United and Delta already both own pieces of Brazilian airlines, with Delta holding 16 percent of Gol and United with 5 percent of Azul. But both apparently see more opportunity in South America, which makes sense considering Latin American carriers have lagged the rest of the world in profits in recent years. There’s probably more upside in the region than elsewhere. — Brian Sumers
Avianca Holdings SA is studying options including the sale of a controlling stake and is set to receive bids next week from suitors including Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc., people familiar with the matter said. The offers, due by Nov. 9, may include about $500 million in new capital for Bogota-based Avianca, plus a purchase of common stock from current shareholders, said the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. Copa Holdings SA also is expected to present a bid.
Avianca would consider offers for a controlling stake, the people said. Alternatively, control of the airline may end up being divided among the new bidder, the Efromovich brothers, and Kingsland Holdings Ltd., a partner in the current control group. Kingsland is controlled by the Kriete family, which combined Taca, a Central American airline, with Avianca in 2010.
Colombia’s Semana magazine had reported Oct. 29 that the Efromovich brothers wouldn’t be willing to sell control, with bidders instead set to reach a 30 percent to 40 percent stake. Avianca, with a market value of about $800 million, carried 58 percent of Colombia’s domestic passengers this year through August.
The potential Avianca deal is unfolding at the same time as the Efromovich brothers have faced challenges on another front. Their Oceanair Linhas Aereas SA, which operates as Brazilian airline Avianca Brasil, missed more than $4 million in lease payments on an Airbus Group SE A330 jetliner, according to a lawsuit filed by Wells Fargo & Co.
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