In the face of rising interest rates, high inflation (including rising energy prices), falling consumer confidence and the unstable economic outlook, businesses across a variety of sectors are finding it increasingly challenging to manage their debt capital structures.
Looking at bank lending, often the most common form of debt finance, businesses with floating rate loans are facing higher borrowing costs (in turn adversely affecting cashflows), while even those that benefit from fixed rates face financial headwinds that are likely to impact their ability to service their debt. This particularly applies to businesses that borrowed heavily to help them manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (such as those in the hospitality sector).
Once again, those businesses need to review their funding arrangements and, where appropriate, consider their restructuring options, including refinancing and consolidation.
Refinancing or consolidating (which means combining two or more loans from the same or different lenders into a single, larger loan from one lender) existing loans can allow businesses to:
- Move to fixed rate products, offering greater cashflow certainty,
- Amend the terms of their debt to provide increased covenant headroom, reducing the risk of a breach and the potential for a lender to demand repayment before the debt matures,
- Agree more manageable payment structures (eg by adjusting payment profiles to fit a business’ expected cashflow forecast in the near to medium term), and
- In the case of consolidating, reduce the administrative burden on the business of servicing, and complying with the obligations under, multiple loans.
Farrer & Co’s leading banking practice has established a strong reputation for advising business clients in a range of sectors, including in media, sports, retail, healthcare, education, charities, hospitality and leisure sectors. Our team is available to support businesses that are considering their debt restructuring options, providing top quality advice that allows our clients to confidently make decisions that best suit their needs.
This publication is a general summary of the law. It should not replace legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.
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