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According to caterersearch, Coffee Republic is seeking to raise £800,000 with a share placing to wipe out its debt and provide working capital.

The coffee shop operator, which now has 200 units, has seen rapid site growth since it switched to a franchising model at the expense of turnover, which slid 39.8% to £5.8m in the year to 30 March 2008.

Although in the six months to 28 September 2008 weekly franchise and concession income covered head office costs, the company said its debt – held by Barclays – was still constraining its ability to fund its expansion with cash generated by the business.

Following a “debt compromise arrangement” with Barclays and the creation of 2,666,667 new shares, the company will be, in effect, debt free if the placing is approved by shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting on 1 December.

Originally posted by Cris Zimermann on November 19, 2008 in Franchise Site.

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