Australia

Appointment type:

Joint and Several Receivers and Managers
Joint and Several Liquidators

Appointment dates:

25 February 2010
4 March 2010
30 July 2010
13 May 2011

4 November 2011

Entities in receivership:

Letten Schemes

Letten Companies

Additional Letten Schemes & Companies

Entities in liquidation:

Letten Companies: 13 May 2011

Letten Companies: 4 Nov 2011

ACN: Refer to schedule 

Appointees:

Damian Templeton &
Philip Hennessy 

Office: Melbourne

Hotline: 
Australia: 1800 882 944 
International: +61 3 9838 4238

Contact email: lettenschemes@kpmg.com.au

 

 

Glenbelle Project 

Information for Investors of the Glenbelle Project.

 

The Receivers have executed conditional contracts of sale for the majority of Glenbelle's assets to the same purchaser as the YVG assets ("the YVG/Glenbelle Purchaser"). Settlement of these assets occurred on 15 July 2011.

 

The sale was subject to approval of the Court which was granted by an Order dated 17 May 2011. Copies of the relevant Court documents, including the affidavits of the Receiver, Orders and reasons for judgement of 17 May 2011 are available.

 

One of the assets of Glenbelle is the Management Lot associated with the Sebel Heritage Yarra Valley (being Lot L34 on plan of subdivision PS415064K). This is the real property from which the conference and food and beverage business of Glenbelle operates.

 

Associated with the Management Lot is a Hotel Management Agreement (“HMA”) between Glenbelle (as owner for the Management Lot), the owners of the rooms within the Sebel Heritage Yarra Valley hotel and Mirvac Hotels (as manager of the combined facility).

 

Under the HMA, the options available to realise the Management Lot are either to:

 

  • obtain an offer from a third party and then provide the room owners 90 days to consider whether they wish to acquire the Management Lot at that price pursuant to a right of first refusal; or
  • auction the Management Lot with a 30 day notice period.

 

Due to the need to resolve all aspects of the receivership of Glenbelle in the shortest possible timeframe, the Receivers determined that the most appropriate way to realise the Management Lot was by way of public auction which was held on 3 February 2011.

 

Following the auction, the Receivers and Managers continued to work with the successful bidder at the auction (the “Initial Purchaser”) to proceed to settlement. This involved the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent contained within the Initial Purchaser’s contract.


Shortly after the public auction, Glenbelle entered into a further contract for the sale of the Management Lot with Golden Heritage Golf Pty Ltd (“GHG”)(the “GHG Contingency Contract”) which was the successful purchaser of the golf courses and other YVG and Glenbelle assets. Glenbelle entered into the GHG Contingency Contract in the event that the Initial Purchaser’s contract did not complete. We believe this was in the best interests of Creditors and Investors. The GHG Contingency Contract is dependent on a number of conditions which require satisfaction before settlement is able to occur.


Since the auction the Receivers and Managers have sought to have the conditions precedent to the Initial Purchaser’s contract met.


One of those conditions precedent has not been met and the Initial Purchaser’s contract was terminated on 30 September 2011.

To progress the GHG Contingency Contract the Receivers made an application to the Court for:

  • a direction confirming the termination of the Initial Contract by the Receivers (on behalf of Glenbelle) was valid
  • approval of the GHG Contingency Contract (as required by the Orders of the Court granting the power of sale to the Receivers).

 

This application was heard on 4 November 2011 and was subsequently referred to mediation following which the purchaser under the Initial Contract confirmed to the Court that his contract had been validly terminated by the Receivers on behalf of Glenbelle. By orders dated 22 December 2011, the Court approved the GHG Contingency Contract.

 

Since that time the Receivers worked with the relevant stakeholders to satisfy the conditions precedent to settle the GHG Contingency Contract. In accordance with the orders of the Court, settlement of the GHG Contingency Contract occurred on 20 March 2012.

 

Based on the sale price achieved and the quantum of priority claims against the sale proceeds, the impact on stakeholders is:

 

  • Employees – All employees will be offered positions with the YVG/Glenbelle Purchaser who will accept responsibility for all employee entitlements.
  • Receivership funding – The secured lender has provided substantial facilities to enable the business to continue to trade during the receivership period.
  • Secured debt – it is expected that there will be a shortfall to the secured creditor.
  • Unsecured creditors – As the secured creditor will not be repaid in full, there will be no funds available for valid trust claims by pre-receivership unsecured creditors.
  • Common pool for Investors - As the secured creditor will not be repaid in full, there will be no funds available to include in the common pool for Investors.

 

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