Patisserie Valerie to fold without fresh capital
Patisserie Valerie could collapse into administration as soon as this morning as time runs out to find a rescuer for the stricken cake chain.
The group’s parent firm Patisserie Holdings issued a stock market update yesterday saying that it will cease trading without an “immediate” cash injection after discovering a major black hole in its finances. If chairman Luke Johnson, the group’s majority shareholder, or another rescuer does not step forward with emergency funds overnight, the firm will be forced to appoint administrators. Mr Johnson, a serial entrepreneur, is the largest shareholder in Patisserie Holdings with a 37 per cent stake. PwC, which is working with the firm on its financial position, is the most likely to carry out the insolvency, but several other corporate undertakers are also thought to be waiting. – PA