Distressed Debt & Restructuring

2 days 1-2 Nov 2018, London UK £2,795.00 + VAT* Download brochure Add to basket

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Modular approach
The course can be taken in two modules of two days each.
The first module of two days covers:

  • Background definitions and recent statistics
  • Early warning signs and causes of distress
  • Detailed market, financial and ratio analysis of the financial statements of distressed and under-performing corporates
  • How to react to early warning signs
  • Standstill agreements

The second module of two days covers:

  • Background to restructurings, including central bank guidelines
  • Operational and capital restructuring solutions
  • Modelling under-performing credits and restructuring solutions in Excel
  • Valuing firms that are distressed or in default
  • Other issues in restructuring
  • Different creditor classes, collateral and monitoring

Who should attend

  • Bank credit officers
  • Investment bankers
  • Management consultants
  • Bond credit analysts
  • Fixed income/credit traders
  • Fixed income/credit sales people
  • Fund managers
  • Treasurers
  • Compliance officers
  • Financial decision makers in corporations


We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

Sarah Martin

Former Executive Director of CSFB and Lehman Brothers, the Course Director has spent seventeen years working as an investment banker in Europe and the US. She has principally worked in the credit markets and has experience of the US and European high grade and high yield markets, the European new issue markets, the Asian convertible bond markets and of corporate restructurings of distressed credits. She specialised in the telecoms sector and was closely involved in the structuring, raising and/or trading of bank and public debt for telecoms companies in many countries, including Europe, South Africa, Asia and Latin America. She also has extensive experience of corporate finance transactions, including mergers, disposals, privatisations, IPOs and capital raisings. Until 2003, she was an Executive Director at Lehman Brothers in Fixed Income Research in London, having also worked for CS First Boston and Kleinwort Benson. She now works on an independent basis advising the legal and private equity professions on credit analysis and company valuation. She has a degree in economics from the London School of Economics and stock exchange qualifications from London and New York.



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Module 2 - Distressed Debt & Restructuring


Day 3

Structural issues affecting the work-out

  • Issuer group structure
  • Impact of the creditworthiness of HoldCos, OpCos and off-balance sheet entities
  • Special purpose vehicles and bankruptcy remote entities
  • Will/can the parent support the OpCo?
  • Senior claims versus subordinated claims
  • Collateral and security considerations
  • The impact of guarantees, indemnities and other credit enhancements

Option 1: Operational restructuring for distressed entities

  • Restructuring objectives
  • Rescuing a business; halting decline and creating stability
  • Management – does the firm need new or additional directors?
  • Strategic analysis and new strategy
  • Reviewing the business and external reports
  • How to maximise cashflow generation

Option 2: New equity

  • Background considerations to capital restructurings
  • Equity injection
  • Shareholder loan
  • Equity cure 

Option 3: Revised debt terms

  • Amendment of financing terms - extended maturities, deferred amortisation, PIK, PIK toggle, cash sweeps
  • Evaluating the potential returns for revised financing terms - additional security, equity kicker/warrants, convertible loans, ratcheting exit fee, compounded PIK returns

Option 4: Debt restructuring/write-offs

  • Haircuts - debt for debt swap, discounted debt buyback, debt write-off with full or partial debt for equity swap, lenders sell debt at a discount
  • Assessing debt for equity swaps, executing the transaction and exit strategies
  • Allocating equity to lenders and new investors in a debt for equity swap
  • Types of equity instrument, structuring and valuing
  • Tax, legal and regulatory concerns for debt/equity swaps
  • Other options - engage suppliers in rthe restructuring, cashflow ring-fencing
  • Restructuring and M&A activity
  • Why restructurings do not always work

Case studies
Examples of distressed firms that have implemented these solutions; working out optimal solutions for distressed firms

Modelling for distressed credits in Excel

  • Introduction to comprehensive forecasting model
  • Forecasting assumptions for the IS, CF and BS
  • What are the key earnings and cashflow drivers for the distressed entity?
  • Tools and key indicators to help with forecasting for distressed firms
  • Covenants - setting revised, cashflow-based covenants and forecasting headroom
  • Structuring cashflow sweeps
  • Scenario analysis – what is required for the firm to turn-around? What could trigger further performance short-falls?
  • Use of liquidation models to assess each stakeholder’s economic interest

Case study: Modelling  distressed firms and restructuring solutions in Excel, including different scenarios

Day 4

Valuation of the firm and its assets

  • Valuing the firm on a break up basis or a going concern basis
  • DCF, multiples and NAV
  • Current value versus future value
  • Where does the value break?
  • Implications for enforcement action and recovery rates of unsecured and subordinated tranches

Other considerations affecting the work-out

  • Different types of rescues under English Law
  • Pre-packs
  • Dealing with holdouts, cram-downs
  • Hardening periods
  • COMI
  • Issuer group structure
  • Will/can the parent support the OpCo?
  • The impact of guarantees, indemnities and other credit enhancements
  • Special purpose vehicles and bankruptcy remote entities

Different creditor classes

  • Dealing with other banks - multi-creditor workouts
  • The London Approach and InSol 8
  • Bank groups and bond syndicates and their inter-action with borrowers
  • Individual actions with permission of other debt providers
  • Who has authority to act in syndications or lender groups
  • Conflicting interests among participants in group credits
  • Restructuring uni-tranche debt
  • Preferential claims and ranking of claims


Collateral and security enforcement

  • Rights of subordinated and non-secured creditors
  • What happens to collateral value during a default situation?
  • Maintaining collateral value
  • Can collateral have a negative value?


Monitoring distressed and non-performing debt

  • Agreeing forecasts with the borrower
  • Reporting requirements for the borrower
  • Agreeing new Heads of Terms with the borrower
  • Setting covenants and covenant testing
  • Board seats and management influence
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