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Capital reduction, reorganisation and reconstruction

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1 2 3 4 5 Introduction Distributable prots Bonus issues Reduction of capital Redeemable shares and the purchase by a company of its own shares 6 7 8 Failure, losses and capital erosion Liquidation Capital reconstruction

learning outcomes
This chapter covers the syllabus section entitled Capital reduction, reorganisation and reconstruction. After reading and understanding the contents of the chapter, working through all the Worked Examples and Practice Questions, you should be able to:

Show a knowledge of the provisions of the Companies Act relating to the calculation of
distributable prot and apply the rules to a set of nancial facts.

Understand the nature and purpose of a bonus issue of shares and be able to incorporate
the nancial effects of an issue into the content of the balance sheet.

Explain the nature and role of the concept of permanent capital and explain the
circumstances in which a reduction of capital must take place.

Demonstrate an understanding of the effect of a share purchase or redemption on the


content of the balance sheet.

Outline the causes of business failure and explain the effect on the nancial stability of a
business of a series of operating losses.

Prepare a statement showing the allocation of resources available on liquidation among the
stakeholders in an enterprise.

Prepare a scheme of capital reconstruction and incorporate its effects on the content of a
business balance sheet.

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1 Introduction
A company should have a balanced capital structure when it is established, that is, its assets should be funded by the appropriate types of nance. Long-term sources, such as equity capital and debentures, should cover the investment in xed assets and provide sufcient excess to make a signicant contribution towards the funding of current assets. If the oft-quoted ideal working capital ratio of 2:1 is desired, then half the value of current assets should be nanced by long-term capital, and the remainder nanced by short-term sources such as trade credit.Within long-term sources of funds, a satisfactory relationship should be created between the various types available, the optimum structure depending on such factors as the nature of the trade undertaken and the likely stability of prots. Once a company starts to trade, the nancial structure established at the outset is affected by the results of trading and the passage of time.The initial equity investment is increased by the amount of prot earned and retained in the business, and is reduced by the amount of any losses. As time passes, the repayment date for long-term loans gets closer and, near to the very end of their term, such sources must be classied as current liabilities. The rate at which customers pay and suppliers are paid affects the balance between current assets and liabilities, as do credit purchases of additional stock required to expand a successful company. In the longer term, success may encourage the acquisition of extra production capacity that must be funded by an appropriate type of nance if the capital structure of the business is to remain balanced. The nancial position of a business is subject to continuous change unless the company is dormant and does not trade. Flows of resources take place with trading and these have an impact on the enterprise, which can be benecial or detrimental. The result is that the business may be either a success or a failure. A very successful business, in this context, is one that manages to expand, while survival, with an adequate level of return but no expansion, is regarded as a satisfactory performance. If a company goes into liquidation, or has to be reconstructed, it is a failure.There are certain courses of action that may be followed as a result of the success or failure of a business. It is the purpose of this chapter to examine these alternatives and the accounting entries that are needed to reect them.

test your knowledge 10.1


Identify the two asset categories that must be funded from long-term sources of nance.

2 Distributable prots
distributable prots
Distributable prots consist of accumulated realised prots minus accumulated realised losses.

The rules for the calculation of distributable prots differ between private and public limited companies. Identication of the particular category into which a company falls into is a simple matter: public limited companies are identied by the designatory letters plc, whereas Ltd after a companys name indicates that it is a private company. There are many differences between these two types of company, perhaps the most notable is that public companies have a minimum share capital requirement of 50,000 and private companies are not allowed to make a public issue of shares or debentures. The 2006 Companies Act (section 830) denes distributable prots of private companies as: accumulated realised prots minus accumulated realised losses, where:

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Accumulated realised prots are realised prots that have not already been distrib-

uted as dividends or capitalised. Accumulated realised losses are realised losses that have not been previously written off in either a reduction or reorganisation of capital. For this purpose, prots or losses may either be capital or revenue in their origin. The effect of these rules is that a company is legally entitled to declare a dividend out of realised prots brought forward but, if there are accumulated losses brought forward, these losses must rst be made good before a dividend can be paid. A company with large accumulated realised losses may therefore nd it convenient to undertake a reduction of capital if it wishes to avoid a long delay before it can pay a dividend out of the prots accruing as the result of an improvement in trading conditions. The Act does not dene realised and unrealised prots and losses, but it does provide some guidance regarding the treatment of particular items.
Provisions (i.e. liabilities of uncertain timing or amount) are to be treated as

realised losses.
Any additional depreciation, which is charged as the result of an upward revaluation

of xed assets, may be added back to reported prots for the purpose of computing distributable prots.This provision was introduced to avoid discouraging companies from revaluing their assets where they considered such a course appropriate. Development expenditure, shown as a xed asset, is to be treated as a realised loss for the purpose of computing distributable prot, unless there arespecial circumstances justifying capitalisation, in which case the expenditure may be carried forward. Special circumstances are not dened in the Act, but the capitalisation of development expenditure that complies with the conditions laid down in accounting standards is probably acceptable. In those circumstances not specically covered by the Act, the determination of whether a prot or loss has been realised must be made in the light of prevailing accounting standards.

worked example 10.1


The following summarised information is provided relating to the affairs of Tree plc and Branch plc, both public limited companies. 1 Summary Balance Sheets at 31 December 20X4 Tree plc 000 Ordinary share capital Reserves Net assets 6,000 5,000 11,000 11,000 Branch plc 000 3,000 1,300 1,700 1,700

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2 Build-up of Reserves at 31 December 20X4 Tree plc 000 Retained realised prot (loss) at 1 January 20X4 Realised prot for 20X4 (see 3) Unrealised loss on revaluation of all xed assets Realised capital prot Unrealised prot on revaluation of assets 1,900 1,300 600 1,200 5,000 Branch plc 000 2,300 1,000 1,300

3 Tree owns a freehold property which cost 500,000 (including land 100,000) some years ago. It was revalued at 1,700,000 (including land 400,000) on 1 January 20X3. Since that date the building has been depreciated at 5 per cent per annum, based on the revalued gure in arriving at realised prot for the year. Required: (a) Dene distributable prot in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act. Indicate the points that must be looked for when calculating the maximum distributable prots of a limited company. (b) Calculate the maximum distribution that can be legally made by Tree plc and Branch plc on the basis of the above information. Answers (a) The Companies Act 2006 denes distributable prots as accumulated realised prots minus accumulated realised losses, where accumulated realised prots have not already been distributed as dividends or capitalised and accumulated realised losses are realised losses which have not been previously written off in either a reduction or re-organisation of capital. Prots or losses may be either capital or revenue in their origin. The distributable prots are not therefore conned to the results of the current period but must take account of accumulated realised prots or losses brought forward. Provisions as dened by the Companies Act, e.g. provision for depreciation, are to be treated as realised losses for the purpose of calculating distributable prot. Any additional depreciation charged as the result of an upward revaluation of xed assets may be added back in computing distributable prot. In circumstances not specically covered by the Act, the determination of whether a prot or loss has been realised must be made in the light of the provisions contained in accounting standards. (b) Tree plc 000 Retained prot/loss at 1 January Prot for 20X4 Realised capital prot Depreciation relating to revaluation* Maximum distribution Branch is unable to make a distribution. *1,300,000 (revised value of building) 400,000 (historical cost) 5 per cent 2 years. 1,900 1,300 600 90 3,890 Branch plc 000 2,300 1,000 1,00 1,00 1,300

test your knowledge 10.2


Dene distributable prot in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act 2006.

