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Investors seek to block Virgin Australia’s sale


Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd bondholders asked the country’s deals regulator to let them pitch a plan to rescue the airline in an effort to derail a sale to Bain Capital LP.
Singapore-based Broad Peak Investment Advisers Pte and other bondholders told the Takeovers Panel that some elements of the Deloitte-run
auction of the airline were “unacceptable” and effectively barred a different plan from being put to creditors, the panel said in a statement on Monday.
Bain agreed to buy Virgin Australia last month in one of the biggest bets on the industry since it was hammered by the coronavirus epidemic. Unsecured bondholders were owed A$1.99 billion ($1.4 billion) when the airline collapsed in April under A$6.8 billion in debt. Deloitte said it’s not possible yet to determine how much of that debt can be recovered.
The bondholders’ plans threaten to prolong a rescue that was driven through by Deloitte before Virgin Australia ran out of cash.
The bondholders asked the panel to let them make “an
alternative proposal.” The Takeovers Panel hasn’t decided whether to conduct proceedings on the matter.
In June, Virgin Australia noteholders submitted to Deloitte a recapitalisation proposal for the airline that they said would create “a sustainable capital structure underpinned by public ownership.”

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