Moscow. October 21. The S7 group has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in the airline company “Transaero” with the aim of maintaining assets prior to joining the bankruptcy Trustee under the bankruptcy of the carrier, said Director General of LLC “Aviakapital service” the novel Pahomov (member of the Board of Directors of “Aeroflot”).
“The idea maybe is to keep control of the airline before the bankruptcy Trustee in the bankruptcy. To keep something,” said Pakhomov.
He recalled that S7 in 2010 helped Alfa-Bank, actually saved the carrier. Then, the Bank has provided credit line S7 8.9 bn for debt refinancing. The provision became the controlling stock “Siberia”. In addition, representatives of the Bank 2 of 9 seats on the Board of Directors of the carrier.
Currently Alfa-Bank is one of creditors of “Transaero” and the second Bank, which went to court with the statement for bankruptcy “Transaero”.
“If S7 says about the buy, probably, they are ready to subsidize the transportation “Transaero” at least until the time the certificate of the operator. The new management must find the resources to ensure operating costs “Transaero”. They, apparently, and the General Director “Transaero” will change. If so is it, at “Aeroflot” there are no reasons to pay current liabilities “Transaero” – and he calmly recede, followed by the presentation of their claims for compensation for the costs incurred”, – said Pakhomov.
Now the S7 group – the majority shareholder “Siberia”, it owns 71,34% of the company, follows from the data base “SPARK-Interfax”. 25.5% of shares owned by spouses Filev, although a source close to the government of the Russian Federation, says that the spouse in control of the whole group. Except “Siberia” the group is composed of airline “Globus”, a tourist service company, a sales system under the brand S7.
As previously reported, the airline “Transaero” has accumulated excessive debts and having the fleet in September was in the verge of bankruptcy, forcing the state to look for options to save her. It was assumed that 75% + 1 share of the carrier will be sold to Aeroflot for 1 ruble, but shareholders “Transaero” were not able to consolidate the required stake. As a result “Aeroflot” has refused the offer, and statements of relevant officials was to ensure that the option of bankruptcy of the airline seems to be the only one possible.
However, on Tuesday it became known that the owner of PJSC “Airline “Siberia” (enters into group S7) Vladislav Filev has signed a purchase agreement for the husband of the former CEO and the co-owner of JSC “AK Transaero” Olga Pleshakov Alexander Pleshakova “not less than 51% of actions “Transaero”.
On Wednesday, the Federal air transport Agency reported that the certificate of the operator “Transaero” will be cancelled on October 26.