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3 Bonus issues
bonus issue
A bonus issue of shares involves allotting fully paid shares to its existing members in proportion to their existing holdings by capitalising the corresponding value from its reserves.

Bonus issues of shares are also referred to as Scrip Issues or Capitalisation Issues.To make such an issue, a company allots fully paid shares to its existing members and capitalises the corresponding value from its reserves. The company does not receive any consideration for the issue. Every shareholder receives bonus shares in proportion to their existing stake in the company. For instance, the holder of 10 per cent of the equity shares would receive 10 per cent of any bonus issue. A company must have adequate reserves to make a bonus issue, and these will be possessed by a successful company that has retained a signicant portion of its prots.A bonus issue may alternatively be made from any credit balance of a Share Premium Account or Capital Redemption Reserve. A company can make a bonus issue if authorised by its Articles which usually contain a requirement for a general meeting to approve the directors recommendation for a bonus issue before it may be made. A further consideration is that there must be sufcient authorised, but unissued, capital to enable the issue to take place.

worked example 10.2


The Good Company Ltd has traded successfully for a number of years and has ploughed prots back into the company. Its authorised share capital consists of four million shares of 1 each and its balance sheet at 31 December 20X1 is: 000 Fixed assets Working capital Equity: Ordinary shares of 1 each Share premium Retained prot 200 200 910 1,310 It has decided to make a bonus issue of shares, four bonus shares being given for each share currently held. The issue is to utilise the balance on the share premium account, with the remainder taken from retained prot. Required: The balance sheet of the Good Company Ltd as it will appear after the bonus issue. Answer Good Company Ltd Balance Sheet 31 December 20X1 000 Fixed assets Working capital Equity: Ordinary shares of 1 each Retained prot 1,000 310 1,310 960 350 1,310 960 350 1,310

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It can be seen that the bonus issue has not brought any new resources to the company; the only effect is an alteration in the composition of the shareholders equity, the total of which remains unchanged at 1,310,000.There is also no effect on the relative interest of each member in the company. Prior to the issue, a holder of 40,000 shares owned 20 per cent of the company with a carrying value of 20 per cent 1,310,000 = 262,000; after the issue the holding has risen to 200,000 shares, which is still 20 per cent of the issued shares and it has the same carrying value. If the directors do not wish to increase the amount of prot distributed, they must take steps to reduce proportionally the dividend per share. For example, to maintain a constant total cash distribution, after a three for one bonus issue, a company would have to reduce the dividend per share to one quarter of its former amount. However, as each shareholder after the issue has four times as many shares as previously, each receives an unchanged dividend in cash terms.The increase in the number of shares in issue does not affect the value of the company, as is shown by the case of a public limited company, with quoted shares, where the change in the market price per share should bear an inverse relationship to any increase in the number of shares on the market.

worked example 10.3


Traction plc is a listed company and has an issued share capital of 10 million ordinary shares with a nominal value of 1 each. The market value of each share is 6. Required: Illustrate the expected effect of a two for one bonus issue and a cut in the dividend per share from 12p to 4p on: (a) the market value of one share; (b) the market value of the entire company and the dividend it pays; (c) the market value of a holding of 5,000 shares and the dividend received by the shareholder. Answers (a) Whereas one share is held before the bonus issue, three are held after it. The value of the single share was 6 and the total value of the three shares into which it is converted is 6. Therefore, the value of a single share after the bonus issue is 2. (b) Value Before bonus issue After bonus issue 10m 6 60m 30m 2 60m Dividend Paid 10m 0.12 1.2m 30m 0.04 1.2m

The gratuitous issue of an extra 20 million shares reduces the share price proportionally and the total value of the company and the cash dividend remain unchanged. (c) Value Before bonus issue After bonus issue 5,000 6 30,000 15,000 2 30,000 Dividend Received 5,000 0.12 600 15,000 0.04 600

Again, the total value of the shares and the dividend received remain unchanged. It is therefore clear that the effect of a bonus issue is simply to increase the number of shares a company has in issue. This raises the question: Why would a company wish to make such an issue? Possible reasons are:
Theoretically, the balance on retained prot is distributable as cash dividends; in

practice, this course may not be open to the company as the funds have been permanently invested in the substance of the business. For instance, in Worked Example 10.2, the Good Company Ltd could not distribute the retained prots

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without liquidating a substantial portion of its xed assets. A bonus issue recognises the companys inability to distribute retained prots and brings the balance sheet into line with this economic reality. The creation of an enlarged permanent equity capital base makes the company more attractive to potential investors and creditors as the level of gearing cannot be increased by the withdrawal of prot that has been capitalised. A bonus issue is sometimes taken as an indication of the fact that the directors intend to increase the overall level of dividend. If the investors believe this will happen, the shares become more attractive and the price will fall less than would be expected otherwise. In Worked Example 10.3, the share price might nish up above 2. The larger number of shares in circulation should help create a more active market as holdings are made more easily divisible. A listed company that has a high and unwieldy share price may make a bonus issue to create a lower price per share. This is useful where, for example, a company acquires other companies by share exchanges and wishes to make the value of each of its own shares closer to that of likely acquisitions. A successful company with substantial accumulated prots may receive favourable publicity from their capitalisation.The bonus issue draws attention to the success that has created the prots to enable the issue to take place. The reduction in the dividend per share may help avoid any unfavourable publicity attached to the declaration of apparently high rates of dividend.

test your knowledge 10.3


Explain the effect of a bonus issue on the market price of company shares.

reduction of capital
Reduction of capital involves the repayment or writing down of a companys share capital as a result of either an excess of funds without protable uses or large accumulated losses.

4 Reduction of capital
The Companies Act 2006 (Part 17, Chapter 10) allows a company to reduce its share capital in any way it considers appropriate. The ability given in the Act is therefore a general one, but specic instances are also stated (section 641): (a) Share capital that is lost or unrepresented by available assets may be cancelled (Worked Example 10.4 below). (b) Share capital in excess of the needs of the company may be repaid (Worked Example 10.5 below). (c) A company may extinguish or reduce the liability on any of its shares in respect of share capital not paid up. In each of these cases, the right to reduce can be exercised only if certain conditions are met:
The company must be authorised to reduce its share capital by its Articles of

Association. The reduction must be agreed by a special resolution of the members, that is, a resolution passed by a majority of at least 75 per cent. The reduction must be conrmed by the court. This requirement is particularly important in relation to (b) and (c) above. The repayment of capital (b) actually reduces the assets of the company, while the reduction or cancellation of liability on unpaid share capital (c) reduces the funds on which a company can call if required. A creditor of a company, which decides to reduce its capital, such as a bank with which the company has an overdraft, may consider that its likelihood of repayment is jeopardised by the reduction. Such a creditor may object to the court, which can direct either that payment of the debt is secured or that an agreed amount is set aside to meet it.

