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Small Business Restructure in Transport Industry: 17c/$.

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Transport Industry Businesses In Financial Distress

Our client was a transport company primarily involved in providing transport services as a subcontractor. The director of this business attributed the Company’s financial issues to escalating fuel costs and an inability to reduce fix costs as market conditions deteriorated (both factors largely arising out of COVID-19).

The Facts

The unsecured creditors at the commencement of the Small Business Restructure (SBR) were approximately $640,000, with the most significant creditor being the ATO at around $420,000.

The Company held cash at bank, vehicles and debtors at the date of the appointment, none of which were available under the restructuring plan.

The Company continued to trade during the restructuring period, and investigations identified potential unreasonable Director Related Transactions and an Insolvent Trading claim.

Restructure Plan

The proposal provided for approximately $75,000 to be available to unsecured creditors, being approx. 17 c/$, after related party creditors elected not to participate in any dividend.

This proposal provided a better outcome for creditors than in a hypothetical Liquidation and creditors duly voted to accept the restructuring proposal.

Outcome

Following the process, the Director was able to carry on the business without the significant debt levels and without the cost or burden of the Company being placed into Voluntary Administration, to reach the same outcome.

Throughout the process, Rodgers Reidy liaised heavily with the major creditors and the Company’s current advisors to ensure that any proposal put forward would reach the minimum requirements accepted and to fully advise on the impact COVID-19 had on the business.

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