Hilco frontrunner in battle to save HMV
London, January 21, 2013
Restructuring specialist Hilco is the frontrunner in the battle to save music retailer HMV from administration, British media reported yesterday.
Hilco, which bought HMV Canada in 2011 and salvaged home goods firm Habitat, is favoured by an industry consortium, said the Sunday Times.
The paper said music labels and film studios, such as Universal, Warner, Sony, and 20th Century Fox were preparing a rescue package, keen to keep the 92-year-old retailer alive.
Options for the suppliers include cutting the prices of discs and giving the retailer generous credit terms, it said.
HMV, which has 223 British stores, is the country's last major specialist high street retailer of CDs and DVDs. It went into administration last week, putting over 4,000 jobs at risk.
Administrators Deloitte have received more than 50 expressions of interest in HMV, including from trade and private equity, a source familiar with the situation said.
Deloitte is also the administrator of DVD rental firm Blockbuster UK. Deloitte has received "a good level of interest" from potential buyers for Blockbuster, although less than for HMV, the source said, with some interested in buying the stores rather than the business.-Reuters