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The cancellation of share capital unrepresented by available assets and the repayment of share capital to members are each likely to have a substantial effect on the content of the balance sheet. When a company has either been trading unprotably for a number of years or suffers abnormally large losses in a single year, it may have accumulated losses. Despite these losses, which have eroded capital, a company may still be viable and be able to earn prots in the future. In these circumstances, it is reasonable to recognise that some of the capital has been lost and to reduce its value accordingly. A further reason for engaging in capital reduction is that the Companies Act 2006 prohibits the distribution of current prots before past losses have been made good, but allows past losses to be removed from the calculation of distributable prots if they are written off in a capital reduction.Thus, a capital reduction scheme enables dividends to be paid from current prots despite the fact that losses have been made in the past that have not been made good.Also, a reduction scheme that removes accumulated losses makes the company more attractive to prospective investors and providers of credit.

worked example 10.4


Getting Better Ltd is an old-established company which, after trading protably for a number of years, incurred substantial losses. Its balance sheet at 31 December 20X1 is: 000 Fixed assets Working capital Ordinary shares of 1 each Accumulated loss 520 230 750 1,000 250 750 The company has rationalised its methods of production and distribution and has returned to protability. It wishes to raise additional equity capital and, as a preliminary step, decides to reduce its share capital to eliminate the debit balance on the prot and loss account by cancelling one out of every four ordinary shares in issue. Required: Prepare the companys balance sheet, after the capital reduction has taken place. Answer Getting Better Ltd Balance Sheet 31 December 20X1 after capital reduction 000 Fixed assets Working capital Ordinary shares of 1 each 520 230 750 750

In this example, the existing shareholders retain three shares out of every four shares previously held. Alternatively, the company could keep one million shares in issue and reduce the nominal value of each share to 75 pence. A company may nd that it has assets in excess of its requirements. For instance, it may dispose of a division of its business but not wish to reinvest the cash received. The scale of the undertakings activities is reduced, with the result that its share capital is now too large for its new, smaller level of operations. It may be decided that it is appropriate to reduce the size of the companys share capital by repaying to the shareholders the amount in excess of requirements.

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worked example 10.5


Smaller Ltd has sold to a competitor, for cash, a substantial number of its retail outlets. The bulk of the companys shares are owned by the directors, the balance being held by members of their families. The companys balance sheet after the sale at 31 December 20X1 is: 000 Fixed assets Working capital requirements Surplus cash Ordinary shares of 1 each Retained earnings 200 150 750 1,100 1,000 100 1,100 The directors are nearing retirement age and, as they have no successors, decide to run the company at its reduced size and return the surplus assets to the shareholders. The reduction of capital is to be achieved by reducing the nominal value of each share to 25 pence and repaying 75 pence per share to the shareholders. Required: Prepare the companys balance sheet after the capital reduction has been carried out. Answer Smaller Ltd Balance Sheet 31 December 20X1 after capital reduction 000 Fixed assets Working capital Ordinary shares of 25 pence each Retained earnings 200 150 350 250 100 350

test your knowledge 10.4


Identify three statutory requirements that must be met in order for a company to engage in a reduction of capital.

5 Redeemable shares and the purchase by a company of its own shares


redeemable shares
Redeemable shares are preference and ordinary shares which are specically redeemable under the terms of their issue.

The Companies Act 2006 (Part 18, Chapter 3) contains provisions that allow companies to issue redeemable shares of all types and to purchase their own shares For the purpose of the Financial Accounting examination, candidates will be expected to be familiar only with the main provisions and able to work simple examples. The complications that arise when the original issue of shares was made at a premium are specically excluded. In sections 5.15.3 we consider the position where a public limited company redeems some of its shares; the rules for a company purchasing its own shares are largely the same and are dealt with in section 5.4. In all cases the company must have the appropriate powers in its Articles of Association.

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5.1 The legal provisions


permanent capital
Permanent capital consists of a companys issued share capital plus any reserves which are not distributable by way of dividends.

The intention of the Act is that the permanent capital of a company that redeems some of its shares should be maintained in value, and not diminished as a result of the redemption. A companys permanent capital consists of its issued share capital plus any reserves which are not distributable by way of dividends; for example, a revaluation reserve is part of permanent capital, while any balance of retained prots is not. To achieve the objective of permanent capital maintenance, the Act contains detailed instructions to be applied when shares are redeemed. These rules, in so far as they are within the syllabus, are:
The shares must be fully paid. Companies must not convert shares into creditors; the terms of redemption must

provide for payment on redemption.


Redeemable shares may only be redeemed out of distributable prots of the
capital redemption reserve
Capital redemption reserve is an undistributable reserve arising from the redemption of shares or the purchase by a company of its own shares. The purpose of the capital redemption reserve is to protect the creditors by preventing what would otherwise effectively be a reduction in permanent capital.

company or out of the proceeds of a fresh issue of shares made for the purpose of the redemption. Any premium payable on redemption must be provided out of distributable prots. A transfer to a capital redemption reserve must be made, computed as follows: (i) Where the redemption is made entirely out of prots, a sum equal to the nominal value of the shares redeemed must be transferred from prot to the capital redemption reserve. (ii) Where the redemption is made wholly or partly out of a new issue, the sum to be transferred from prot to the capital redemption reserve is the amount, if any, by which the nominal value of the shares redeemed exceeds the proceeds of the new issue. Redeemed shares must be treated as cancelled.

5.2 Redemption met entirely out of distributable prots


Where the redemption is met entirely out of distributable prots, the nominal value of the permanent capital repaid on redemption is replaced by an equivalent transfer from distributable prots to the non-distributable capital redemption reserve. Any premium payable on redemption must be met from distributable reserves.

worked example 10.6


The following extracts are taken from the balance sheet of Redeemer plc at 31 December 20X6: 000 Ordinary shares of 1 each Redeemable shares of 1 each Share premium account Permanent capital Distributable prots Net assets (including cash) 600 100 400 1,100 300 1,400

The company intends to redeem the 100,000 redeemable shares making no new issue. Required: Prepare balance sheet extracts, in the same format as above, to show the effect of the redemption in each of the following cases: (a) The shares were issued and redeemed at par. (b) The shares were issued at par and are redeemed at 1.10 per share, i.e. at a premium of 10p per share.

