Commenting on the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal announced by Beaconsfield Footwear Limited, Will Wright, partner at KPMG and proposed supervisor of the CVA said.
“Like so many other companies across the retail and manufacturing sectors, Hotter has been battling against a number of headwinds in recent years including fragile consumer confidence, rising costs, business rate pressures and the increasing shift to online shopping.
“The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on store footfall has further exacerbated these pressures, and has led the directors of the business to conclude that the company has no sustainable future without bringing forward its plan to reduce its bricks and mortar retail operation in order to focus on its core online and direct order operations.
“If approved, the CVA will therefore provide the business with a stable platform from which it can continue to trade over the medium to long-term.”
The CVA proposal divides the store portfolio into two categories as follows:
If the CVA is approved, Electra Private Equity plc, the Company’s ultimate parent, will provide a payment of £2m which will be used to facilitate the establishment of a Compromised Landlords’ Payment Fund.
Hotter needs to secure at least 75% creditor approval by value for the CVA for it to proceed. Detailed proposal documents will be made available to creditors via a dedicated website today. The creditors will vote on the CVA on 28 July 2020. Consultations have already taken place with key creditors and KPMG will spend the coming weeks in further talks with key creditors to ensure they understand the full detail of the proposal.
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