Lufthansa shareholders on Tuesday agreed to not distribute 298 million euros ($323 million) in retained income as a dividend for 2019, because the airline enters the ultimate stretch of negotiations for a 10 billion euro bailout.
Lufthansa must be rescued after coronavirus journey bans compelled the German group to floor 700 of its plane, resulting in a 99% drop in passenger numbers and inflicting the group to lose about 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in liquidity reserves per hour.
Some 10,000 shareholders adopted the assembly on-line, representing 33.19% of the share capital, Lufthansa stated.
The service, which is getting ready to restart passenger flights slowly from June, is at present in talks with the German, Austrian, Swiss and Belgian authorities a few roughly 10 billion euro bailout. Chief Government Carsten Spohr stated that he anticipated to clinch a cope with Germany shortly.
“Our focus is on stabilising Lufthansa in its present kind and never on buying different airways. We’re not planning a takeover presently,” he stated, including that consolidation amongst European airways will decelerate because of authorities bailouts.
Lufthansa’s rescue deal is predicted to offer Germany a 25.1% stake within the airline in addition to supervisory board illustration, individuals near the matter stated.
Individually, Lufthansa is predicted to obtain about 5 billion euros in non-voting capital in addition to roughly three billion in state-backed loans, they added.
The precise measurement of the rescue deal in addition to the doable contribution from Switzerland, Austria and Belgium continues to be unclear, the sources stated.
Spohr is predicted to go to Brussels this week, in keeping with Belgian each day L’Echo. The airline is looking for 290 million euros in monetary assist from the Belgian state. In change, Belgium desires ensures on the way forward for Brussels Airways and the event of the Brussels airport.
Spohr stated that regardless of the bailout the German authorities was not all in favour of taking an lively position within the firm, after he had earlier warned about doable state interference.
Klaus Schmidt, head of the council of financial advisers to the federal financial system ministry, stated at a ministry briefing on Tuesday, that the federal government shouldn’t weigh into discussions, for instance, on whether or not Lufthansa’s Germanwings division must be shuttered.
To cut back its money outflows, Lufthansa — which is taking a 2020 hit of about 1 billion euros from crude oil hedging — stated on the assembly that it had requested Airbus and Boeing to postpone plane deliveries.
Lufthansa is sticking to its plan to promote its catering actions, Spohr stated, including that additional asset gross sales weren’t deliberate and a possible itemizing of its Lufthansa Technik enterprise would at present solely be doable at an enormous low cost.