Signa’s Key Retail Property Division Recordsdata for Chapter – WWD


LONDON One other division of Rene Benko’s troubled Signa property empire has filed for insolvency following the collapse of the holding firm final month.

Signa Prime Choice, which has stakes in retailers together with Selfridges, KaDeWe and Karsdadt, has filed for chapter and submitted a restructuring plan in a Vienna, Austria courtroom, in keeping with a press release.

The submitting is the most recent in a sequence made by firms inside the Signa portfolio after the principle holding declared insolvency and submitted its restructuring plan to the Business Court docket of Vienna in November. 

As reported, Signa Holding is at present being managed by German restructuring specialists Arndt Geiwitz.

Signa, which bought Selfridges in a 50-50 take care of Central Group two years in the past, now has a minority share within the U.Ok.-based division retailer group.  

Signa bumped into hassle earlier this yr amid rising rates of interest, falling property costs, and a slowdown in client consumption. Having didn’t safe the suitable liquidity to restructure, it was compelled to name within the directors, and deal instantly with the courts.

Central Group instantly voiced its help for the malls that it at present co-owns with Signa and, a couple of days later, took over majority possession of Selfridges.

On Nov. 14, Central Group confirmed that it had exercised its proper to transform a mortgage, supplied by one in all its subsidiaries to the Selfridges group, into fairness. It’s now Selfridges’ majority shareholder and likewise controls the three way partnership firm that oversees Selfridges Group.

The group includes the Selfridges shops within the U.Ok., Brown Thomas and Arnotts in Eire and De Bijenkorf within the Netherlands. 

When it took majority management of Selfridges Group, Central stated the transfer “solidified” its place as an owner-operator of the most important European luxurious division retailer group.

Signa stated it’s aiming to reorganize the corporate’s obligations and liabilities “whereas sustaining the worth” of its investments.

Final month German media had reported that Signa was making ready insolvency purposes for a number of elements of the corporate.


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