GOL refinances 1.2 billion reais of short-term debt, ending liability management program

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SÃO PAULO, September 17, 2021 / PRNewswire / – GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA (NYSE: GOL and B3: GOLL4), (“GOL” or “Company”), from Brazil largest airline, announces that it has finalized the terms and conditions of the refinancing by GLA Linhas Aéreas SA, an operational unit of the Company, of 1.2 billion reais, with a final maturity in 2024. The participating syndicate is made up of local banks in Brazil, and the transaction is subject to final approvals and execution of relevant documents.

The refinancing will end GOL’s liability management program and return the Company to its lowest level of short-term debt since 2014 (approximately 0.5 billion reais at the end of 3Q21). Through its liability management program, GOL used assets on its balance sheet to reduce short-term debt by 2.1 billion reais over the 12-month period ended June 2021. In partnership with its aircraft leasing suppliers, the Company maintained its aircraft leasing liabilities at approximately 45% of total indebtedness during the same period, with a stable IFRS16 discount rate.

GOL’s short-term debt refinancing will bring the average term of its liabilities to 3.3 years, an increase of more than two years. The use of the refinancing proceeds includes: 592 million reais applied to the remaining balance of the 7e bond issue, 528 million reais export financing lines (Finimps), and 165 million reais working capital lines of credit.

“With this transaction, the company achieved the largest balance sheet deleveraging among its peers, making it the airline with the lowest liabilities. We can now focus the vast majority of our operating cash flow on one. sustainable operational growth, “said Richard Alouette, CFO.

The transaction will also improve GOL’s credit metrics by better matching future assets and liabilities and reducing the Company’s average cost of debt. Richard Alouette added: “We are optimistic that this will be a critical catalyst in restoring GOL’s credit rating to its pre-pandemic B / B + level by the three major corporate credit rating agencies.”

The Company’s disciplined financial management throughout the pandemic strengthened its balance sheet and reduced short-term indebtedness, preserving liquidity to maintain operations. GOL has also concluded several other important initiatives to rebalance its capital structure, such as the amortization of its $ 300 million Term loan B, the issuance of US $ 500 million of Senior Secured Notes maturing in 2026, a 423 million reais capital increase led by its controlling shareholder and minority stake in its Smiles loyalty program.

The table below shows the main sources and uses in GOL’s liability management since January 2020.

Sources of funds

billion R $

Uses of funds

billion R $

Senior covered bonds maturing in 2026

2.4

Term loan B

1.6

Guaranteed financing

1.3

Guaranteed financing

1.3

Restricted species

0.6

Investment financing

0.7

Aircraft sales

0.5

Funding of working capital

0.7

Increase in capital

0.5

Import financing

0.6

Deposits

0.3

Senior bonds maturing in 2022

0.4

Other sources

0.2

Cash

0.5

TOTAL

5.8

TOTAL

5.8

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About GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes SA

GOL is from Brazil largest airline, leader in business and leisure segments. Since its establishment in 2001, it has been the airline with the lowest unit cost in Latin America, which allowed the democratization of air transport. The Company has entered into a strategic alliance with American Airlines and Air France-KLM, in addition to providing Customers with numerous codeshare and interline agreements, bringing greater convenience and ease of connections to any what location served by these partnerships. With the goal of “being the first for everyone”, GOL offers the best travel experience for its passengers, including: largest inventory of seats and most legroom; the most complete platform with internet, movies and live TV; and the best loyalty program, SMILES. In the transport of goods, GOLLOG delivers packages to different regions of Brazil and abroad. The company has a team of 15,000 highly skilled aviation professionals focused on safety, GOL’s number one value, and operates a standardized fleet of 127 Boeing 737s. GOL’s shares are traded on the NYSE (GOL) and B3 (GOLL4). For more information, visit www.voegol.com.br/ir.

Disclaimer

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