Sources: Hertz Is Exploring Options for Raising Financing

A Hertz rental car location in Berkeley, Calif. Hertz’s shares hit a record low in April after it reported a loss that was nearly three times worse than analysts expected. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

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Hertz Global Holdings is exploring options to raise financing weeks after the company’s new CEO, Gil West, pledged to get it back on track following a failed bet on electric vehicles, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The car rental company is working with financial advisers as it weighs its options, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing confidential information. It wasn’t immediately known if Hertz is pursuing new equity, debt or a mix of both.

A Hertz representative declined to comment.

The company’s bonds hit a new low this week after Moody’s Ratings cut its outlook to negative from stable, citing Hertz’s “very weak earnings.” The rating company said “improvement in earnings will be very protracted, leaving little cushion for missteps in the execution of the earnings enhancing measures, nor for Hertz to deal with any additional challenges.”

Hertz’s shares hit a record low in April after it reported a loss that was nearly three times worse than analysts expected as it accelerated sales of electric vehicles to reduce its fleet of Tesla Inc. models that have weighed on profits for the past year.

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