JJB Sports calls in administratorsMonday, 01 October 2012
Sports retailer JJB is to call in administrators today failed to attract a suitable offer. At the end
of last month, JJB announced a formal sale process and saw interest from “a number of parties” over the intervening weeks though the company has now confirmed that the offer period has ended.
Despite these offers to acquire the business, which have reportedly been made by companies including rival Sports Direct, the retailer does not expect an offer for company shares and as such is to appoint administrators, likely its advisers KPMG.
A statement from the retailer said: “The Board has determined that any sale of the trade, assets and brands will be effected through an administration process.
“Therefore it is expected that the process to commence the appointment of administrators of the Company and certain of its subsidiaries will begin today although the actual appointments are only likely to take effect just before the completion of any such sale.
“The Company currently hopes to be in a position to announce a sale of the trade, assets and brands of the Group within the next few days.”
JJB was keen to point out that it will continue trading from all of its outlets until the process is completed though it is expected that thousands of jobs may be lost as a result of this latest high street casualty.
Retail analyst firm Conlumino’s Managing Director Neil Saunders said that this sad conclusion was inevitable for the company adding that, although many may be interested in parts of the business, taking on the whole operation would be “neither attractive nor financially feasible.”