Ashley wiped out as lenders take Debenhams control

Lenders in Debenhams took control of the struggling retailer on Tuesday after it went into administration, wiping out shareholders including billionaire Mike Ashley who failed in his own attempt to take over the company.

Ashley’s Sports Direct International responded with a detailed stock exchange statement.

Debenhams’ chairman Terry Duddy said: “It is disappointing to reach a conclusion that will result in no value for our equity holders.

“However, this transaction will allow Debenhams to continue trading as normal; access the funding we need; and proceed with executing our turnaround plans, whilst deleveraging the group’s balance sheet.

“We remain focused on protecting as many stores and jobs as possible, consistent with establishing a sustainable store portfolio in line with our previous guidance.

“In the meantime, our customers, colleagues, pension holders, suppliers and landlords can be reassured that Debenhams will now be able to move forward on a stable footing.

“I would like to thank them all for their recent and continuing support.”


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