Debenhams says it’s going to give “cautious consideration” to Mike Ashley’s supply of a £150m conditional mortgage underneath his tried coup.
The struggling division retailer chain, which is in superior talks with its banks on a rival £150m refinancing, stated a cope with the tycoon’s Sports activities Direct empire would require the settlement of its lenders and bondholders.
Mr Ashley, who’s the most important shareholder in Debenhams, final week referred to as an investor vote to take away many of the board and set up himself as chief government.
He fired a number of additional pictures in his battle to take private cost on Wednesday.
One was the supply of a £150m mortgage – curiosity free – however provided that Mr Ashley is handed the highest job.
It was additionally revealed he had raised the stakes in a grievance to the Metropolis regulator, the Monetary Conduct Authority.
The letter claimed buying and selling assertion in January, issued weeks earlier than a revenue warning, was “at finest impossibly optimistic or at worst intentionally deceptive”.
Debenhams responded by describing the grievance as “unfounded and self-serving”.
Sources on the chain have advised Mr Ashley’s hostility has change into a barrier to engagement and that his pursuits might be finest served by dropping his shareholder vote and speaking constructively about his long-term imaginative and prescient for Debenhams.
The billionaire has made it clear he opposes the corporate’s technique and can’t see the present board constructing worth of Sport’s Direct’s near-30% holding.
Debenhams responded to the supply of his conditional mortgage by saying on Thursday: “Any third celebration mortgage supply on these phrases would require each the consent of our RCF (revolving credit score facility) lenders and Noteholders and materials amendments to present services.
“Nonetheless, the board will give cautious consideration to the proposal and can have interaction with Sports activities Direct and different stakeholders relating to its feasibility within the pursuits of all events.”