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Ashley (Laura) Hldgs PLC INTENTION TO APPOINT ADMINISTRATORS

17/03/2020 10:32am

UK Regulatory (RNS & others)


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Ashley (Laura) Hldgs PLC

17 March 2020

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF ARTICLE 7 OF REGULATION 596/2014 ("MAR").

17 March 2020

For immediate release

LAURA ASHLEY HOLDINGS PLC

(the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group")

INTENTION TO APPOINT ADMINISTRATORS AND SUSPENSION OF TRADING

Further to the Company's announcement on 13 March 2020, the Company has continued to closely monitor the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and has reviewed its immediate cashflow forecasts.

For the seven weeks up to 13(th) March, trading for the Laura Ashley business improved by 24% year-on-year and the directors were encouraged by this strong performance. However, the COVID-19 outbreak has had an immediate and significant impact on trading, and ongoing developments indicate that this will be a sustained national situation.

Discussions with stakeholders have been ongoing and the directors are in advanced discussions for the provision of third-party debt funding. However, based on the Company's revised cashflow forecasts and the increased uncertainty facing the Group, the Company expects that it will not be in a position to draw down additional funds from third party lenders in a timely manner sufficient to support working capital requirements. MUI Asia Limited has confirmed that it is unable to provide financial support in the required timeframe.

The directors of the Company, its key trading subsidiary (Laura Ashley Limited), Premier Home Logistics Limited, Laura Ashley Investments Limited, and Texplan Manufacturing Limited, have concluded that all available alternative options have been explored and therefore, in order to protect creditors, it is necessary to file a notice of intention to appoint administrators in respect of the Company and each of the named subsidiaries.

Accordingly, the Company regrets to announce that the directors of the Company, and of the named subsidiaries, have today filed notices of intention to appoint Robert Lewis and Zelf Hussain as administrators. If administrators are appointed in respect of the Company, given the Group's creditor position, the Company is not certain whether there would be any surplus assets available to shareholders of the Company.

The Company has requested that its ordinary shares be suspended from premium listing segment of the Official List. Further announcements will be made in due course.

For the purposes of MAR and Article 2 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1055, this announcement is being made on behalf of the Company by Sagar Mavani, Chief Financial Officer.

Enquiries:

 
 Katharine Poulter / Sagar 
  Mavani                        Laura Ashley          020 7880 5100 
 Anita Scott / Alice Gibb       Brunswick             020 7404 5959 
 Rick Thompson / Michael        Cantor Fitzgerald 
  Boot                           Europe               020 7894 7000 
 

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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