Comet to go into administration next week

1 November 2012

The suppliers of Comet are reportedly putting pressure on the company to pay in advance for its Christmas stock.  This is because they have been unable to get adequate credit insurance.  If the suppliers refuse to supply then simply the company cannot trade. This is what finally brought Woolworths to its knees.

We hear that the company has told staff that it intends to go into administration next week

The owners, OpCapita who bought the company for £2 but were effectively "paid" £50m to take it off Kesa's hands, have been stopping the slide in sales and have cut costs by reducing staff levels from 8,000 to 6,000.  This has prompted OpCapita to seek a sale of the business which has prompted the suppliers  action.  Administration is not inevitable but with little interest so far, it may be the only way that the business can continue to trade.

The retailer could have gone into a CVA which would have allowed it to shut down its poorly performing stores, always assuming that its creditors would have supported such a move.  Much would have depended on the position of its landlords.

The company could still exit the administration via a CVA but a pre pack administration may  be the most likely option if a buyer is ready to take it on.  But if a buyer can be found quickly and suppliers keep supplying then it may escape insolvency.

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