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Case Study: Matt Engineering Limited - Administration

Trading Administration following appointment by the Qualifying Floating Chargeholder

Overview

Matt Engineering specialised in the manufacture and machining of steel fabrications. Based in Hull it employed 60 staff and had annual turnover of £4.5m. Over 70% of its business was with one customer, however the agreed pricing did not reflect the work involved which resulted in the company suffering losses and falling into financial difficulty. When it became evident that the position was not recoverable the secured lender appointed Bridgewood as administrators.

Solution Provided

On the day it went into administration the company had no more than £13k in the bank, virtually no work in progress and a significant cost base, including 60 staff. The Administrators took the decision to make 47 staff redundant immediately, retained a core capability with the remaining 13 staff. Work in progress was completed and some additional work secured, which enabled the business to be successfully traded whilst a buyer was found.

Outcomes

The Administrators were able to generate significant interest in the business, resulting in an agreed sales of the assets within 4 weeks. 13 jobs were secured and the buyers were also in a position to re-employ some of the staff who had previously been made redundant.

We were very pleased to secure this sale, from a difficult starting position, which delivered a positive result for all the stakeholders in the administration

Louise Freestone, Joint Administrator

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