29/04/2019.

Arcadia gets HSBC backing for supply chain

HSBC has confirmed that it will step in as a guarantor to secure the supply chain of Arcadia, in a sign of confidence as the retail group negotiates with landlords to restructure its finances. The retailer, owned by Sir Philip Green, must now pay its suppliers in advance after credit insurers withdrew their support earlier this year. Arcadia chief executive Ian Grabiner is currently in talks with landlords in hopes to alleviate some of the group’s cost burdens via a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), with bosses attempting to secure the restructuring deal as soon as next month.

Group battles to secure CVA amid creditor concerns

The news that HSBC will back Arcadia to guarantee supply chain costs comes as a boon for the company as it attempts to persuade its suppliers and other creditors to vote in favour of a CVA proposition. As part of the proposed CVA agreement, landlords have reportedly been offered a 10% stake in Arcadia in return for rent reductions.

Several creditors have nonetheless expressed reservations about accepting the deal, with some fearing that any shareholdings could be rendered worthless if the company ultimately collapses due to market pressures. In addition, landlords have complained that their voting rights regarding the deal are being marginalised due to the amount of money owed to suppliers. In total, the arrangement requires approval from 75% of creditors to pass, with landlords exposed to a financial blow from reduced rental income and terminated lease agreements.

200 stores closed as high street crisis continues

The Arcadia group, which owns high street chains including Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis, has fallen prey to the same market pressures that have led many major retailers to fold in recent months, as high street businesses struggle to keep up with shifting consumer habits. Rising rent costs have become increasingly untenable for many businesses in the brick-and-mortar retail sector, as low consumer confidence and disruption from the rise of online commerce make a substantial dent in balance sheets.

Faced with challenging market conditions, Arcadia has acted in recent years to cut rent liabilities wherever possible, closing down outlets as leases expire and shuttering more than 200 stores over the past three years. Despite this action, the retail group’s problems have persisted, with the securing of a CVA to enable more store closures and lower rents on existing leases now potentially crucial in order for the business to remain operational.

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