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Flybe rescued by Virgin in cut-price takeover deal

Flybe rescued by Virgin in cut-price takeover deal

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A takeover has been agreed of the troubled regional airline Flybe in a £2.2m deal by a consortium led by Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic. The move, previously revealed by Sky News' Mark Kleinman, offers just 1p per share, significantly less than the company's closing price of 16.38p on Thursday.Shares were 90% down on market opening, reflecting the massive markdown in the value of the company.The consortium, which includes Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital Partners, will form a new airline group.Flybe will combine with Stobart Airways in a joint venture called Connect Airways.Cyrus will own 40% of the new company, while Virgin and Stobart will each take a 30% share.Under the deal, the three firms will also provide a £20m bridge loan to Flybe and £80m of furt...