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Hertz on track to exit bankruptcy

Published:Friday | June 11, 2021 | 12:14 AM
A closed Hertz car rental service.
A closed Hertz car rental service.

Hertz will likely emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by the end of the month after a bankruptcy court confirmed the reorganisation plan for the beleaguered car rental company.

Hertz Global Holdings Inc, which filed for bankruptcy protection in May 2020, said Thursday that its plan will eraser more than US$5 billion in debt and provide more than US$2.2 billion in liquidity. Creditors will be paid in full and existing shareholders will receive more than US$1 billion in value.

Hertz was among the first major corporations to be felled by the pandemic last year as infections surged and shut down travel on a global scale for both companies and vacationers.

It announced in March that it might sell a controlling stake in the company to two investment firms for US$4.2 billion. Knighthead Capital Management and Certares Opportunities would have the chance to buy the entire reorganised car rental company, but no less than a majority of its shares.

The proposed investment, combined with a new US$1 billion first-lien financing, a new US$1.5 billion revolving credit facility, and a new asset-backed securitisation facility to finance its US vehicle fleet, was eyed as a way to provide the funding needed for the company to complete its restructuring.

Hertz’s emergency from bankruptcy protection comes at a time when Americans are getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and eager to start travelling again. Demand for car rentals is surging, and with limited supply, prices are skyrocketing.

The Florida company runs the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty vehicle rental brands throughout North America, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.