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Liquidate my construction company

As many businesses have been told to ‘work from home where possible’, the construction industry has been given the green light to continue operations, albeit it in a COVID-safe manner.

Despite this, many sites have also witnessed periods where all operations have been temporarily suspended, either through higher than average levels of staff absences, or supply chain issues causing work to grind to a standstill. For others, projects have been put on hold by clients who may be weighing up affordability or future need for an existing build.

Those within the construction industry face further challenges with keeping the site COVID safe at all times, while still ensuring workers have enough flexibility to move around on site to get the job done. Construction companies and their directors have a duty of care towards staff, contractors, and visitors, and must ensure the site is kept clean at all times, with the ability for social distancing to be maintained.

The construction industry is notorious for late payment of invoices even in non-COVID times. This has the potential to stretch cash flow to breaking point for even the most profitable of companies. However, during times of greater than average financial pressures and with deadlines slipping due to staff shortages, when payment is not forthcoming when requested, the result can be catastrophic.

It is not all bad news for the construction industry, however. The government’s announcement of a stamp duty holiday until 31 March 2021, has provided a boost to the housing market, as demand for property, particularly homes valued up to the £500,000 limit where the biggest savings can be made, is driven up. While a booming housing market typically spells good news for those working in property building, caution needs to be exercised when trying to plan ahead.  It is yet to be seen whether the housing market will continue to sustain the soaring demand which has been witnessed over recent months once the stamp duty holiday comes to an end.

Understanding liquidation for construction companies

If your construction company has been hit with operational disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or halted projects has caused your cash flow to take a hit, you may be considering your options. If your construction company is insolvent – or you believe it is in danger of becoming insolvent in the near future – it is vital you understand your options for closing down the company in order to protect creditors.

Once your construction company becomes knowingly insolvent, your mindset must switch. You are no longer able to priorities the interests of the company and its shareholders/directors; instead you have a legal obligation to protect the interests of your outstanding creditors and ensure their expose to financial loss is not exacerbated any further.

In the event of your construction company becoming insolvent, you should make it your priority to enlist the advice and guidance of a licensed insolvency practitioner. An insolvency practitioner will be able to take an objective view of your construction company, including its financial position, and advise whether closure would be in the best interests of those involved. If so, this can be achieved by voluntary placing the company into liquidation via formal insolvency procedure known as a Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation – or CVL.

The liquidation of a construction company can only be entered into under the supervision of a licensed insolvency practitioner, and doing this will bring about the ultimate end of the company. All staff will be made redundant, company assets will be sold for the benefit of creditors, and any remaining debt will be written off unless you have secured this by providing a personal guarantee for the borrowing.  

Although liquidation is a last resort, if your construction company is unlikely to be able to turn around its fortunes in a timely manner, it may be the most appropriate option and can ultimately end up being the best result for both your employees and creditors who will be able to either claim redundancy or recover some of the funds they are owed respectively.

Support available for your construction company

In order to help businesses during the lockdown period and beyond, the government has introduced a range of measures designed to assist as many companies as possible at this time. These range from loans, deferral schemes, as well as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which allowed business owners to furlough their staff in instances where there was insufficient work for employees to do. The furlough scheme has been extended multiple times and is now set to last until March 2021.

Other measures which could help those running a construction company, include:

  • Government-backed loans via the the Bounce Back Loan scheme or, for larger businesses, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). Both offer commercial loans with a raft of appealing terms attached. These include a low rate of interest, the ability to take the loan over 10 years, plus no need to provide a personal guarantee. Additional support has also been promised to help businesses should they encounter difficulties in repaying these loans in the future.
  • VAT deferral meaning any UK VAT registered construction company who was due to pay VAT between 20 March and 30 June 2020, can defer this payment until 31 March 2021. Although this does not mean a reduction in the amount of VAT which will eventually need to be paid, it can help to ease the immediate pressures being faced, and gives construction companies additional time for their cash flow to recover.
  • For those construction companies with fewer than 250 staff as of 28 February 2020, who have seen a number of their staff having to self-isolate due to the virus, a Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rebate can be claimed from the government in order to repay the money paid out to absent staff. Construction companies can reclaim up to 2 weeks of SSP for every employee and while a doctor’s note will not be need to be provided, employers must ensure any staff absences and payments of SSP are duly noted and recorded.
  • Through the Kick Start Scheme, construction companies now have the ability to take on young people on 6-month placements which will be part subsidised by the government. This could be an ideal way to employ a group of keen individuals with minimal cost to you.

How we helped Nigel’s construction company


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Nigel’s construction company was performing well prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the company’s cash flow was sometimes strained due to persistent late payments from a number of key clients, the money always got paid eventually which was then used to fund materials and employee costs for the start of the next project.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the company was in the early stages of a major and lengthy building project which was expected to provide income for the business for at least the following 12 months. Materials had been ordered for the job, which had wiped out much of the company’s reserves. Nigel was already chasing payment from a previous job to no avail, and when the client asked for the project to be temporarily suspended while they assessed their own finances, Nigel began to worry how he would continue to pay his staff during this period of suspension.

