Boeing may be facing another crisis, a cash crunch.
Already slammed by the fallout from the 737 Max Jet crashes, reports have surfaced that the planemaker is seeking upward of $10 billion in loans to help deal with the ongoing situation.
CNBC was first to report that the company was in talks with various banks and has already secured “at least $6 billion” from the following institutions: Citigroup, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan.
On the company's October earnings conference call, former CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who has since resigned and was replaced by David Calhoun, noted that “During the quarter, we reassessed our estimate of potential considerations and other in concessions for customers for disruptions related to the 737 MAX grounding and associated delivery delays…and therefore, you can expect the impact to our cash flow to affect 2019 and beyond. We continue to see this impact to be more front-end loaded in the first few years but of course, will be dependent upon individual conversations with customers.”
Boeing ended the third quarter with $10.9 billion in cash and raised an additional $5.5 billion, which is earmarked for the joint venture with Embraer announced in 2018, the company noted in October. So while the company does have cash on hand, borrowing would provide more financial flexibility as the crisis drags on.
American Airlines and Southwest are among the U.S. carriers that continue to push back the return of the jet as the timing of regulatory approval remains fluid.
Emails to Boeing were not immediately returned to FOX Business, nor were inquiries to JPMorgan, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.
Citi declined comment.
Shares of Boeing have dropped 11 percent over the past 52 weeks, compared to a 19 percent jump for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
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