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worked example 10.6 continued


Answers Revised Balance Sheet extracts Case A 000 Ordinary shares of 1 each Share premium account Capital redemption reserve Permanent capital Distributable prots Net assets (including cash) Workings: Transfer from share capital to capital redemption reserve (nominal value of capital redeemed) Reduction in distributable prot and net assets (amount paid on redemption) 600 400 100 1,100 200 1,300 000 100 100 Case B 000 600 400 100 1,100 190 1,290 000 100 110

Note that in both cases the redemption is met out of distributable prots and the amount by which the companys issued capital is diminished is transferred to the capital redemption reserve. The permanent capital is thereby maintained intact at 1,100,000 as the result of applying the relevant provisions of the Act.

5.3 Shares redeemed wholly or partly out of the proceeds of a new issue
A fresh issue of shares may be made to help nance the redemption. In this case, the procedure applied to maintain the value of permanent capital is slightly more complex than when no such issue is made.The transfer from distributable prot to the Capital Redemption Reserve need be sufcient only to replace that part of the permanent capital redeemed which is not covered by the new permanent capital introduced.

worked example 10.7


Assume the same balance sheet for Redeemer at 31 December at 20X6 as in Worked Example 10.6. The company intends to redeem the 100,000 redeemable shares at a premium of 20p per share. Required: Prepare balance sheet extracts, in the same format as above, to show the effect of the redemption in each of the following cases: (a) Redemption partly nanced by the issue of 50,000 ordinary shares of 1 each at par. (b) Redemption partly nanced by the issue of 50,000 ordinary shares of 1 each at 1.50 per share. Answer Revised Balance Sheet Extracts (a) 000 Ordinary shares of 1 each Share premium account Capital redemption reserve Permanent capital Distributable prots Net assets (including cash) 650 400 50 1,100 230 1,330 (b) 000 650 425 25 1,100 255 1,355

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worked example 10.7 continued


Note that the permanent capital is maintained intact at 1,100,000 as the result of applying the provisions of the Act. Workings (000): Nominal value of shares redeemed Less: Proceeds of new issue Shortfall transferred from distributable prot to capital redemption reserve Case A 000 100 50 50 Case B 000 100 75 25

test your knowledge 10.5


(a) Dene the permanent capital of a company. (b) Explain the effect on the balance sheet of a company redeeming shares out of cash available surplus to operating requirements. (c) Explain how one would compute the transfer to capital redemption reserve where a redemption of shares is partly nanced out of the proceeds of a new issue of shares.

5.4 Purchase by a company of its own shares


The Act allows a company to purchase its own shares, subject to certain conditions, whether or not they are redeemable. This ability benets both public and private companies. Public companies are able, for example, to return to members any funds in excess of requirements, to avoid the need for a capital reduction exercise and to revise more easily their capital structures to bring them into line with current requirements. This procedure has also been used by quoted companies, especially in the United States, to increase the share price by reducing the number of shares on the market. The arrangement also has the effect of leaving on the market fewer shares between which prots are to be shared and so increases the value of earnings per share (see chapter 11, section 6).The main advantage to owners of shares in private companies is the ability to realise their investment by selling their shares to the company, thereby overcoming any difculty that would previously have been experienced, in transferring their shares. For instance, close control of family companies may be retained by using the companys resources to acquire the shares of a member who dies and/or retires. However, the company is not bound to purchase its own shares, and can do so only if it has the resources available. The conditions that a company must satisfy to purchase its own shares are largely similar to those which apply to redeemable shares.

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worked example 10.8


The following is the summarised balance sheet of Beacons Ltd, a long established family company, at 31 March 20X0: 000 Ordinary shares of 1 each Revaluation reserve Retained earnings Net assets including cash 300 150 400 850

Ninety per cent of the shares are owned by the directors, the balance being held by their distant relatives. The directors wish to concentrate ownership of the company in their own hands and, as the company has surplus cash, made an offer for the company to purchase the shares held by the distant relatives. The offer values each share at 2.50. The offer was accepted by all the shareholders concerned and was put into effect on 1 April 20X0. Required: (a) State the value of Beacons Ltds permanent capital at 31 March 20X0. (b) Prepare the balance sheet of Beacons Ltd on 1 April 20X0 immediately after it has purchased its own shares. (c) State the value of Beacons Ltds permanent capital at 1 April 20X0 after the purchase has been completed. Answer (a) The permanent capital is 450,000 (300,000 share capital + 150,000 revaluation reserve) (b) Ordinary shares of 1 each Revaluation reserve Capital redemption reserve Retained earnings Net assets including cash Workings: W1 300 (original share capital) 30 (capital redeemed 10 per cent 300) W2 400 (original balance) 30 (transfer to capital redemption reserve) 45 (premium on redemption) (c) The permanent capital is 450,000 (270,000 shares + 150,000 revaluation reserve + 30,000 capital redemption reserve) 000 270 (W1) 150 30 325 (W2) 775

6 Failure, losses and capital erosion


It is a fact that some companies fail and then have to be liquidated. Management and owners are often unwilling to face the likelihood of failure and attempt to struggle on until they are forced to accept the reality of the situation by, for example, the appointment of a receiver. Companies in nancial difculties need to obtain further nance, and the bank manager is often the rst person approached for these resources. The optimistic attitude typically displayed by business management, often with little regard to the actual circumstances, is that the rms position will improve and failure will be avoided provided it can survive for a further short period of time. It is therefore in the interests of potential providers of nance to be able to judge which companies are merely going through a period of temporary difculty and which companies are going to fail. It is important to ensure, as far as possible, that too pessimistic an assessment is not made, since the withdrawal of an existing nancial provision by the bank may cause the failure of a company which would otherwise

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have recovered. Success or failure cannot be forecast with certainty, but there are a number of indicators that have been observed in failed companies and which can be looked for in companies suffering from nancial difculties in order to see whether they too are likely to fail.

6.1 The causes of failure


The prime factor that causes companies to fail is inadequate management, which may misjudge costs, prices or markets, or base decisions on insufcient or out of date information.These shortcomings eventually cause the company to become insolvent and force it into liquidation.The causes of failure are therefore the factors that erode the liquidity of the company and leave it unable to attract further external nance or generate sufcient internal nance to continue in operation. When a nancial institution is approached with a request for a loan or overdraft and the companys accounts reveal a poor liquidity position, the causes of the low liquidity ratio must be sought. If the causes are of a permanent nature, the provision of additional nance will merely postpone liquidation as the company will suffer another liquidity crisis as soon as the new funds have been used up. The causes of liquidity problems may be complex, but can be sought in such areas as:

Finance costs
Interest charges on debt represent a xed cost. They do not vary with the rate of output. A company with a high proportion of debt nance has to meet substantial interest payments, and it is possible for these to prove too great a burden, especially if there is a downturn in trading prot. Small companies often rely heavily on overdrafts for nance, and an increase in the rate of interest charged, particularly if it coincides with a fall in trading prots, can cause great difculties.

