– La compañía de cruceros reafirma su posición sólida para resistir los impactos del COVID-19 tras completar estas transacciones
MIAMI (6 de mayo del 2020) – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH), ha anunciado hoy que ha logrado asegurar una liquidez adicional de $2 mil millones de dólares para afrontar el impacto que la pandemia global del COVID-19 ha provocado en la industria de los cruceros y que ha llevado a la suspensión voluntaria de sus viajes; lo cual le permitirá protegerse en caso de un posible nuevo escenario a la baja.
La compañía anunció ayer martes la activación de una serie de transacciones en los mercados de capitales, lideradas por la empresa Goldman Sachs, para recaudar aproximadamente $2 mil millones de dólares. Desde entonces, la transacción se ha incrementado a ingresos brutos de $2.225 millones de dólares ($2.400 millones de dólares si los aseguradores ejercen sus opciones de asignación total), debido a la excesiva suscripción y la demanda en las tres ofertas. Las transacciones consistieron en: (1) oferta pública de $400 millones de dólares en acciones ordinarias; (2) oferta de pagarés senior intercambiables de $750 millones de dólares; (3) oferta de notas garantizadas senior de $675 millones de dólares y (4) inversión privada de $400 millones de dólares de la firma global de capital privado centrada en el consumidor L Catterton.
Contingente a la finalización de las transacciones, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. espera tener aproximadamente $3.500 millones de dólares de liquidez. Estas operaciones permitirán fortalecer significativamente la posición financiera y la base de liquidez de la compañía, con lo que espera mantener una posición sólida para afrontar posibles escenarios negativos como la suspensión de sus viajes por más de 12 meses. Si bien es cierto que se esperan expectativas más alentadoras, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. ha optado por adoptar acciones rápidas y proactivas para proteger sus operaciones en el futuro, dado a la incertidumbre en torno la pandemia global del COVID-19 y la duración que ésta podía tener. Una vez que se completen todas las transacciones, la liquidez adicional contribuirá a mejorar la capacidad de la compañía para continuar operando en los próximos 12 meses.
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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH) es una compañía de cruceros líder a nivel mundial que opera las marcas Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises y Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Con una flota compuesta por 28 barcos con una capacidad para aproximadamente 59,150 camas, estas marcas ofrecen itinerarios a más de 490 destinos en todo el mundo. La compañía incorporará nueve barcos adicionales con fechas de entrega de aquí al año 2027.
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