Kingfisher gets $163.5m in investment offers: Paper

Posted on March 5, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Debt-ladden Kingfisher Airlines has received recapitalisation offers worth Rs 8 billion from two Indian investors, the Times of India said on Saturday, citing the carrier's Chairman Vijay Mallya.

The investors would get a combined 24% stake in the airline if the deal succeeds, the report said citing Mallya. Desperately strapped for cash, Kingfisher stands on the brink of collapse after nearly a week of flight cancellations and resignations by dozens of its pilots.Kingfisher has not turned a profit since it was founded in 2005 and is carrying a debt burden of at least USD 1.3 billion.Its revenue has been in decline since the end of last year. Staff are not being paid and tax bills remain outstanding.

"There's a deal offer from two Indian investors to recapitalise. We have their termsheets," the report quoted Mallya as saying.

"They are large investors and I would leave it there."

Valued about USD 245.4 million by the stock market, shares in Kingfisher Airlines fell 4.35% on Friday to Rs 24.20 in a weak Mumbai market.

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