Operating costs
The high xed costs associated with capital-intensive production methods can prove an excessive drain on resources, particularly if there is a fall in the level of activity. Fixed costs do not respond to changes in the level of output, and may be completely outside the control of management; for example, local authorities collect rates from the occupiers of business premises and these must be paid by businesses irrespective of their protability. Also, the variable cost per unit of output may rise, for example, as the result of a pay increase granted to employees. If a rm cannot increase its selling price to recover increased operating costs, its prot margins are eroded or even converted into losses, thereby reducing the level of cash ow into the business.

Over-trading
A company may be protable but management takes the unwise step of nancing longterm developments with short-term funds, that is, they use money needed to meet operating costs to acquire xed assets or to fund long-term activities such as research.

Market failure
It is possible for a company to be efcient and, initially, to have a correctly balanced capital structure. However, it will still fail if it cannot sell its product at a price high enough to cover costs.The inability to charge an adequate price may be due to competitors having lower prices or simply the fact that there is no longer a demand for the companys particular product.

Adverse currency movements


When the value of the home currency of an exporter rises relative to other currencies, the value of its sales in overseas markets falls when the proceeds are remitted. For example, a company based in Upland, where the currency is the U, exports goods to Lowland, where the currency is the L.The customers of Lowland pay a price stated in Ls and, in both 20X0 and 20X1, the company collected L100,000 from sales in Lowland.

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In 20X0, the exchange rate was 4L 1U. In 20X1, the U strengthened and the exchange rate became 5L 1U.When exchanged, the 20X0 sales yield 100,000 4 U25,000, while the 20X1 sales produced only 100,000 5 U20,000.The company has to pay its costs in Us and the reduced receipts may be insufcient for that purpose. Where symptoms such as those described above appear, a decision must be made whether they can be rectied in sufcient time and at a small enough cost to enable the company to continue in existence. If it is fairly certain that the company is going to fail, commercial losses are minimised by injecting no further nance.The likelihood of a rm, which appears to be failing, avoiding eventual liquidation depends to a large extent on the ability of management.To have reached the position where failure is a distinct possibility can be evidence of poor management, and a condition of nancial help could be the injection of new managerial expertise.Any lenders evaluation of the prospects of survival is likely to be based on forecasts made by management, and these must therefore be checked carefully for realism and compared with past results to see if they are consistent.

test your knowledge 10.6


Describe four possible causes of business failure.

6.2 Losses and capital erosion


Losses are caused by the failure to recover all costs through sales.The solution lies in the companys ability to raise prices, cut costs or produce a new product that can be sold protably. A company that makes losses suffers an erosion of capital, which produces a corresponding reduction in net assets.The impact of losses on the viability of a company depends on their size relative to the companys resources, and on their duration.A relatively small annual loss is unlikely in itself to have a signicant effect; the company still has a positive cash ow from trading if its depreciation charge is greater than the loss. The accumulation of a series of losses, even if individually small, has a more serious impact in the longer term. In these circumstances the cash ow represented by depreciation is used to nance running costs and the rm will probably be unable to attract nance when it is time for plant replacement. A company that continually makes losses is heading for likely failure; the size of the losses merely determines how long the process takes. The effect of large signicant losses is more immediate and precipitates the crisis more quickly.

worked example 10.9


The balance sheet of Going Ltd at 31 December 20X0 is: 000 Fixed assets at written-down value Working capital Share capital Retained earnings 400 350 750 500 250 750 The xed assets are expected to last a further ve years and to keep pace with ination it is forecast that 20,000 per year must be invested in additional working capital.

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Required: Prepare the balance sheet of Going Ltd at 31 December 20X5 on the alternative assumptions that in each of the next ve years it suffers a loss after charging depreciation of: (a) 20,000 (b) 60,000 Comment on the results. Answer (a) 000 Fixed assets at written down value Working capital Surplus cash Share capital Retained earnings Workings (000): 5 years losses W1 W2 100 300 5 years depreciation 400 400 5 years additional working capital 100 100 Surplus cash 31 December 20X5 200 0 450 200 W1 650 500 150 650 (b) 000 450 W2 450 500 250 450

No dividends have been paid throughout the ve years, and in neither case does Going Ltd have enough cash at the end of 20X5 to replace the exhausted xed assets. The continual losses make it most unlikely that new external nance can be obtained. In case (b), the losses have eroded the book value of the share capital, while annual losses in excess of 60,000 would deplete working capital and therefore reduce the volume of trade the company is able to undertake.

The Act requires any director of a public company to call an extraordinary general meeting on becoming aware of the fact that, as a result of business losses, the companys net assets are worth half or less of its called-up share capital. The meeting must be convened within 28 days of the loss becoming known and must be held within 56 days.This meeting is instructed to consider whether any, and if so what, measures should be taken to deal with the situation. For this purpose, the net assets of a company are dened asthe aggregate of its assets less the aggregate of its liabilities, and so their value is revealed by the balance sheet. The speed with which the erosion becomes apparent will therefore depend on the frequency of preparation of balance sheets. The objective of this provision is to make the shareholders aware of the fact that the company has suffered major losses. Once this has been done, they are able to meet to consider possible courses of action to prevent the accumulation of further losses. However, the legal requirement to call a meeting may give rise to problems.The fact that a meeting has been called may cause a withdrawal of nance by, for example, banks and trade creditors, thereby bringing about a failure which might have been averted. Assets are valued for accounting purposes on the assumption that the business is a going concern. In the circumstances that lead to the calling of a meeting under the Act, the liquidation basis may be more appropriate.The use of liquidation values would, although prudent, possibly reinforce the assumption that the company is bound to fail and hasten its end.

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7 Liquidation
liquidation
Liquidation is the process whereby the assets of a company are realised and distributed to its shareholders and creditors.

Liquidation is usually caused by a company being unable to pay its debts as they fall due. In determining the companys ability to pay its debts, theAct requires all contingent and prospective liabilities to be taken into account.Therefore, a company may currently be solvent but may be forced into liquidation if it is apparent that it will be unable to meet some future obligation.When a company goes into liquidation, the administration of its affairs passes from the board of directors to an ofcial known as aliquidator. It is the duty of the liquidator to realise the assets of the company for as much as possible and to use the proceeds to pay its creditors and members in a specied order. The order of repayment is as follows:
Debts secured with a xed charge on an asset have rst priority and are repayable

out of the proceeds received from the sale of that asset. It is unlikely that the realised value of the asset will be exactly equal to the amount of the debt, and any surplus is used by the liquidator to meet the companys other liabilities. Great care must be exercised when there is a decit, that is, the value of the secured asset is less than the debt. In these circumstances, the secured debt effectively divides into two separate parts; the rst is covered by the secured asset to the extent of its value, and the second part ranks alongside, and therefore is added to, the unsecured creditors. The costs of liquidation. Preferential debts, which include certain taxes and sums due to employees. Debts that carry a oating charge, that is, they are secured on the companys assets in general. Unsecured creditors. Shareholders. The priority for repayment where there exist different classes of shares is determined by the terms on which the shares were issued. Preference shares are normally repaid in full before the ordinary shares, while the Act gives priority, within their particular class, to redeemable shares and any which the company has agreed to purchase but has not acquired by the time of liquidation.

worked example 10.10


The liquidator of Gone Ltd has sold all of the companys assets for 250,000 in cash. The nancial obligations of the company are: 000 Cost of liquidation Preferential debts Debts with oating charges Unsecured creditors Ordinary shareholders Required: (a) Calculate how much is received by each class of creditor and shareholder, showing clearly the order of priority. (b) Calculate the sum received by an unsecured creditor owed 2,500. 30 20 100 200 250

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Answers (a) The funds available are distributed as follows: Order of Priority Received from sale of assets 1 Less: cost of liquidation 2 Less: Preferential debts 3 Less: Debts with oating charges 4 Available for unsecured creditors 5 Ordinary shareholders receive nothing (b) An unsecured creditor owed 2,500 receives 50 pence 2,500 = 1,250. 000 250 30 220 20 200 100 100

Unsecured creditors are owed 200,000 and each receives 50 pence in the pound.

