Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air detail expected aid under CARES Act

Alaska Airlines has announced Alaska Air and Horizon Air have agreed with the US Treasury regarding general terms in their participation in the Payroll Support Program (PSP) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the company said.

The airlines are currently working through the detailed agreements necessary before the Treasury will disburse funds and expect to finalize those agreements later this week.

The program will provide Alaska and Horizon with a total of USD 992 million, to be used exclusively for the cost of employee payroll and benefits. The funding is expected to cover about 70% of budgeted costs through Sept. 30, 2020, and was based on similar costs reported by the airlines for the period of April through September 2019.

Of the USDU 992 million in funding to be disbursed under the PSP, USD 267 million will be in the form of a loan and must be repaid to the government. Additionally, the Treasury will receive the right to buy 847,000 non-voting shares of Alaska Air Group at a price of USD 31.61/share.

Under this program, Alaska also agreed to additional conditions such as no involuntary furloughs or changes to rates of pay through Sept. 30, 2020, continued suspension of dividends and share repurchases until Sept. 30, 2021, limits on executive compensation through March 24, 2022, and continuation of service as reasonable and practicable under a Department of Transportation rule.

Alaska and Horizon also communicated to the Treasury their intent to apply for USD 1.128 billion in federal loans through a separate program authorized under the CARES Act. This process is still ongoing. Funds loaned to Alaska and Horizon through this program will support short-term liquidity needs and must be paid back in full.