The AA to raise £935m for debt repayment plan

 
Adam Hignett
The AA has helped members for 110 years (Source: Getty)
The AA announced plans to raise £935m yesterday in a bid to pay off debts and reduce interest payments at the motoring organisation.

The 110-year-old company plans to raise £200m in equity through a placing and a further £735m in a bond issue.

The restructuring will involve the refinancing of £655m class B notes and the red­emp­tion of the AA’s £175m so-called PIK (Payment in Kind) notes – an expensive form of debt. The money will also be used to repay £209m of its £663m senior debt facility.

It was left with £3bn net debt following its separation from Saga in 2013.

Since then, the company has gradually reduced the pile, with the latest refinancing helping to cut £655m.

The process is expected to see annual interest payments at the company fall to £135m, leaving it room for dividend payments in 2016.

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