Intu threatens to default on debt unless lenders give some ‘breathing space’

Manchester's Trafford Centre is in crisis as the owners beg for breathing space from creditors

The shopping centre operator Intu said it will default on repaying its debts unless the lenders give them a payment holiday.

A combination of debt, falling footfall and the Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll in what has become a very 21st business problem. Intu’s only option from defaulting on paying off debts is to sell up even though it is unlikely they would find a buyer while some commentators feel administration is another option.

Intu who own the Manchester's Trafford Centre and is reported to have asked lenders to let them off repayments for the next 18 months. The firm also controls Lakeside in Essex which has an eye-watering £4.6bn worth of debt prior to the Covid-19 crisis and earlier tried to get investors to bankroll them out of the crisis with more than £1bn which was rejected.

Ian Carrotte of ICSM Credit said the problem was universal to the UK and much of the world as shopping habits changed and the Covid-19 crisis hit businesses.

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