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IAG Share Price: BA owner to raise $3.3 billion after record losses

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Updated: 01 August 2020

Shares of IAG S.A. (LON: IAG) fell nearly 6% on Friday after the owner of British Airways confirmed it is seeking to raise $3.27 billion to weather the crisis. 

The cash is needed to survive the worst crisis that the aviation industry faced so far. The plan is supported by IAG’s biggest shareholder – Qatar Airways. 

“These are really extreme times. We’re seeing a much slower and more gradual build-up,” Chief Executive Willie Walsh told BBC.

IAG reported an operating loss before exceptional items of 1.365 billion euros for the second quarter. 

The company is operating only at 20% capacity, although it had expected to work at 50% capacity in July. 

“This is worse by any measure, by many times,” said Walsh when asked to compare the current state of play with 9/11 or the global financial crisis. 

The company, which also owns Iberia and Aer Lingus, developed a worst-case scenario that expects the full recovery to pre-coronavirus levels not before 2023. 

Following a record quarterly loss, British Airways pilots accepted a pay cut of 20% and compulsory job cuts of around 270.

IAG share price closed at 170.55p – 5.79% lower on Friday amid a record quarterly loss. As a result, the IAG stock price closed over 14% lower on the week to trade near 8-year lows set in May.

IAG share price plunges 6% on a record quarterly loss August 2020