We advised the directors of a family-owned business on the potential impact of an acquisition on the covenant afforded to its DB pension scheme.
The sponsor manufactures sandwiches, salads and desserts for sale in the food-to-go section of supermarkets and convenience stores.
The acquisition involved the purchase of a part of a competitor’s business, which would increase our client’s market share and provide it with a higher profile with the supermarkets.
Whilst strategically the planned acquisition appeared sound and would increase the earnings available to support the covenant, the business, which previously had no debt and was cash rich, needed to fund the deal through a significant long-term bank loan.
We prepared a report for the company setting out how the transaction was likely to be viewed by the trustees in light of regulatory guidance regarding corporate transactions. This report was eventually shared with the trustees for information purposes.
We assisted the directors in putting a suitable package of protections in place for the trustees in the light of the additional leverage in the business post-deal.
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