Finnair has revealed that its rights issue – which was slightly oversubscribed – has raised just over €570 million ($620 million) in gross proceeds, including a €318 million commitment from the Finnish government.

Net proceeds from the issue are around €558 million.

The carrier had disclosed plans for a new share issue in October, intending to use the proceeds to repay a capital loan and cut financing costs.

Provisional results from the offering, which closed on 17 November, indicate demand for just over 19 billion shares – of which 95% came from exercise of subscription rights.

The Finnish government’s contribution will offset an equivalent sum from a capital loan and, as a result, will not generate gross cash proceeds for the airline.

Of the total net figure raised, around €240 million will be cash. The carrier says that, along with lower financing costs, the share issue will reinforce its position and help support its strategic efforts to reach sustainable profitability.

Finnair’s overall share circulation will increase to about 20.4 billion.


Source: Finnair

Finnair conducted the share issue to repay loans and cut its financing costs