Each category must be paid in full before the next group receives any payment whatsoever.Thus, all preferential debts must be paid before creditors with oating charges receive anything and they in turn must be fully settled before any payment is made to unsecured creditors. A company that is insolvent when it is wound up is unlikely to be able to pay the full amount due to all its creditors and classes of shareholders; some receive less than the amount due, and others receive nothing.Within the class, where the liquidator runs out of money, the debts abate equally, that is, each creditor or class of shareholder receives the same proportional payment.

test your knowledge 10.7


List the order of priority of repayment to parties with claims against a company on liquidation.

A receiver may be appointed to enforce the terms of a secured debt if a company defaults in the payment of interest or capital when due, or behaves in a manner that threatens secured assets.The receiver takes control of the assets covered by the charge and realises them to provide funds to satisfy the terms of the loan. If the company remains solvent after the receivership is complete, management reverts to the directors. However, the appointment of a receiver is usually an indication that the company is failing and so liquidation, under the control of the liquidator, normally follows receivership.

8 Capital reconstruction
capital reconstruction
Capital reconstruction is a change in the capital structure of a company involving, for example, a reduction of capital, changes in the rights of classes of shareholders, the formation of a new company, with the aim of giving the existing company a fresh start.

Liquidation is not the inevitable outcome of a companys insolvency. It may be worthwhile to attempt to rescue the company by employing a capital reconstruction where the insolvency is due to specic, curable factors. For example, a company may have over-traded, and, if it is basically protable, an injection of additional capital may save it.Alternatively, a company may need time and nance to cease the production of unprotable lines and bring to the market new, protable products. In these circumstances, meetings of creditors and members are called to consider the acceptance of variations in their rights.To be acceptable, the proposed reconstruction must be more attractive to all parties than the alternative of liquidation.

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8.1 The variation of rights


The objective of a reconstruction scheme is to enable the company to continue as a going concern by the removal of the burden of immediate debts, the attraction of additional funds and the creation of a viable nancial structure.The reconstruction can be carried out by altering the rights of creditors and members in the existing company, or the activities of the old company may be taken over by a newly established corporate entity which accepts revised obligations to the old companys creditors and members, with the old company being wound up or dissolved. It is possible to vary rights in a number of ways on reconstruction:
The nature of the debt may be changed; for example, debentures may be converted

to share capital or creditors to secured loans.


The value of the liability may be changed; for example, the nominal value of ordi-

nary shares, which are likely to be of little or no value on liquidation, can be greatly reduced, or creditors may agree to forgo part of their debt. The return on the debt may be varied.Trade creditors could be offered interest to delay their claims, or debenture holders given higher interest to extend the term of the debenture. A combination of the three points above can be applied. For example, 8 per cent debentures with a face value of 100,000 repayable in one years time may be cancelled in exchange for 75,000 ordinary shares of 1 each and 50,000 debentures carrying 12 per cent interest and repayable in ten years time. The rights of creditors and members cannot be varied in an arbitrary manner; the Companies Act 2006 provides for meetings of all classes to be called and, if each of these approves of the proposed arrangement by a majority of at least 75 per cent, then, with the sanction of the court, it becomes binding on all the interested parties.

worked example 10.11


The following is the balance sheet of File Ltd on 31 December 20Xl: 000 Fixed assets at written down value Goodwill Inventories Receivables Payables Bank overdraft Working capital 8 per cent secured debentures repayable 31 December 20X8 Ordinary shares of 1 each Accumulated loss 90 85 175 85 40 125 50 280 130 150 250 100 150 The companys activities have been partially reorganised and a number of loss-making branches closed. It is forecast that prots will be made in the future, but reconstruction is necessary to enable the company to raise the further equity capital needed to complete the reorganisation The following scheme has been accepted by all interested parties: 000 180 50

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1 The assets are to be written down to realistic current values: 000 Fixed assets Goodwill Inventories Receivables 2 The accumulated loss is to be eliminated. 3 The existing 8 per cent debentures are to be cancelled. In return, the debenture holders are to receive 12 per cent debentures with a nominal value of 90,000 together with 35,000 ordinary shares of 1 each fully paid. 4 The payables are to be reduced by 25,000 and these suppliers agree, in return for an interest payment, to wait two years for their money. 5 Each existing ordinary share of 1 is to be written down to two pence. The two pence shares are to be consolidated into shares with a nominal value of 1 each. The ordinary shareholders agree to subscribe in cash for 60,000 shares of 1 each at par. Required: (a) Prepare the Reconstruction Account of File Ltd to put the scheme into effect. (b) Prepare the Balance Sheet of File Ltd after the scheme has been given effect. Answers (a) Fixed assets (1) Goodwill (1) Inventories (1) Receivables (1) Accumulated loss (2) 12 per cent Debentures (3) Ordinary shares (for debenture holders) (3) Note The number in brackets after each entry in the reconstruction account refers to the step in the reconstruction scheme given in the question. (b) Fixed assets Current assets Inventories Receivables Cash (W2) Non-current liabilities 12 per cent debentures Payables deferred for two years Financed by: Ordinary share capital (W1) 100 90 60 150 100 70 80 20 170 250 Balance Sheet after Reconstruction 000 000 80 Reconstruction account 000 100 50 20 5 100 90 35 400 400 8 per cent Debentures (3) Payables (4) Ordinary shares (5) 000 130 25 245 80 70 80

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Workings: W1 Ordinary share capital Issued to debenture holders Ordinary shareholders (reduced) Issued for cash W2 Cash Overdraft Cash from issue of shares 40 60 20 000 35 5 60 100

8.2 Implementation of a scheme of reconstruction


When a company is reconstructed, it is common to revalue the assets at realistic amounts and eliminate the debit balance on the income statement, if any. When the reconstruction does not involve the creation of a new company, a Reconstruction Account is opened to complete the bookkeeping double entries for the adjustments on reconstruction.This account is debited with reductions in the value of assets, the adverse income statement balance, and the creation of liabilities; it is credited with reductions in liabilities and increases in the value of assets. The corresponding entries are in the appropriate asset or liability account. InWorked Example 10.11, the amounts written off assets together with the removal of the accumulated loss were exactly balanced by adjustments to the claims from various providers of nance. The credit balance, which sometimes remains on the reconstruction account after the adjustments have been made, is a capital reserve and is shown in the balance sheet as part of equity.

