Clinton Cards is locked in refinancing talks with its banks, amid growing
fears that Britain’s biggest greeting-card chain could become the latest
high-street casualty of the credit crunch, The Times reported.
Shares in the group, which has more than 1,000 shops across the UK, have lost
over 80% of their value in the past 12 months, closing down 7.7% on Friday at
10½p, valuing the business at just £21m, the newspaper said.
The group, which employs 9,000 people, has voluntarily decided to enter talks
with its lenders to renegotiate its estimated £72m debt pile.
The debts – held with Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland – comprise a £60m
working-capital facility as well as a £12m loan facility which is due to be
repaid in December, The Times added.
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