Budget carrier SpiceJet is said to be in active talks with a middle eastern aviation company for a possible sale of stake, multiple reports said on Wednesday, August 3. The big middle eastern company has expressed its interest to buy 24 per cent stake at SpiceJet and get a seat at the board of the company, the report said.
As per reports by ET Now and CNBC TV18, SpiceJet is also in talks with a large Indian conglomerate, which has approached the carrier’s promoter Ajay Singh for a stake sale. Singh, who currently holds 60 per cent stake at SpiceJet, is exploring possibilities of a partial sale of the same.
“The company continues to be in discussions with various investors to secure sustainable financing,” a SpiceJet spokesperson was quoted as saying by CNBC TV18. The spokesperson further added that the company will make “appropriate disclosures in accordance with applicable regulations”.
Shares of SpiceJet soared 4.05 per cent to scale Rs 46.20 during early trade on Wednesday, data on BSE showed. The stock opened at Rs 44.40 on the day, before settling to Rs 46.20 while writing this article. On NSE, SpiceJet shares were up by 4.06 per cent to stand at Rs 46.15. As of now, SpiceJet stocks have rallied almost 6 per cent on the back of the news, as per market data.
On August 2, too, the stock of SpiceJet soared 5 per cent after it announced that the carrier had entered into an agreement with the Airports Authority of India (AAI), and had cleared all its outstanding principal dues to the airport regulator. “With this, SpiceJet will no longer remain on ‘cash and carry’ at AAI-run airports across the country and will revert to advance payment mechanism for daily flight operations,” SpiceJet said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Centre-run AAI had in 2020 put SpiceJet on a ‘cash and carry’ basis as the carrier was unable to clear its previous dues. In the ‘cash and carry’ model, the airline has to make daily payments to the AAI for various charges — navigation, landing, parking, and others — to operate flights.
Aviation regulator DGCA had on July 27 ordered SpiceJet to operate not more than 50 per cent of its flights, which were approved for summer schedule, for a period of eight weeks. On July 6, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had issued a show-cause notice to SpiceJet following at least eight incidents of technical malfunction in its aircraft since June 19.
SpiceJet has been making losses for the last four years. It incurred net losses of Rs 316 crore, Rs 934 crore and Rs 998 crore in 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21, respectively. In the April-December period of 2021, the airline posted a net loss of Rs 1,248 crore. The airline is yet to declare results for January-March period of 2022.