Ann Summers threatens landlords with a CVA

1 September 2020

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Ann Summers moots a CVA

Rumours have it that lingerie and sex toy retailer, Ann Summers is poised to launch a CVA following increased losses in its latest financial report.

Jacqueline Gold, CEO of the company said the company may opt for a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) as some landlords refused to work in partnership, even when the owning family injected cash for the business to stay afloat. Landlords have also been said to be just ‘’burying their heads in the sand’’.

The most recent financial report showed losses to go from £3 million to £16 million and business rates and property costs are only expected to rise next year.

Ann Summers are no stranger to the rescue mechanism - last year they won better property terms from its landlords on most of its 100-store estate, with just a few refusing to be flexible. 95 of its stores stayed secure but the other five were earmarked for closure.

Ann Summers saw a surge in online orders this year but given many of the stores had to close during the lockdown. They are unsure whether trade will resume at the same levels in future. 

The CVA mechanism has become increasingly popular amongst retailers as they look to slash property costs due to reduced footfall and closures.

Categories: Retail, CVA

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