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Debt and coronavirus push Hertz into bankruptcy protection

Added 05-23-20 12:03:02am EST - “Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, unable to withstand the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled global travel and with it, the heavily indebted 102-year-old car rental company's business.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Debt and coronavirus push Hertz into bankruptcy protection”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, unable to withstand the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled global travel and with it, the heavily indebted 102-year-old car rental company’s business.

The Estero, Florida-based company’s lenders were unwilling to grant it another extension on its auto lease debt payments past a Friday deadline, triggering the filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.

Hertz and its subsidiaries will continue to operate, according to a release from the company. Hertz’s principal international operating regions and franchised locations are not included in the filing, the statement said.

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Starting in mid-March, the company - whose car-rental bands also include Dollar and Thrifty - lost all revenue when travel shut down due to the coronavirus, and it started missing payments in April. Hertz has also been plagued by management upheaval, naming its fourth CEO in six years on May 18.

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