By James Anyanzwa and Reuters
The airline raised Sh14.48 billion from existing and new shareholders, representing a 70 per cent total subscription performance rate.
The airline seeking to raise Sh20.68 billion by floating an additional 1.5 billion new ordinary shares to the existing shareholders at a discounted price of Sh14 per share.
The proceeds of the issue will finance part of the airline’s 10-year ambitious growth and expansion strategy whose total cost is estimated at $3.6 billion (Sh306 billion).
The funds will be used to purchase new planes ahead of a planned routes and flights expansion.
KQ’s ambitious programme, which is scheduled for completion in 2021, will include fleet expansion and growth of destinations.
Under this strategy KQ will increase its passenger fleet from 34 aircrafts last year to 107 in 2021 and grow its freighter fleet by 12 aircraft in a similar period.
The airline will also increase its destinations from 55 to 115 destinations with increased focus China, India, and African markets.
On Friday, the airline’s shares, one of Africa’s leading airlines, fell as much as 3.0 per cent to Sh14 on news of the under-subscription.
“The fact that the rights issue was undersubscribed is not a good sign for investors. It means that they may have to cut their plans or borrow more in the future,” said Mwenda Rarama, an analyst at Kingdom Securities.
“If they going to borrow more through another rights issue, we’re looking at further dilution.”