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Jun 06, 2020 PRINT EDITION
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Thai govt cuts Thai Airways stake to below 51pc as part of restructuring plan

 The Thai Finance Ministry offloaded 69.2 million shares to a mutual fund run by state-owned Krung Thai Bank PcL. 
May 23, 2020
  • The Thai Finance Ministry offloaded 69.2 million shares to a mutual fund run by state-owned Krung Thai Bank PcL.
  • The sale reduced the Thai government stake in Thai Airways to 47.86pc from 51.03pc, ending the airline's status as a state-owned enterprise.
  • Thai Airways has been in financial trouble even before the outbreak of the coronavirus as it posted losses every year after 2012, except in 2016.

BANGKOK: The Thai government lowered its equity ownership in Thai Airways International PcL to below 51pc by selling a 3.2pc stake, a regulatory filing showed, as part of the rehabilitation process for the troubled national carrier.

The Thai Finance Ministry offloaded 69.2 million shares to a mutual fund run by state-owned Krung Thai Bank PcL, a Finance Ministry filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday showed. The filing did not disclose the sale price.

The sale reduced the Thai government stake in Thai Airways to 47.86pc from 51.03pc, ending the airline's status as a state-owned enterprise, one of the steps included in the restructuring plan of the national carrier.

Under Thai law, state-owned companies are governed by a set of management and labour regulations more rigid and restrictive than private companies.

Thailand's cabinet earlier this week approved a plan to restructure the airline's finances through a bankruptcy court after rejecting an initial plan to bail out the company through emergency loans.

The airline would continue to operate as usual while the restructuring takes place, the company said.

Thai Airways has been in financial trouble even before the outbreak of the coronavirus as it posted losses every year after 2012, except in 2016.