8.3 The evaluation of reconstruction schemes


The providers of nance, when asked to participate in a scheme of reconstruction, should weigh the benets they might obtain from its implementation with the alternative, which is usually liquidation.A rst step in the review of any scheme is to consider the rights of each class on liquidation and reconstruction.The likely outcomes must be based on forecasts and so cannot be guaranteed as accurate but, because liquidation is more immediate, its results are open to less doubt. The timing of any prospective payments is also important when assessing the merits of a reconstruction scheme. For example, if the trade creditors were asked to wait a year before payment, they would expect some compensation for this delay. On liquidation, they would be paid in the near future and the cash received could be invested. To wait a year, they would require reimbursement of the interest forgone, plus perhaps an additional amount for the risk of leaving their money in a company that has been on the brink of failure.When the payment of sums of money is offered on different dates, an adjustment for interest is needed to enable comparison. For example, if funds can be invested at 10 per cent per annum and a creditor is offered the choice between 1,000 on immediate liquidation or 1,050 in one years time, liquidation is preferable since 1,000 could be invested for a year at 10 per cent to give 1,100 at the end of the year. Some of the costs and benets associated with reconstruction schemes are intangible and hence difcult to quantify. They should be considered nevertheless. For example, a nancial institution may wish to avoid unfavourable publicity that might result from putting a customer into liquidation, such as unemployment, and this should also be considered, together with the benet of future custom that will come from the rms continued existence.

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Sutherland Ltd is a private company. Three-quarters of the issued share capital is held by the directors or members of their families. The companys draft balance sheet as at the end of 20X5 was as follows: Balance Sheet at 31 December 20X5 Non-current assets Intangible assets: Tangible assets: Development costs Goodwill Land and buildings Plant and machinery Current assets Inventories Receivables Current liabilities Payables Bank loans and overdrafts Net current liabilities Total assets less current liabilities Equity Called up share capital (800,000 shares of 1 each) Share premium account Accumulated loss 800,000 50,000 232,000 618,000 Bank loans and overdrafts consist of a 10 per cent loan of 400,000 repayable in 20X6 carrying a xed charge on the companys land and buildings, and an unsecured overdraft of 287,000. The demand for the companys products fell drastically in recent years, owing to the import of high quality, and cheaper, products from South-East Asia. The development costs appearing in the balance sheet above relate to a new product that has been perfected to a marketable stage and for which there is believed to be a strong demand. The costs have been properly capitalised in accordance with the provisions of IAS 38. The company is in urgent need of capital to meet existing liabilities and the necessary new investment in plant and working capital. A scheme for nancial reorganisation has been drawn up for the consideration of shareholders and creditors. The terms are as follows: 1 The shares of 1 each are to be written down to 20p per share and subsequently every ve shares of 20p each are to be consolidated into one fully paid share of 1. 2 The existing shareholders are to subscribe for a rights issue of two new 1 ordinary shares, at par, for every share held after the proposed reduction and consolidation. 3 A major supplier agrees to exchange a debt of 180,000, included in payables, for 180,000 ordinary shares of 1 each fully paid. 4 In full satisfaction of the 687,000 owing, the bank agrees to accept an immediate payment of 87,000 and to consolidate the balance of 600,000 into a loan carrying interest of 13 per cent per annum repayable in ve equal annual instalments commencing 31 December 20X7. The loan is to be secured by a xed charge on the land and buildings and a oating charge on the companys remaining assets. 393,000 687,000 1,080,000 123,000 618,000 426,000 531,000 957,000 85,000 60,000 270,000 326,000 741,000

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5 The credit balance on share premium account and the accumulated loss and goodwill, considered valueless, are to be written off. The assets listed below are to be restated at the following amounts: Plant and machinery Inventories Receivables Land and buildings 125,000 210,000 500,000 320,000

A group of dissatised shareholders plan to oppose the scheme because: We have to bear the whole burden of the reorganisation whereas the bank loses nothing. The company has received a cash offer of 1,120,000 for its xed and current assets. Required: (a) The revised balance sheet of Sutherland Ltd at 1 January 20X6 giving effect to the proposed scheme for reorganising the company. (b) A report for the group of dissatised shareholders explaining whether they should accept or oppose the scheme. (c) A report for the bank explaining the matters to be taken into account in deciding whether it would be better to support the scheme or press for immediate liquidation of the company. Note Assume you are making the calculations and writing the reports on 1 January 20X6 and that no other changes occur. Answers Revised Balance Sheet at 1 January 20X6 Non-current assets Intangible assets: Development costs Tangible assets: Land and buildings Plant and machinery Current assets Inventories Receivables Bank balance (320,000 87,000) Current liabilities Payables (393,000 180,000) Net current assets Non-current liabilities 13 per cent bank loan Equity Called up share capital W1 Called up share capital: Original shares (reduced by 80 per cent) Rights issue Issued to major supplier 160 320 180 660 660 (W1) 600 660 213 730 1,260 210 500 233 943 000 000 85 320 125 530

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(b) The report for shareholders should cover the following points: (i) The holders of ordinary shares own the equity of the company; they benet from any increase in the value of the concern as the result of trading and must in turn bear the losses. (ii) If the company is liquidated, liabilities totalling 1,080,000 must rst be met out of the cash offer. This leaves just 40,000 for the shareholders (ignoring liquidation expenses), which is far less than the nominal value of the shares allocated to them on reconstruction. (iii) The shareholders are required to make a substantial cash injection which they should do only if they are condent about the companys future prospects. (iv) Provided prospects are sound, the shareholders will benet from the reorganisation as they retain ownership of nearly three-quarters of the equity shares and this entitles them to a similar proportion of future prots. (v) Past losses are eliminated and so the company can pay dividends as soon as prots are made. (c) The report for the bank should cover the following points: (i) On liquidation, the bank would receive the full amount due as the cash offer exceeds total liabilities by a sum that is probably sufcient to meet liquidation expenses. (ii) If the scheme is given effect, the bank will receive 87,000 immediately, but the remaining 600,000 will be recovered over a ve-year period. (iii) The bank will receive a higher interest rate and better security to help compensate for the need to wait longer for its money. (iv) The social and nancial effects of liquidation, such as the loss of a customer and the associated publicity, must be assessed. (v) Adequate security should be arranged; a xed charge on the land and buildings and a oating charge on the remaining assets would be appropriate. (vi) Prospects need to be sound for the bank to support the scheme.

test your knowledge 10.8


(a) In what circumstances is a capital reconstruction worthwhile? (b) Why would a creditor prefer repayment to be made immediately rather than in one years time?

chapter summary
This chapter deals with procedures designed to ensure,
as far as possible, that capital is maintained intact and, where a company gets into difculties, the accounting and nancial consequences of liquidating the company or undertaking a capital reconstruction in order to enable the organisation to continue in business.

