Punch restructure proposals rejected by ABI

By Mark Wingett

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Disagreement over Punch Taverns restructure proposals remains
Disagreement over Punch Taverns restructure proposals remains
A group representing Punch Taverns noteholders has said it’s unable to support the pub company’s plans for its debt restructure.

In a statement released today, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) Senior Noteholder Committee said: "The creditors and their advisors have carefully considered the revised proposals issued by Punch and the related legal documents made available. They are unable to support these proposals (in relation to either Punch A or Punch B) and accordingly will vote against the proposals at any meetings of the Issuer Companies."

It called for Punch to "re-open negotiations".

"The creditors remain willing to work in good faith to agree a consensual restructuring for both Punch A and Punch B and continue to believe this to be in the best interests of all stakeholders."

The Committee had earlier stated that it did not believe with the proposals prior to Punch’s announcement earlier this month.

Middle ground

Asked by the Publican's Morning Advertiser's​ sister title M&C Report​ earlier this month how confident he was that the restructure would be approved, Punch executive chairman Stephen Billingham said: "We think it should happen. The economics work for everybody therefore people should vote it through. The consequences of it not happening are also pretty bad."

He added: "We think it has a balance between all the stakeholders. We think it plots a middle ground between them all and when they look at it they look at it they will see it as a good deal.

"That’s why I encourage people to look at it carefully and thoroughly. We’ll help them do that. We’re going to give each and every class of debt details about how it effects their individual class."

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