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Stelios Haji-Ioannou Stake In easyJet Diluted Below 30% By Fundraise

Tue, 30th Jun 2020 14:58

(Alliance News) - easyJet PLC on Tuesday said that a 2014 relationship agreement with founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou has been terminated after Haji-Ioannou's stake in the company dropped below 30% following a fundraise by the low-cost airline.

"As a result of the non-pre-emptive placing announced on June 24, 2020, the Haji-Ioannou concert party no longer holds 30% or more of the issued share capital of the company," easyJet said.

The FTSE 250-listed company said an agreement between it and Haji-Ioannou's vehicle easyGroup under controlling shareholder rules now has been terminated.

easyJet on Thursday last week said it had raised GBP419 million through a placing to enhance its liquidity position and strengthen its balance sheet.

The Haji-Ioannou family's stake in easyJet was diluted to 29.9% from 32.9% by the issue of new shares, a separate statement from easyJet showed.

Back in May, all four resolutions by Haji-Ioannou to remove the company's senior executives, including its chair and chief executive, were voted down by fellow shareholders. Haji-Ioannou has been harshly critical of easyJet's GBP4.5 billion aircraft order from manufacturer Airbus SE, something he has said the company cannot afford amid the Covid-19 downturn in travel.

Shares in easyJet were down 1.3% at 677.80 pence on Tuesday in London. The stock has more than halved so far this year.

By Tapan Panchal; tapanpanchal@alliancenews.com

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