Holistic Blend, a Mississauga, Ontario-based manufacturer of natural organic pet food and pet health care products, was placed in receivership on June 12 on application by Bridging Income Fund, owed approximately $2.4MM. Despite routinely being unable to fund payroll, rent and production, the company maintained the support of Bridging for several years with promises of significant sales growth. Recently, however, it has become evident that this growth is not materializing, and the latest balance sheets and income statements show that the company is insolvent on a balance sheet and cash flow basis. On May 14, the company advised Bridging that it would stop selling pet food and focus on pet health supplements only. Having lost faith in the company's ability to manage its business, Bridging subsequently demanded repayment. BMO, owed $807.0M by the company, also did so shortly thereafter. KSV was appointed receiver. Counsel is Chaitons for the applicant, MacDonald Sager Manis for the company and Aird & Berlis for the receiver.
Hollander Sleep Products, a leading North American mattress and pillow manufacturer, obtained Canadian recognition of its US Chapter 11 proceedings on May 23. Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Hollander has 13 manufacturing facilities in the US and Canada and 2,370 employees across North America. It produces bedding products for well known license brands including Ralph Lauren, Simmons, Beautyrest, Nautica and Calvin Klein, in addition to manufacturing products under its own brands. Despite a healthy and growing sleep industry, the company cites several factors for its recent financial struggles, including a dramatic increase in the price of materials such as fiber, down and feathers and integration costs associated with the acquisition of a major competitor in June 2017. In Canada, the company maintains manufacturing facilities in Montreal, Quebec and in Toronto, Ontario, where it also has a sales office. KSV was appointed Information Officer. Canadian counsel is Osler for the applicant, Norton Rose for the Information Officer, Goodmans for the ABL lenders and Blakes for the term loan lenders.
Northfield Glass Group, a Moncton, New Brunswick-based manufacturer of insulated glass units that operated various divisions including City Thermo Pane and Economy Glass, had certain of its property and equipment placed in receivership on May 16 by way of a private appointment by BDC, owed approximately $1.2MM. Despite a $1.0MM investment from the provincial and federal governments in 2011 to modernize certain of its facilities, the group still suffered from inefficiencies in its operations and had not been profitable for the past few years. The group's main shareholder, Prelsecur, recently came to the conclusion that the operations of the group were no longer viable and decided to withdraw all financial support. The receivership is preceded by an assignment in bankruptcy that occurred on April 5. BDO is the receiver. EY is the bankruptcy trustee.
Mometal Structures, a Varennes, Quebec-based manufacturer and installer of non-conventional steel structures, was placed in receivership on May 8 on application by HSBC, owed approximately $7.8MM. In early April 2019, the company was placed in HSBC's loan management unit after a 13-week cash flow forecast indicated a $5.6MM deterioration in the company's margin position over a 10-week period. A revised forecast was provided by the company in April that showed no deterioration in the bank's position. This forecast, however, was predicated on the receipt of $11.0MM from EllisDon, the company's largest customer, as advances on future projects. By the end of April, these receipts did not materialize and the company did not have sufficient liquidity to continue operations. Deloitte was appointed receiver. Fasken is counsel for the applicant.
Topaz Cabinets, a Toronto, Ontario-based manufacturer of cabinets and countertops, filed for bankruptcy on May 1, listing $413.0M in liabilities. SLF is the bankruptcy trustee.
British Confectionery Company and British Baazar Company, a St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador-based manufacturer of specialty paper, obtained protection under the CCAA on April 29. The company, which focuses on manufacturing break-open lottery and promotional products, had previously filed an NOI on November 5. Attributing its financial difficulties to a variety of factors including product recalls, a fire at its production facility, and lower margins on new contracts, the company was able to attract an investor during the proposal proceedings. The investor's offer contained several conditions though, including the requirement that the province participate in providing financing to the company. Though the province seemed willing, it indicated that as a result of the calling of a provincial election, there would be a moratorium on such decisions until after the new government is installed. The company therefore converted its proceedings from the BIA to the CCAA to allow additional time for the province and investor to consider the transaction. Deloitte is the monitor. BoyneClarke is counsel for the company.
Ventana Windows & Doors Inc., a Toronto, Ontario-based vinyl window and door manufacturer, was placed in receivership on April 25 on application by RBC. BDO was appointed receiver. Aird & Berlis is counsel for for the applicant.
Best Made Toys International, a Toronto, Ontario-based manufacturer of plush toys for the wholesale market, was placed in receivership on April 23 on application by BMO, owed approximately $30.1MM. Founded in 1952, the company supplied products to major North American retailers such as Walmart, Target and Kroger but recently had been unable to meet customer demand due to manufacturing and supply chain disruption, which led to widespread order cancellations, penalties, large accounts receivable write-offs and lost future business. A sales process was conducted in March but failed to generate any bids for the business. Deloitte was appointed receiver. Counsel is BLG for the applicant and Goodmans for the company.
Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, a Toronto, Ontario-based company that produces and sells tobacco products in Canada, filed for protection under the CCAA on March 22. It is the third and last of the big three Canadian tobacco companies to obtain creditor protection this month. The company has two primary business segments: it is the second largest supplier of traditional tobacco products in the Canadian market, and it sells and distributes IQOS products, smoke-free electronic tobacco devices which it purchases from Philip Morris. In addition to two class action proceedings commenced against the company in Quebec, the company is a defendant to a number of other putative class actions, individual actions and government-initiated proceedings throughout Canada. The company has been held liable for approximately $13.5B as a result of the Quebec Appellate decision. EY was appointed monitor. Counsel is McCarthy Tétrault for the company, Cassels Brock for the monitor and Gowling WLG for Philip Morris.
Western Rocky Mountain Industries, a Grand Forks, British Columbia-based manufacturer of commercial waste disposal containers, was placed in receivership on March 18 on application by RBC. Grant Thorton was appointed receiver. Counsel is McMillan Dubo for the applicant and Thomas Butler for the company.