Punch Taverns restructuring imminent, says Barclays

14 Aug 2012

A restructuring of Punch Taverns’ £2.3bn debt could start soon, according to a report from Barclays. The bank advocated converting bonds to an interest-only basis, shortening the loan maturity and using disposal proceeds to prepay senior bonds.

In the report, published on Tuesday, Barclays said it expected the company to make a restructuring proposal in the fourth quarter 2012 or first quarter 2013.

Punch Taverns’ total estate of 5,000 pubs is worth £2.8bn, according to its 2011 annual report, some £568m greater than its net debt.

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