Troubled minibond provider Blackmore hit the news again over the Christmas period after missing a third consecutive interest payment and falling overdue with its annual accounts.
Rather than regurgitate the last two articles, we’ll examine the important issues in depth.
Q: Why has Blackmore stopped paying interest?
A: Blackmore has defaulted on three quarterly interest payments, starting in August. August’s was eventually paid a week late; Blackmore blamed a clerical error.
September and December’s payments remain unpaid. Blackmore has now blamed Brexit and delays in selling property.
Blackmore Bond is to delay its already-late October interest payment again, The Times reports.
Days before its October interest payment fell due, Blackmore announced that payment would be unilaterally delayed until November. That deadline has now also been missed.
Blackmore Bonds has delayed paying quarterly interest on its bonds for a second time.
Investors received an email from Blackmore director Patrick McCreesh saying that the payment due in two days' time would be delayed until 29th November.
Blackmore's last interest payment at the end of July was also delayed by a few weeks. In that case Blackmore blamed a "clerical error". This time around Blackmore has blamed "circumstances outside their control". At least they didn't try to blame Brexit.
The Times reports that Blackmore Bond is "set to" extend its accounting date again.
Blackmore Bond plc should have filed its December 2018 accounts by June 2019, but used the one-day-shortening loophole to legally delay filing accounts for three months. That three months expired on Friday 27th. The Times says that Blackmore will delay for another three months, which almost certainly means using the shortening loophole again.
Blackmore Bonds, which issues unregulated loan notes in its property development business, is a few days late in paying quarterly interest to some investors, according to reports in Money Marketing and the Telegraph.
According to Bond Review readers and The Telegraph, Blackmore's switchboard is jammed with worried investors and it is not answering emails.
A few days before it feel overdue with its annual accounts, Blackmore Bonds plc has used a loophole in the Companies Act to delay filing.
Blackmore Bond plc’s accounts for the year ending December 2018 would normally have become overdue on 30 June 2019. On 27 June Blackmore shortened its accounting period by a single day, giving it another three months before it legally becomes overdue.
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