Toys R Us seeks rescue funding as administration looms

Toys R Us stands on the brink of administration as the taxman has demanded payment of the superstore chain’s £15m VAT bill by February 27th.

Now the firm is seeking rescue funding and will work through the weekend to secure pledges from potential investors.

The Entertainer and Alteri Investors, an acquirer of distressed retailers, are understood to have held talks in the last fortnight about buying parts of Toys R Us UK, although their ongoing interest was unclear on Friday and The Entertainer have labelled claims as speculation.

Hilco Capital who stepped in to salvage HMV from administration in 2013, is understood to have tabled a proposal that would involve taking on only a minority of Toys R Us’ 105 British outlets.

Hilco is likely to remain interested in a deal only if it is structured as a pre-pack administration, according to a Sky News source close to the process.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, Licensing.biz. He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@biz-media.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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