British HMV cuts Canada loose

British entertainment retailer HMV has disposed of its Canadian division, a unit comprising of 121 stores, in a sale to restructuring specialist Hilco UK raising £2 million to combat debt.
Round-up of today's M&A deals


British entertainment retailer HMV has disposed of its Canadian division, a unit comprising of 121 stores, in a sale to restructuring specialist Hilco UK raising £2 million to combat debt.
Round-up of today’s M&A deals

British entertainment retailer HMV has disposed of its Canadian division, a unit comprising of 121 stores, in a sale to restructuring specialist Hilco UK raising £2 million to combat debt.

Simon Fox, chief executive of HMV Group, comments: ‘The Board has fully explored the options available to it for HMV Canada, and believes that a sale to Hilco is the correct decision for the business at this time, whilst reducing the operating leverage in the continuing Group.’

Although the disposal is relatively small in comparative monetary terms, it follows HMV’s recent trend of financial and corporate restructuring. Earlier this month HMV secured a £220 million refinancing deal that will involve the British taxpayer taking a stake in the group.

The deal to sell the Canadian business comes soon after the completion of HMV’s shareholder backed disposal of its Waterstone’s book chain to Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut for a consideration of £53 million.

According to a statement the business is planning to move away from its traditional role as a high street music, film and video games retailer and move into the rapidly expanding e-readers and tablets market.
 
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Todd Cardy

Todd Cardy

Todd was Editor of GrowthBusiness.co.uk between 2010 and 2011 as well as being responsible for publishing our digital and printed magazines focusing on private equity and venture capital.

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