Office appoints advisers to draw up restructuring plans
Footwear chain Office could be the next retailer to seek a CVA after it is reported that it has appointed advisers to draw up plans for a restructure.
According to Sky News Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), the advisory firm, has been appointed to devise a plan that may result in the closure of some of its 100 stores.
It has not been confirmed that a CVA will be the outcome for the business that was acquired by South African group Truworths in 2015 for £250m.
Office also operates stores in the Republic of Ireland and Germany and it is not clear whether these will be affected by any restructuring.
Should the chain pursue a CVA, which allows companies to pay creditors an agreed proportion of debts over an agreed timeline, it would be the latest in a line of retail chains to do so.
After a tense negotiation Arcadia won backing for its CVA last month, while Monsoon Accessorize is staging a vote on its CVA proposals this week. To pass a CVA must achieve 75% backing of shareholders by value.
New Look is currently trading under a CVA, as is Debenhams and value chain Select, which secured approval for its second CVA last month.
Landlords are becoming increasingly frustrated by the volume of CVAs as retailers use them as a mechanism to reduce rents and exit lease agreements early.