March 28, 2018 / 4:16 PM / 10 months ago

Italian state lender willing to consider Alitalia investment

An Alitalia passenger aircraft takes off at Fiumicino International Airport in Rome, Italy January 15, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian state lender CDP is willing to sit down with a potential buyer of loss-making airline Alitalia to discuss a possible financial partnership, but only within the company’s limits, CDP Chairman Claudio Costamagna said on Wednesday.

Germany’s Lufthansa (LHAG.DE), British low-cost carrier easyJet (EZJ.L) and U.S. private equity fund Cerberus are among parties that have expressed interest in Alitalia, which was put under special administration last year after staff rejected a plan to cut jobs and salaries.

Separately, CDP’s CEO Fabio Gallia said the state lender was ready, if necessary, to take a stake in Italian steel plant Ilva, which is the target of a 1.8 billion euro bid by the world’s largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal (MT.AS).

Reporting by Paola Arosio and Luca Trogni, writing by Agnieszka Flak, editing by Valentina Za

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