Interserve on brink of administration.

James Salmon, Operations Director, 11th March 2019.

Government outsourcing firm and construction group Interserve is likely to go into administration this week, with company directors saying the firm has a “mountain to climb” to avoid being toppled by its £630m debt burden.

The chain is hoping to alleviate cost pressures with a proposed deal to sell new shares. The rescue deal has been met with contention however and as a result is not certain to be accepted by shareholders. Main stakeholder Coltrane Asset Management is vociferously opposing the deal as a “terrible” proposal that would decimate investor value. Indeed, even the outsourcer’s proxy advisor Institutional Shareholder Services – which supports the plan – has acknowledged that the financing package is “not without concern for the shareholders.” Second proxy adviser Pensions and Investment Research Consultants has also come out in support of the rescue deal, “in light of [its] given necessity.” A vote on the package is scheduled for the 15th March.

EY lined up for take-over

EY has been lined up to advise Interserve if the company goes into administration, with administrators likely to sell the company for a nominal amount to its current lenders, who will then most likely sell the business off in units. The loss of underlying contracts and jobs is currently not foreseen by the board of the company, which employs 45,000 workers in the UK, including at the NHS and Foreign Office.

Outsourcer’s collapse echoes Carillon

According to company data, 70% of Interserve’s £2.9bn annual turnover comes from the government. The company’s near collapse reignites criticism for the outsourcing business model, which has faced scrutiny in recent years. The fall of giant private construction company Carillon last year in particular has underlined concerns regarding the use of private providers to fulfil contracts for public services and the poor financial practices this encourages — as companies engage in suicide bidding to secure big contracts, despite also having to pay large salaries.

Just as with the fall of Carillon, the collapse of a major outsourcer like Interserve would likely have a significant ripple effect for smaller business in the industry. To manage and mitigate the risks of an insolvency domino-effect, suppliers and other companies should seek professional credit management advice to strengthen their balance sheets and provide ample cushioning against potential loss of income posed by late client payments and broader market disruption.

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