You must be able to record the effect on the balance


sheet of a redemption or repurchase of shares whether nanced from the companys existing cash resources, from a new issue of shares or from a combination of these two possibilities.

A clear understanding of possible causes of business


failure is expected, as is the impact of a succession of losses on a companys nancial position.

You need to achieve an understanding of the difference


between accounting prot and distributable prot and be able to compute the latter in accordance with the relevant basic regulations.

You must be able to identify the resources available for


distribution, on liquidation, and the order of priority of claims against the available resources.

The accounting and nancial consequences of a bonus


issue of shares need to be understood.

You should be able to prepare a scheme for capital


reconstruction, be able to make appropriate adjustments to the business balance sheet and assess the rights of the various groups who are party to a reconstruction scheme.

The circumstances in which a company is obliged to


reduce its capital should be memorised.

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practice questions
10.1 State the basic rule for the calculation of the prots available for distribution by limited companies. 10.2 The liquidator of Errant Ltd has sold all of the companys assets for 500,000 in cash. The nancial obligations of the company are: 000 Cost of liquidation Preferential debts Debts with oating charges over all the assets of Errant Ltd Unsecured creditors Ordinary shareholders Required: Calculate how much is received by each class of creditor and shareholder, showing clearly the order of priority of payment. 10.3 The summarised balance sheet of Restructure Ltd as at 31 December 20X4 is as follows: Balance Sheet Sundry assets Equity and liabilities Ordinary shares of 1 each Share premium account Retained prot Equity 10 per cent convertible debentures 200,000 20,000 293,000 513,000 80,000 593,000 The ordinary shares balance includes 70,000 redeemable shares of 1 each issued at par value. The balance of retained prot is legally available for distribution. Required: A series of revised balance sheets for restructure at 1 January 20X5 taking separate account of each of the following schemes under consideration by the directors. (a) The company makes a bonus issue to existing shareholders, at par, of one new ordinary share, fully paid, for every share presently held. (b) The company makes a rights issue of two new ordinary shares for every ve shares presently held, at a price of 1.50 per share. (4 marks) (c) The debenture holders exercise their right to convert their loan stock into ordinary shares. The conversion is to be made at the rate of four ordinary shares for every 5 of debenture stock. The ordinary shares are currently valued at par. (d) The redeemable ordinary shares are redeemed at 1.60 per share. preference shares at par to help nance the redemption. (4 marks) (4 marks) (5 marks) (3 marks) 593,000 (4 marks) 60 40 200 800 500 (4 marks)

(e) The redeemable ordinary shares are redeemed at 1.60 per share. The company issues 20,000 8 per cent redeemable

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At a meeting between the directors and creditors of Eastgate Ltd held on 20 April 20X1, it was decided to liquidate that company. Certain facts and estimates were examined by the meeting. These included: (i) Balance Sheet of Eastgate Ltd at 19 April 20X1 000 Goodwill at cost Freehold property at cost Plant and machinery at cost less depreciation Quoted investments (market value 16,000) Current assets Inventories Receivables Current liabilities Payables Bank overdraft Working capital 12 per cent debenture Share capital (1 shares) Reserves at 31 December 20X0 Loss for 20X1 to date 70,000 68,000 2,000 102,000 (ii) The following asset values were considered to be relevant in a liquidation: Plant and machinery Inventories Receivables 10,000 47,000 160,000 209,000 68,000 277,000 25,000 152,000 50,000 102,000 100,000 108,000 194,000 302,000 000 22,000 45,000 48,000 115,000 12,000

There was signicant disagreement regarding the likely value of freehold property. The majority accepted a valuation of 60,000 recently obtained from a rm of surveyors. A minority argued that, in view of development potential in the area where this property is located, a sale gure of 150,000 is likely to be much nearer the mark. (iii) Eastgate Ltds bank holds a xed charge on the freehold property as security for the overdraft. (iv) Of the 209,000 payables, 57,000 was estimated as being preferential. (v) The debenture is secured by a oating charge over the assets of Eastgate Ltd, other than the freehold property. There are no arrears of debenture interest. (vi) Liquidation expenses are estimated at 6,000. Required: (a) Calculations of the amounts that would be received by each of the providers of nance, assuming that the majority view regarding the value of the freeholds is correct and that the other information proves accurate. You should show clearly the order of priority for repayment. correct. Note Ignore taxation. (10 marks) (10 marks) (b) An indication of the effect on the ndings under (a), if the minority view regarding the value of the freeholds proves to be

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10 CAPITAL REDUCTION, REORGANISATION AND RECONSTRUCTION 10.5 The following draft balance sheet relates to the affairs of Gonedes Ltd at 31 December 20X2. Balance Sheet at 31 December 20X2 000 Tangible xed assets Land and buildings Plant and machinery Intangible assets Goodwill Development expenditure Current assets Inventories Receivables Current liabilities Payables Bank overdraft (unsecured) Bank loan (secured on land and buildings) Net current liabilities Total assets less current liabilities Equity Called up share capital (1 ordinary shares) Share premium account Accumulated loss 6,000 2,000 (2,070) (5,930) The company has made a succession of losses in recent years, but recent board changes and the development of a new 1,820 1,100 4,000 6,920 (3,320) (5,930) 1,900 1,700 3,600 1,300 750 2,050 9,250 3,160 4,040 7,200 000

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product line are believed to have signicantly improved the companys future prospects. The following scheme for nancial reorganisation has been prepared for the consideration of shareholders and creditors. The existing ordinary shares to be written down to 10p each and then consolidated into 1 shares.

The existing shareholders to subscribe to a rights issue of three new shares at par for every one share held after making the changes set out in 1 above. The companys major supplier has agreed to convert the amount outstanding, of 1,000,000, into fully paid ordinary shares issued at par. The bank requires immediate repayment of the overdraft but has agreed to convert the loan, presently repayable on demand into an advance carrying 10 per cent per annum interest and repayable in four equal annual instalments commencing 31 December 20X4.

The balances on the share premium account, accumulated loss and goodwill account (considered valueless) to be written off. Development expenditure to be written off. The remaining assets to be restated at the following fair values. 000 Land and buildings Plant and machinery Inventories Receivables 3,320 1,000 1,500 1,700

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Some of the existing shareholders plan to oppose the scheme on the grounds that We are being expected to suffer the entire burden of past losses. They believe that they would be better off accepting a cash offer of 7,000,000 that has been received from a competitor for all the companys assets. Required: (a) The revised balance sheet of Gonedes Ltd as at 31 December 20X2, giving effect to the scheme for reorganisation outlined above. (b) A report for the shareholders explaining whether or not they should support the scheme. Note Ignore taxation. (10 marks) (10 marks)