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Restructuring your business. Declan Taite, FGS Partner, Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency. Experience overview. Macreddin Golf Club : Acted as Receiver and Manager to the acclaimed golf course designed by Irish Ryder Cup legend Paul McGinley.

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restructuring your business

Restructuring your business

Declan Taite, FGS Partner,

Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency


Experience overview

  • Macreddin Golf Club: Acted as Receiver and Manager to the acclaimed golf course designed by Irish Ryder Cup legend Paul McGinley.
  • Michael McNamara & Company: Appointed statutory receiver by NAMA.
  • Vantive Holdings and Morston Investment Ltd: Appointed Official Liquidator to the two holding companies within Liam Carroll’s Zoe Group.
experience overview
Experience overview
  • Zoe Group: appointed Receiver to four companies within Group, with significant land banks within the Dublin Docklands area.
  • Kinnitty Castle Hotel: appointed Receiver to the renowned hotel and wedding venue.
  • BDS Security Management: appointed Receiver to one of Ireland’s largest providers of static security care.
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Experience overview
  • Elenco Engineering Ltd: appointed official Liquidator to this top five mechanical and electrical provider.
  • Building/development companies: appointed Receiver and Manager to a series of companies located in Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Cavan, Mayo, Leitrim and other counties.
presentation contents
Presentation contents:
  • Introduction/General Overview
  • Recent high profile golf club failures
  • Sustainability and Profitability
  • Working Capital Management
  • What is Insolvency?
  • Implications of Insolvency for Directors?
  • Restructuring Options
  • Some good news?
introduction general overview
Introduction / General overview
  • Unprecedented economic environment.
  • Record levels of insolvency & business failures.
  • 1 in 7 failures occurring within hospitality / leisure sector.
  • Illiquid market.
  • Working capital pressures.
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Introduction / General overview
  • Debt burden.
  • Significant over-capacity in the golf club sector with in excess of 430 clubs.
  • Falling membership numbers.
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Introduction / General overview
  • Questions must be asked regarding sustainability of certain golf clubs:
    • What can be done?
    • What are the options?
    • How do we preserve sustainability and profitability?
    • There is no magic solution!!!
recent high profile golf club failures
Recent high profile golf club failures
  • The Macreddin Golf Club plc.
  • Moyvalley Golf Club plc
  • Blarney Golf Resort
  • Heritage Golf Club
  • Tulfarris Golf Club
sustainability profitability issues
Sustainability & profitability issues
  • Joining fees
  • Annual memberships fees
  • Green Fees
  • Catering / food & beverage
  • Pro shop
  • Bank debt
  • IT Automation
  • Marketing
  • Recalibration of economic model required
working capital management
Working capital management
  • Know what your club’s burn rate is – the rate at which the club is consuming cash on a monthly basis.
  • Identify the timing of major cash outflows within the club.
  • Identify also those external factors which will impact on the cash-flow of the business i.e. seasonality issues, adverse weather etc.
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Working Capital Management
  • Review cash-flow projections, at least, on a monthly basis. 
  • Monitor actual cash-flow performance against projections and ensure all financial information is kept up to date to allow for quick informed decisions to be made.
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Working capital management
  • Preserve cash by maximizing credit terms from suppliers. Review all cash outgoings and eliminate unnecessary expenditure.
  • Seek financial advice early if you anticipate pressure on the club’s cash-flow – don’t stick your head in the sand!
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Working capital management
  • In terms of those clubs with bank debt –take a proactive approach by meeting your bank manager if cashflow problems are foreseen, before they approach you!
  • Take positive steps to manage the situation.
what is insolvency
What is Insolvency?
  • Definition of Insolvency
  • On becoming aware of insolvency…..
    • Seek relevant legal and financial advice.
    • Preserve assets for benefit of all creditors.
    • Do not incur any further credit.
    • Do not make any payments other than justifiable payments associated with preserving assets (insurance, security, utilities).
    • Do not dispose of assets.
implications of insolvency for directors
Implications of Insolvency for Directors
  • Potential Restriction / Disqualification from acting as director of a company (Section 150 & 160, Companies Act, 1990).
  • Potential Fraudulent & Reckless Trading (Section 297 / 297A, Companies Act, 1963 as amended).
  • Potential Fraudulent Preference (Section 286, Companies Act 1963).
  • Potential Loss of Tax Clearance Certificate.
  • Crystallization of Personal Guarantees.
  • May affect personal ability to borrow.
restructuring options
Restructuring Options
  • Remember that approximately 20% of respondents have bank debt greater than annual revenue.
  • Credible cash-flows / projected P&L a pre-requisite in negotiating with finance provider:
    • Term of loan
    • Interest Rate
    • Capital Reduction / Moratorium
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Restructuring Options
  • Levies.
  • Franchise options for catering.
  • Sharing arrangements between clubs – co-op type arrangements.
  • Strategic Plans a must for any restructuring option.
  • Outsourcing of course maintenance costs, payroll costs, machinery & vehicle leasing costs.
restructuring options an outsourced solution
Restructuring Options - An Outsourced Solution

Golf Club XYZ - An Outsourced Example

some good news
Some good news?
  • An important ECJ ruling may provide an opportunity for member owned clubs to make protective claims for VAT overpaid on Green Fees in the last four years.
  • In Ireland, VAT exemption currently applies only to membership fees for these clubs, whereas green fees are subject to VAT at the reduced rate of 13.5%.
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Some good news?
  • However, the ECJ decision in Canterbury Hockey Club strongly indicates that the VAT treatment of a service should not be determined by the status of the recipient of that service i.e. it should not matter whether the recipient is a club member or not. 
  • The logical conclusion to be drawn from the ECJ’s ruling is that VAT exemption should apply not only to membership fees, but also to visitors’ Green Fees when received by a non-profit making organisation such a member owned golf club.
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Some good news?
  • In the UK, a large number of claims have been submitted by member owned golf clubs in respect of VAT paid to HMRC on green fees for the last four years. 
  • HMRC in the UK currently contend that the ECJ ruling does not apply in full to non-profit making organisations and as a result have not yet repaid any of these claims.  It is likely that HMRC’s stance will eventually be challenged, but it is impossible to say how soon such a test case will arise.
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Some good news?
  • In the meantime, you may wish to consider preparing and submitting a protective claim for VAT paid on green fees during the last four years.

Please Note: This slide presentation is for guidance purposes only and should not be relied upon as being sufficient in specific circumstances.

For further advice or assistance please contact:

Declan Taite,

Partner FGS Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency

T: + 353 (0) 1 4182000


thank you

Thank you

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