A liquidator’s report filed at Companies
House last week shows Healthcare Events Ltd had net debts of more than £500,000
when it was placed into voluntary receivership by directors a year ago.
Liquidator Critchleys of Oxford said unsecured
creditors totalling debts of £627,000 had received ‘dividend’ payments of 18p
in the pound but “additional payments would be forthcoming”. This includes
payments owed to staff of £72,000. However, the overall shortfall is still expected
to exceed £500,000 after payment of preferential creditors.
The original shortfall was estimated at
£791,000 but was kept down by the swift action of directors, according to
Anthony Harris of Critchleys. Critchleys’ costs were £71,000 plus expenses.
The last filed accounts for the company to
June 2010 showed net assets of £385k with more than £500k of cash at bank and
were produced on a going concern basis although losses were being incurred at
that time. The notes to the accounts said: “The future is uncertain but costs
have been reduced, cash reserves remain strong and the company continues to
meet its financial obligations in a timely manner.”