The Unraveling Begins—Boeing To Drawdown Full $13.8 Billion Revolver, Hinting At Bank Lending Freeze

Moments ago Boeing suggested that a similar moment is coming again: according to Bloomberg, the struggling aerospace giant which just a few weeks ago obtained an upsized revolver from various Wall Street sources to shore up its liquidity in the aftermath of the 737 MAX crisis, was planning to draw down the full amount of a $13.825 billion loan as early as Friday.

Why is Boeing taking this unprecedented step: after all, the cash is already committed and is far safer if held on bank balance sheets instead of Boeing’s? According to Bloomberg, the full drawdown takes place as Boeing grapples with worldwide travel disruptions from the coronavirus, and “plans to draw the rest of the loan as a precaution due to market turmoil.”