LONDON (Reuters) – Rolls-Royce
plans to raise a total of 5 billion pounds ($6.5 billion), including 2 billion from shareholders, to cope with a “worst case scenario” as the coronavirus travel crisis crushes the British engine maker’s cashflow.
Airlines pay Rolls based on how many hours its engines fly in their larger jets and worries over a long-haul travel slump have knocked more than 80% off its shares this year, reducing its market value to just 2.5 billion pounds.
Rolls, whose engines power the Boeing 787 and Airbus 350, said in May it would cut 9,000 jobs as a result of the pandemic and its finances have come under intense scrutiny, which its chief executive said should end with Thursday’s plan.
“This is a comprehensive package which will take any liquidity questions off the table through this crisis,” CEO Warren East told reporters on a call.
“We wanted this package