LEGAL | Staff Reporter, UK

Prezzo seeks Company Voluntary Arrangement to reduce costs

The restructuring plan will allow Prezzo to rationalise its estate and to reduce the cost of its leased restaurants.

This will allow the company to focus its resources on the core, more profitable restaurants whilst continuing to meet its obligations to suppliers and creditors. Prezzo will be better placed to implement the changes required to refresh the brand and to counter the economic challenges currently affecting the casual dining sector.

This proposed restructuring, under the terms of a company voluntary arrangement (“CVA”), will allow Prezzo to continue operating while it implements plans to improve its food and service and to invest in new restaurant layouts and designs.

Under the CVA process, Prezzo has submitted a restructuring plan to its creditors and will seek their approval of the CVA at a meeting on 23 March 2018. If approved by the creditors, the CVA proposal will substantially reduce Prezzo’s rental obligations and will move the business towards a more robust business model. Where restaurants are closed, we will do everything possible to redeploy staff to other sites.

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