Bondholders move to stop sale of Virgin

Original article by Lucas Baird
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 22 : 7-Jul-20

Deloitte will oppose an application for the Takeovers Panel to halt the sale of Virgin Australia to private equity firm Bain Capital. Virgin’s bondholders want its creditors to be given an opportunity to vote on their proposal to recapitalise the failed airline; this includes a debt-for-equity swap and relisting Virgin on the sharemarket. A spokesman for Deloitte says the administrators believe that the application to the Takeovers Panel is without merit and the sale to Bain is the best outcome for all creditors.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED, BAIN CAPITAL LLC

Shareholders likely to miss out altogether from Virgin sale

Original article by Lucas Baird
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 1-Jul-20

Virgin Australia’s joint administrator Richard Hughes has advised that the failed airline’s creditors are unlikely to be repaid in full. He has also warned that Virgin’s shareholders are highly unlikely to receive any payout from its US-based private equity firm Bain Capital. Sources close to several of Virgin’s five major foreign shareholders have indicated that this outcome had been expected. Bain Capital will formally take control of Virgin on 1 July.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED, BAIN CAPITAL LLC

Bond holder bid shakes Virgin

Original article by Robyn Ironside, Damon Kitney
The Australian – Page: 13 & 17 : 25-Jun-20

Virgin Australia’s administrator Vaughan Strawbridge has been presented with a debt-for-equity proposal from about 5,500 of the failed airline’s bond holders. They would receive shares in Virgin and provide an $800m capital injection for the airline, which would remain a listed company if their proposal is accepted. The bond holders would have the option of immediately selling their shares and receiving about $0.70 for every dollar that they are owed. Bond holders contend that it is best outcome for Virgin and its employees. Strawbridge is slated to select the preferred private equity bidder within days.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED

Bidders spell out Virgin job cuts to unions

Original article by Jemima Whyte,Lucas Baird
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 4-Jun-20

Bain Capital and Cyrus Capital Partners must submit binding offers for Virgin Australia by 22 June. The two final bidders for the failed airline are under growing pressure to outline their plans for Virgin, including the likely job losses. Unions held talks with Bain and Cyrus on 3 June, and some sources have suggested that more than 20 per cent of Virgin’s employees could be retrenched. BGH Capital is said to have been looking at cutting 2,000 jobs if it had acquired Virgin.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH,BAIN CAPITAL LLC,CYRUS CAPITAL PARTNERS LP,DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED,BGH CAPITAL PTY LTD

Bain, Cyrus to battle for Virgin

Original article by Glenda Korporaal, Damon Kitney, John Durie
The Australian – Page: 13 & 16 : 3-Jun-20

Vaughan Strawbridge of Deloitte says the unsuccessful bidders for Virgin Australia could potentially team up with Bain Capital or Cyrus Capital Partners in buying the failed carrier. Bain and Cyrus must submit binding bids for Virgin by 12 June, after the final short-listed was culled from four to just two. A consortium led by BGH Capital and AustralianSuper had been regarded as a prime contender to buy Virgin, but sources have indicated that neither party is likely to seek to return to the bidding process.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, BAIN CAPITAL LLC, CYRUS CAPITAL PARTNERS LP, DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED, BGH CAPITAL PTY LTD, AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD

ANZ urges stricken firms: wind up now

Original article by James Frost
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 17 : 1-Jun-20

The ANZ’s head of retail and business banking, Mark Hand, suggests that 2021 will be a very difficult year for small businesses. He suggests that many small and medium enterprises will not recover from the COVID-19 crisis, even with loan deferrals from banks and wage subsidies from the federal government. He says the best move for some SME owners would be to wind up their business and walk away with some equity. The ANZ is worried that the recent spark of optimism resulting from a fall in new COVID-19 cases and the easing of some restrictions will result in some of its business borrowers becoming complacent.

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AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

Singapore, BGH lead Virgin race

Original article by Glenda Korporaal, Damon Kitney
The Australian – Page: 13 & 17 : 15-May-20

Deloitte’s Vaughan Strawbridge is expected to receive four serious non-binding indicative bids for Virgin Australia on 15 May. They are tipped to include a consortium that is headed by AustralianSuper and private equity firm BGH. Singapore’s Temasek will not be a member of the consortium, although it would gain indirect exposure to Virgin via its investment in BGH’s $2.5bn equity fund. Queensland government-owned QIC has ruled out making an indicative bid on 15 May, although it might join a consortium in the second round of the bidding process.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED, AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, BGH CAPITAL PTY LTD, TEMASEK HOLDINGS (PTE) LTD, QIC LIMITED

Let’s fly: state in bid to buy Virgin

Original article by Craig Johnstone
The Australian – Page: 1 : 14-May-20

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has criticised the Queensland government’s proposal to acquire a stake in Virgin Australia via the state-owned Queensland Investment Corporation. State Treasurer Cameron Dick has stressed the importance of having two sustainable national airlines, adding that his priority is to retain and create jobs for Queenslanders. The QIC is tipped to join one of the consortiums that are bidding for Virgin, and Dick says its investment could take the form of a direct equity stake, a loan, guarantee or other financial incentives.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, QUEENSLAND. TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS

Virgin headed for another disaster, warns REX boss

Original article by Tony Boyd
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 16 : 7-May-20

Regional Express’s executive chairman Lim Kim Hai says the administrator of Virgin Australia seems to merely want a quick sale of the airline. However, Lim says Deloitte’s Vaughan Strawbridge should pursue a complete restructure of Virgin, otherwise it will face more financial problems under new owners. Lim argues that amongst other things, Virgin’s "restrictive and punitive" enterprise bargaining agreements need to be rewritten, although he concedes that unions will ensure that this does not happen.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED, REGIONAL EXPRESS AIRLINES, REGIONAL EXPRESS HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX REX

Virgin bidders set to team up after talks

Original article by Patrick Durkin, Liam Walsh, Jonathan Shapiro
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 4-May-20

Virgin Australia’s administrators Deloitte stated on 30 April that 20 parties had expressed an interest in buying the failed airline. However, that number could fall to around a dozen or less, following recent talks between potential bidders about the possibility of joining forces. Private equity firm BGH is said to be in discussion with AustralianSuper about a possible deal, with Singapore’s state owned investment fund Temasek also said to be involved in their talks. Other potential bidders include US private equity fund Indigo Partners and mining magnate Andrew Forrest, with Forrest possibly teaming up with David Baxby, the former aide of Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, as Baxby and Forrest have close ties.

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VIRGIN AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX VAH, DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED, BGH CAPITAL PTY LTD, AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD, INDIGO PARTNERS LLC, TEMASEK HOLDINGS (PTE) LTD, VIRGIN GROUP LIMITED