Equity firm targets Virgin Media

Virgin Media, the UK's leading cable television company, is set to be taken private for more than £5.5bn.

Carlyle, one of the world's leading private equity groups, has made a preliminary offer of between $33 (£16.50) to $35 per share for Virgin.

Shares in Virgin, which is listed on the US Nasdaq rather than in London, closed on Friday at $24.37 per share.

Sir Richard Branson is the largest investor in Virgin Media, which has 9m customers and a £4bn annual turnover.

The offer would value Virgin at approximately £5.6bn.

The total value of the takeover deal, including Virgin's debt of almost £6bn, would be about £11.5bn.

If it goes through, it would be the second biggest takeover of a British business by private equity, after Boots.

View: BBC News

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