Toy company who employ 41 seeks examinership

A toy-making firm that employs 41 people in Ireland is seeking to go into examinership.

Toy company who employ 41 seeks examinership

A toy-making firm that employs 41 people in Ireland is seeking to go into examinership.

The application for the appointment of an examiner was made in respect of Yvolve Sports Limited which makes products for the outdoors and sports markets.

The court heard the company's difficulties have been caused by factors including the bankruptcy of one of its major customers, Toy R Us, resulting in cash flow problems.

An independent expert report the court heard has said while the company is insolvent, Yvolve has a good prospect of surviving if certain steps are taken including the appointment of an examiner.

The matter came before Ms Justice Caroline Costello today who adjourned the matter to a date later this month.

The proposed examiner is Mr Neil Hughes of Tilly Hughes Blake.

His appointment was sought by Clovergade Ltd, which is a 36% shareholder in Yvolve Ltd.

The company's other shareholders are an Irish company called Diamondsideltd and a Tiawanese based firm called Sino Foreign Trading Company.

Ross Gorman Bl for Cloverglade said Yvolve spent some €7.7m on Research and Development in 2016 to increase its product range and expand into other markets.

However, the award-winning firm has got into difficulties because it expanded when one of its customers Toys R US filed for bankruptcy in the United States which owes the company US$1.3m.

Yvolve had "spent a lot of money on R&D but have not seen the fruits of that investment," counsel said.

Counsel said that there had also been a breakdown in relations between the Irish and the Taiwan based directors.

The company also owes a number of its Far East based suppliers money. In 2017 it had losses of more than €4.4m,

However counsel said the company had made profits from 2012 to 2016 and has built a recognisable brand. If certain conditions can be met counsel said the company can survive if various steps are taken.

These include the protection of the court, securing new investment, implementing changes to the board structure to ensure it functions properly.

There would also have to be acceptance of a scheme of arrangement by the firm's creditors, which would then require the approval of the High Court.

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