Luckily Nigel was able to furlough his employees using the furlough scheme, although the company was still going to struggle to sustain itself for long with the existing cash flow problems.

After discussions with a Real Business Rescue insolvent practitioner, the company took out a flexible form of funding known as Construction Invoice Finance. This allows the company to draw down a portion of unpaid invoices immediately upon them being issued, rather than having to wait for the client to make payment. This not only helped to boost the company’s cash flow immediately, but also provides an element of long-term certainty, allowing for better cash flow management and planning.

Sell my construction company

Whether COVID-19 has caused your construction company to experience financial challenges or not, you may have taken the decision that you no longer wish to continue operating. This may be due to a change in focus on a personal level, the mounting logistical challenges involved in keeping your site COVID-safe, or a desire to retire and sell for a profit.

An independent construction company can be sold to either a connected or unconnected buyer, such as a local rival who wants to increase their market share in the area, or a party from a different locality, keen to get a presence in a new area. Regardless of who you are selling to, it is vital to understand whether your construction business is actually saleable before you go any further down this line of thought

In order to be desirable as an acquisition opportunity, your construction company will need to demonstrate its previous financial and operational performance, as well as details of any valuable connections the company has such as with government or local authorities.

Selling a business is often an arduous and complex process in ordinary times; attempting to sell a company in the midst of a global pandemic comes with its own set of challenges. Employing an expert to help you navigate the process could not only help mitigate the stress involved, but could also help accelerate the transaction, allowing you to complete in a more timely manner.

Out specialist corporate finance team are able to help determine whether selling your construction company is viable, and if so, we will be on hand every step of the way. From having your construction company independently valued, through to marketing the business for sale, contacting our network of investor contacts to secure a buyer, and ending with a mutually agreeable deal for all parties.

If, for any reason, we do not believe that your construction company will be appealing to the right set of buyers, your insolvency practitioner will be able to explore other options for saving the business if liquidation is not something you wish to consider.

Rescue my construction company

If you would like to look at ways to save your construction company, a licensed insolvency practitioner will be able to talk you through your options. Just because your business may be experiencing a number of financial and operational challenges as the coronavirus crisis continues, this does not automatically mean that it cannot be turned around.

An insolvency practitioner will first have to understand whether your construction company is viable, and if so, they will take the time to appreciate the challenges which have led up to your current position and look at ways of mitigating this. If your problems stem from irregular and unpredictable cash flow making it difficult for you to keep up with your payments to staff, creditors, and HMRC, plans can be put in place to ease this burden.

Many in the construction industry face problems with late payments of invoices, which can be an annoyance at best, and financially ruinous at worst. A form of invoice financing could be the ideal solution for you, as long as the business is otherwise operating successful. Invoice finance allows you to access an agreed portion of your unpaid invoices immediately; this can be done for invoices which are already outstanding as well as those you issue going forwards.

Although the invoice factoring company will retain a portion of the funds as payment for their services, the reassurance and predictability this type of arrangement can give to your company could be well worth it. Knowing exactly what you will get paid and when, allows for better forward planning, particularly when it comes to purchasing stock and ensuring you have adequate cash reserves to cover the business’s outgoings. 

If your construction company has suffered financially due to projects being paused, or cancelled altogether during the COVID-19 pandemic, and you have fallen into arrears with your creditors, entering into formal negotiations with them could allow you to restructure your existing debt to a more manageable level.  

This can be achieved through a legally-binding insolvency solution known as a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA). This type of arrangement will usually run for anywhere between 3-5 years and give a viable business the opportunity to renegotiate payment terms and existing lease agreements to give the company the best chance possible of survival. This type of arrangement can benefit both company and creditors alike. Companies can significantly lower their monthly payments, while creditors get reassurance that they will be able to recover a significant amount of the money owed even if this will happen over a longer period of time.

We can also consider the merits of placing your construction company into administration if it is deemed that more time is needed to formulate a robust plan going forward. This may entail the company going through a process of business simplification, particularly if it has a complex operation structure which needs to be streamlined in order to improve overall efficiency.

Director redundancy for owners of construction companies

Many directors of construction companies are also classed as employees of the business. This could be extremely important should your company become insolvent and enter a formal liquidation process. When a company is closed due to insolvency, all eligible employees will have the right to claim for redundancy and other statutory entitlements; as a director it is also likely you too will have a valid claim.

Just like your employees you will need to satisfy a certain criterion in order to be eligible for director redundancy, including having worked for your construction company for a minimum of two years, working for at least 16 hours per week in this role, as well as being paid a monthly wage through PAYE.

As part of the liquidation process, your appointed insolvency practitioner will be able to refer you to a fully regulated claims management firm who can help qualify your entitlement to claim.

 
Did you know - Limited Company Directors may be entitled to Director Redundancy Payments. Largest successful claim to date is £22,608.

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