Liquidation Saves The Business

The situation

A small chain of café’s was in serious difficulties seeking to compete with the likes of Starbucks. Although the business model was viable the first cafe had been opened in the wrong place and was causing a severe drain on the business. The company had consulted another firm of insolvency practitioners who had advised them to immediately place the company into administration. One of the company’s property advisors was concerned about the effect on the leases and asked Clive to look at the position. It was immediately clear that the leases were far more valuable outside of an administration and that the landlords needed to be onside.

What we did

Over a period of months we negotiated payment schemes with the landlords and other creditors which gave the company time to be able to assign its leases without breaching any covenants due to insolvency and obtain full value. As part of this a franchise arrangement was set up with a purchaser to preserve the company trading name and providing an income stream.

The result

Once all the leases had been assigned the company was placed into members voluntary liquidation with a substantial return to shareholders who also had the benefit of the franchise income. Shareholders who were facing substantial losses and calls on personal guarantees instead received a dividend on their shares.

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