Colombia

The fiscal fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices could affect Colombia for several years, Richard Francis, director of sovereign ratings at ratings agency Fitch, said on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Colombia’s government predicts the usually healthy economy will contract 5.5% this year. The country has suspended its fiscal deficit limits for 2020 and 2021 and issued billions in bonds as unemployment rises and businesses close during a months-long quarantine.

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Latin America’s No. 2 carrier Avianca Holdings reported a $121 million loss for the first quarter late on Monday, accounting for just two weeks of severe impact from the coronavirus crisis, Reuters reported. The airline was the first in the region to file for bankruptcy protection in the United States and spent a full three months grounded without operating any regular flights. It has since restarted some operations in Ecuador, but its hubs in Colombia, El Salvador and Peru remain closed.

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Passenger revenue at Latin America’s No. 2 airline, Avianca Holdings, has fallen 51% for the year as of early June compared with a year ago, the carrier said, in a look into the dire financial toll that the coronavirus has taken on the company, Reuters reported. Colombia-based Avianca was the first airline in the region to file for bankruptcy protection, after the coronavirus added financial strain to the already weak carrier. The revenue figure shows just how bad second-quarter results are likely to be for Latin America’s airlines.

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Latin American countries should quicken steps for airlines to renew domestic flights no later than July before more companies are forced to declare bankruptcy or close, a high-ranking official of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday, Reuters reported. The trade group estimated losses for airlines in Latin America at $4 billion this year, with total losses for the industry expected to reach $84 billion globally. Latin America has imposed stricter travel restrictions than most regions to fight coronavirus.

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Shares of Avianca Holdings Inc fell sharply on the Bogota stock exchange on Tuesday after a New York court approved initial motions in the Colombia-based airline’s bankruptcy case, Reuters reported. Many airlines have been forced to suspend flights since March in the wake of quarantine measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Avianca filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York on Sunday after failing to meet a bond payment deadline and as its pleas for assistance from Colombia’s government over the coronavirus crisis were met with a tepid response.

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Avianca Holdings SA expects the Colombian government to play a key role in its restructuring efforts after widespread travel bans forced it to declare bankruptcy, according to court documents, Bloomberg News reported. Latin America’s second-largest air carrier, which filed for Chapter 11 protection Sunday, said that due to its importance in the Colombian domestic air travel network, the government “may be one of the key stakeholders” as it reorganizes.

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Avianca Holdings, Latin America’s second-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy on Sunday, after failing to meet a bond payment deadline, while its pleas for coronavirus aid from Colombia’s government have so far been unsuccessful, Reuters reported. If it fails to come out of bankruptcy, Bogota-based Avianca would be one of the first major carriers worldwide to go under as a result of the pandemic, which has crippled world travel. Avianca has not flown a regularly scheduled passenger flight since late March and most of its 20,000 employees have gone without pay through the crisis.

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The number of companies filing for protection under Colombia’s insolvency law could nearly double in the coming months because of fall-out from its coronavirus lockdown, the head of the country’s companies regulator said, Reuters reported. The Superintendency of Companies has modified insolvency rules, which allow debtors to renegotiate their obligations with creditors so they can continue operating and avoid bankruptcy.

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Colombian flag carrier Avianca Holdings is making progress with a restructuring plan for its finances that will keep it in the air without having to take measures such as declaring bankruptcy or insolvency, company executives said on Wednesday. Over the course of the restructuring, which began last year, the company will divest its non‐core activities and simplify its fleet to improve profits and leave behind a financial crisis that arose in 2019, Reuters reported. “The company’s financial situation has turned 180 degrees.

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Avianca Holdings SA said yesterday that it reached agreements with creditors and secured fresh financing, completing a restructuring of its debt that will free up cash as it pursues a turnaround plan, Bloomberg News reported. The Bogota-based carrier received approval from major creditors with whom it had been negotiating since June, when it began to defer principal payments and announced a “re-profiling” of its debt. The company said it secured extensions of bank lines, letters of credit, and other agreements with more than 125 creditors and suppliers.
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