Booking Holdings moves to support financial position into 2021 with capital-raising program

PhocusWire | April 09, 2020

Booking Holdings says bookings have decreased by more than 85% year-on-year. In an update on the impact of COVID-19 on current trading, the online travel company says it believes the impact on the current quarter, ending June 30, will be greater than the situation in the first quarter of 2020. Booking Holdings also talks about a number of steps taken around supporting its financial position including an offering of senior notes, which is expected to raise $3.23 billion, as well as an offering of convertible senior notes to net an additional $735 million. The proceeds will go towards "general corporate purposes which may include the repayment of debt." The company says that even before the announced external financing, it believes if current business volumes stay the same, it can meet “operational and other needs… through at least the end of 2021.”

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Spotlight

The travel industry is at an inflection point as it recovers
from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The confluence of a shift in consumer mindset, recognition of travel
and tourism as an economic driver, and more robust acknowledgment on Wall Street of compatibility between
profit and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
standards, creates the optimal time to focus on a more
sustainable future.

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