Struggling Superdry in talks to tap Hilco for new £10m loan

Superdry, the struggling trend retailer which is in talks to be taken non-public by its founder, is negotiating an extra multimillion pound mortgage with certainly one of its present lenders.

Sky News has learnt that London-listed Superdry is discussing a brand new facility with Hilco to borrow £10m or extra because it seeks new monetary headroom amid a steep downturn in buying and selling.

The talks between the clothes retailer and Hilco are on prime of greater than £100m of present debt, the vast majority of which was prolonged by Bantry Bay.

City sources mentioned the discussions weren’t sure to lead to an settlement however had been at an in depth stage.

Superdry and Hilco each declined to remark.

Last month, Sky News revealed that the US funding agency Davidson Kempner was among the many corporations speaking to Superdry founder Julian Dunkerton about backing his potential provide for the chain.

Davidson Kempner has beforehand backed Jojo Maman Bebe and Oak Furnitureland, and in addition held a slug of debt in New Look.

Superdry lately confirmed to the inventory market that Mr Dunkerton wished to purchase the bulk stake in Superdry that he doesn’t already personal, at the same time as the corporate attracts up plans to shut shops and minimize jobs.

Mr Dunkerton, who in 2019 returned to the corporate having beforehand been ousted, owns just below 30% of the shares.

On Monday, shares within the retailer had been buying and selling at round 21.5p, giving it a market capitalisation of round £30m.

In latest months, Superdry has raised money by offloading its model in areas together with India and Asia-Pacific.

Late final 12 months, its shares sank to a report low after it blamed abnormally delicate autumn climate for weak gross sales.