Insolvencies climb in 2018.


UK company insolvencies rose 19.3% in Q3 2018, data from the Insolvency Service shows.

A total of 4,308 businesses entered insolvency between July and September, with the construction industry seeing the highest number across all sectors.

Moore Stephens’ Duncan Swift commented: “The recent slowdown in the economy is now leading to more business closures rather than just business restructuring.” He added that many small firms are “struggling to stay in operation as they are unable to cover what might only be short term gaps in their order books.”

Companies in 2018

The underlying number of company insolvencies increased in 2018 to 16,090, the highest level since 2014.

17,439 companies entered insolvency in 2018, a rise of 0.7% on 2017. Total liquidations fell by 0.5% to 15,618; this consisted of an increase of 11.1% in compulsory liquidatons to 3,117 and a decrease in creditors voluntary liquidations (CVLs) of 3.0% to 12,501.

There were 1,349 bulk insolvencies in 2018, roughly half as many as in 2017. Excluding bulk insolvencies, there were 16,090 insolvencies in 2018, a 10.0% increase on 2017.

Excluding bulk insolvencies there were 11,152 CVLs (69.3% of total company insolvencies), 3,117 compulsory liquidations (19.4%), 1,464 administrations (9.1%), 356 company voluntary arrangements (CVAs, 2.2%) and 1 receivership.

Excluding bulk insolvencies, underlying company liquidations increased by 9.7% to 14,269 with CVLs increasing by 9.3%. This was the highest yearly total for company liquidations since 2013.

Compared with 2017, administrations in 2018 increased by 11.2%, and CVAs increased by 16.0%.

The estimated underlying liquidation rate in 2018 was 1 company liquidation per 249 of active companies, up from 1 in 264 in 2017.

All types of company insolvency increased in 2018 compared with 2017 except administrative receivership.

People in 2018

Total insolvencies increased for the third consecutive year to 115,299, the highest since 2011.

This was primarily driven by increases in individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs) which reached their highest annual total on record.

The number of people who became insolvent in England and Wales in 2018 was 115,299, a 16.2% rise on 2017 and the highest annual level of individual insolvencies since 2011.

There were 71,034 IVAs in 2018, an increase of 19.9% on 2017 and the highest annual level recorded.

There were 27,683 Debt Relief Orders (DROs) in 2018, which was a increase of 11.2% compared with 2017.

There were 16,582 bankruptcy orders in 2018, a 9.8% increase on 2017. Orders on the application of the debtor increased by 10.0%, while those on the petition of the creditor increased 9.1%.

IVAs were the most common insolvency procedure. Of the 115,299 people who became insolvent in 2018, 61.6% used an IVA, 24.0% used a DROs and 14.4% entered bankruptcy.

The year-end insolvency rate increased. 1 in 401 adults became insolvent in 2018, up from 1 in 466 in 2017.

Latest quarter (Q4 2018)

Total individual insolvencies increased to their highest level since Q2 2010 due to IVAs rising to a record high quarterly level.

Company insolvencies increased due to a bulk insolvency event; excluding these bulk insolvencies, the underlying number of company insolvencies in Q4 2018 decreased from the previous quarter.

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