Carnival to Raise $1.26 Billion in Debt for COVID-19 Relief

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July 15, 2020

The Grand Princess cruise ship carrying passengers who have tested positive for coronavirus arrives past the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, California, U.S. March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Fred Greaves

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July 15 (Reuters) – Carnival Corp is planning to raise about $1.26 billion in a bond offering, the beleaguered cruise operator said Wednesday as it struggles to stay afloat after the COVID-19 pandemic impacted its business.

The bond offering is split into a $775 million tranche paying an annual coupon of 10.5%, and 425 million euro-tranche ($484.93 million) paying 10.125%.

The senior secured notes are due 2026, with the offering expected to close on July 20, Carnival said.

Carnival said the notes will be secured by a second-priority lien, a lower priority of repayment in case of bankruptcy or liquidation of assets. The cruise business is one of the worst hit from the pandemic and many cruise operators have been forced to raise billions through various means, even by pledging ships and private islands.

Carnival has raised over $10 billion through a series of financing transactions since its voyages were paused, enough to withstand another full year in a zero-revenue scenario, Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald had said earlier this month.

A number of U.S. companies, including Macy’s Inc are also pledging their assets and properties to raise money and clear debt as businesses reopen after a long government mandated lockdown. ($1 = 0.8764 euros) (Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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