28 октября 2008, 00:00 2665 просмотров

HBOS appoints KPMG to review Wyevale

HBOS is understood to have appointed KPMG to conduct an independent review of Wyevale Garden Centres.

HBOS has a 19 per cent stake in Wyevale and KPMG has been instructed to review its business plan to find out if its profits are sustainable. The garden centre group – backed by Scottish entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter – has an annual turnover of about £125 million.

According to The Sunday Telegraph, Wyevale has a large debt facility with HBOS. Hunter, who has a 40 per cent stake in Wyevale, helped take the business private in April 2006.

Hunter's investment vehicle, West Coast Capital, and HBOS are locked in talks to renegotiate a total of £650 million of loans used to finance the leveraged buy-outs of Wyevale and Crest Nicholson.

This year, HBOS rolled over a £359 million bridging loan used to finance the Wyevale deal. The loan was due for repayment in July this year, but has been extended.

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