Rolls-Royce says shareholders positive on $6.5 billion funding package

FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A350 is pictured with a Rolls-Royce logo at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France December 4, 2014. REUTERS/ Regis Duvignau/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British engine-maker Rolls-Royce RR.L said a 5 billion pound ($6.47 billion) funding package announced on Thursday will take liquidity questions off the table and that conversations with shareholders about the rights issue had been positive.

“We have had a number of shareholder meetings, which have been constructive, and I think generally positive,” Rolls’s CFO Stephen Daintith told reporters on Thursday.

“Ultimately we think we’ve got a compelling package here for shareholders to vote on.”

Chief Executive Warren East added: “This is a comprehensive package which will take any liquidity questions off the table through this crisis.”

Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Kate Holton