News that Rangers’ liquidators BDO have raised an action against the club’s administrators, Duff & Phelps, transported me back to an item we discussed in 2012.
By 31 October 2012 Newco was enjoying life under Charles Green, then heralded like some latter day Osmond brother, but all of us on CQN were more sceptical at the time. This is from the blog that day, titled Gratuitous Alienation rears its head again:
“I see Charles Green dismissed out of hand the suggestion that his new company’s property assets were worth in the region of £8.5m, as suggested in a recent blog [he may be referring to Celtic Quick News, but we made no comment on what the assets were actually worth], although he refrained from disputing heads of terms exist for the sale and leaseback of Ibrox, Murray Park and the Albion Car Park [which CQN reported].
Green told Talk Sport, “The blog I’ve seen said that we’re going to enter into a sale and leaseback for £8.5m, you can shove the offer where the sun don’t shine. We’ve got a valuation in the share prospectus in excess of £80m.”
Mr Green is clearly an experienced negotiator.
I am grateful to Paul McConville, who yesterday employed our favourite legal term, Gratuitous Alienation. It was June this year when Celtic Quick News suggested:
“Gratuitous Alienation [will]enter the lexicon soon. Gratuitous Alienation is the Scots legal term describing when property (or cash) is transferred to another party without any, or adequate, consideration.”
Paul reminds us that “Mr Green bought all the assets, including the right to over £3 million in cash due to the former Rangers, at a cost of £5.5 million. Now he says that the fixed assets are worth in excess of £80 million, and that a sale and leaseback at a price of £8.5 million is nonsense.
“If BDO challenges the transaction as a gratuitous alienation, then it is for the purchaser to establish that “adequate consideration” was paid for the assets. That is NOT the same as saying it was the best offer anyone made.
“If BDO do raise a court action, I struggle to see how Mr Green can state that he has paid “adequate consideration” for the assets. Maybe someone could ask him”.
I am absolutely sure Mr Green will be able to demonstrate that he paid adequate consideration for the assets. He is a resourceful and experienced businessman. If anyone is going to find newly established oil under the Ibrox pitch, he will.
I am also sure that BDO are far too busy to worry about such questions and that the interests of creditors are best served by forgetting about this whole business. Haven’t these poor creditors been through enough?”
It’s worth reminding everyone that Charles Green acquired the assets in question (Ibrox, Albion, Murray Park, trademarks and other IP) on behalf of Newco Rangers (called Sevco Scotland Ltd at the time of acquisition). The BDO case against Duff & Phelps is the next front in this story. If successful, it will not be the last.
How we miss Paul McConville’s analysis. After all this time I didn’t think this was going to happen. It’s been years since I’ve touched this stuff, I’d moved on.
‘Here we go again……….’