notes due 2024
- The refinancing of the company’s indebtedness under the loan agreement dated as of Oct. 6, 2016, and comprised of a syndicated secured U.S. dollar term loan B facility and a syndicated secured U.S. dollar revolving credit facility
- Working capital and other general corporate purposes of Air Canada and its subsidiaries.
The proceeds of the revolving facility are intended to fund working capital and other general corporate purposes of Air Canada and its subsidiaries. Air Canada will review multiple funding sources when assessing the aforementioned refinancing transactions.
Closing of the senior secured credit facilities is expected to occur in the second or third week of August, subject to obtaining lender commitments, market conditions and customary closing conditions.
JPMorgan Chase Bank, Citi and TD Securities are acting as lead arrangers and active bookrunners for the senior secured credit facilities.