Penady (Barrie) Ltd ("PBL"), a Toronto, Ontario-based subsidiary of PenEquity Realty, a real estate investment advisor, and PRC Barrie were placed in receivership on March 25 on application by Choice Properties Limited Partnership ("CHP"), the beneficial owner of certain lands abutting real property owned by the companies (the "Barrie Property"). The Barrie Property is approximately 97% occupied, with tenants including Cineplex, Tim Hortons, and McDonald's. PBL, which has $68.2 million in liabilities, previously entered into a secured credit agreement with CHP to assist it with the development of the Barrie Property. During the course of this agreement, PBL defaulted on several occasions, including by missing payments. Although the agreement matured in January 2020, to date, all principal, interest, and other obligations under the agreement remain outstanding. The current monthly rent collected by PBL is insufficient to service its indebtedness and PBL has tried unsuccessfully to sell the Barrie Property for approximately 18 months. RSM was appointed receiver. Counsel is Osler for the applicant, Gardiner Roberts for the companies and Blaney for the receiver.
Accede Energy Services, a Lacombe County, Alberta-based integrated energy services company that provides oilfield equipment rentals and fire, safety, and medical aid services, was placed in receivership on March 23 on application by Sandton Credit Solutions Master Fund IV, owed approximately $28.8 million. In late 2016 and early 2017, Sandton took assignments of loans to the company from both ATB and Canadian Western Bank. The company had already defaulted on the loans prior to the assignments to Sandton, and additional defaults followed. As a result, and after a third forbearance agreement expired on February 14, 2020, Sandton issued a demand for repayment. FTI was appointed receiver. Cassels is counsel to the applicant.
Bolt Offsite, a Calgary, Albert-based designer and developer of modular building construction projects, was placed in receivership on March 12 on application by RBC, owed approximately $1.8 million. Since October 2019, RBC has continued to informally forbear from taking any enforcement steps while the company searched for replacement financing, but these efforts have been unsuccessful. KPMG was appointed receiver. Counsel is Osler for the receiver and Torys for RBC.
Nygard Group, a Winnipeg, Manitoba-based clothing brand, was placed in receivership on March 18 on application by White Oak Commercial Finance, owed approximately $25.9 million (USD). The entities within the Nygard Group had each filed an NOI on March 9 but the automatic stay of proceedings did not apply to White Oak, which had issued its Notice of Intention to Enforce Security more than 10 days prior. In breach of several conditions under its credit agreement, the Nygard Group has lost the trust of its lenders. White Oak alleges that it has not been receiving timely or accurate information, and several significant decisions were recently made by the group without White Oak's consultation, including the decision to close its retail stores, distribution centres and website. The proposal trustee too has only received limited information, leading it to conclude that it was not in a position to advise that the group was acting with good faith or due diligence. Richter was appointed receiver. Counsel is Pitblado and Osler for the applicant and Thompson Dorfman Sweatman for the receiver.
Kew Media Group (TSX:KEW), a Toronto, Ontario-based group that develops, produces, and distributes multi-genre audiovisual content worldwide, was placed in receivership, along with two of its subsidiaries, on February 28 on application by Truist Bank in its capacity as the agent for a syndicate of lenders comprising Truist, BMO, and TD (collectively, the "Lenders"). The production company, which was behind shows such as Dance Moms and The Inventor, owes the Lenders approximately $113.8 million. In November 2019, the company announced that its CFO, Geoff Webb, had supplied the Lenders with reports containing inaccurate information regarding working capital. As a result, the company defaulted on its $110.0 million credit facility. In January, the company further announced that its auditor, Grant Thornton, had withdrawn various audit reports as it could not rely on representations made by Mr. Webb. Shortly after, the Ontario Securities Commission issued a temporary cease order of the company's shares. Although TD Securities has been running a sales process for the company, it is apparent from the offers received that the Lenders will still suffer a significant shortfall on the company's debt. FTI was appointed receiver. Counsel is Dentons for the applicant, Goodmans for the group, Torys for the receiver, and Miller Thomson for BMO.
Copperline Excavating, an Edmonton, Alberta-based utility contractor, was placed in receivership on February 21 on application by RBC, owed approximately $2.0 million. The company had filed an NOI on January 31 but subsequently advised RBC that it did not intend to file a proposal to its creditors. EY was appointed receiver. Counsel is Dentons for the applicant and Parlee McLaws for Accord Financial, owed approximately $1.5 million.
AVG (OEAM), a Scarborough, Ontario-based automotive accessories operation, was placed into receivership on February 21 on application by RBC, owed approximately $9.8 million. The company, which was founded in 1985 as a distribution, engineering, and development partner for North American automotive OEMs, principally produced accessory parts for Nissan and Toyota. In August 2019, RBC and the company entered into a forbearance agreement after the company defaulted on its credit agreement with RBC. In September 2019, the company sought an extension of the forbearance period set out in the agreement after possible alternate financing fell through and the company could not meet the terms of the agreement. In order to consider the requested extension, RBC engaged BDO to prepare a report on the company's affairs. The BDO report disclosed that 85% of the company's listed accounts receivable were fabricated and certain accounts receivable were uncollectible. BDO was also appointed receiver. Counsel is Aird & Berlis for the applicant and Harrison Pensa for the receiver.
Bridge Attainable Housing Society, a Calgary, Alberta-based not-for-profit company, was placed in receivership on February 14 on application by the City of Calgary. By an agreement of purchase and sale ("PSA") with the City, the company agreed to purchase certain lands in Alberta for the purpose of developing an affordable residential housing project. Pursuant to this PSA, the parties agreed to enter into various loan and security agreements in favour of the City. The City alleges that the company did not perform a number of its obligations under these agreements. For example, the company failed to maintain in good standing its status as a not-for-profit organization, and failed to provide the City with audited financial statements for certain years. Given these ongoing issues, the City has lost confidence in the company's ability to oversee the housing project or protect the City's security. Grant Thornton was appointed receiver. Bennett Jones is counsel to the applicant.
Evergreen Consumer Brands, a Brampton, Ontario-based manufacturer and distributor of personal grooming products under brand names such as Daily Defence, Salon Selectives, and Silkience, was placed in receivership on February 13 on application by National Bank, owed approximately $4.4 million. The company, which defaulted on certain obligations under its credit agreement and forbearance agreements with National Bank, retained Alvarez & Marsal to assist it in obtaining replacement financing and to conduct a sale and investment solicitation process for the business ("SISP"). Although negotiations regarding proposals to purchase the business are ongoing, in light of the company's increasingly distressed financial situation, National Bank believes it is appropriate to appoint a receiver to take carriage of the SISP and identify the most favourable offer. Deloitte was appointed receiver. TGF is counsel to the applicant.
9265988 Canada Corp., a Toronto, Ontario-based that owns the property municipally known as 201, 227 and 235 King Road, Richmond Hill, Ontario, was placed in receivership on February 12 on application by MarshallZehr Group, owed together with other lenders approximately $19.0 million. Dream Maker Developments, the property's developer, was planning to construct 178 stacked townhomes on the property to be known as "Yonge & King Urban Towns". Since the loan was advanced to the debtor in the summer of 2018, however, there has been little progress on the development. No construction has commenced, and the debtor is still in the process of obtaining site plan approval. The lenders have not received a payment since October 2019 and the debtor has provided no information to suggest that it will be in a position to repay the loan on its maturity date. KSV was appointed receiver. Counsel is Chaitons for the applicant and the receiver.