Yukon Zinc, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based company that owns the Wolverine Mine in the Yukon Territory, filed an NOI on July 31, listing $16.4 million in liabilities. The NOI filing comes a day before the hearing of the Government of Yukon's petition to appoint a receiver over the company. The Government of Yukon has grown increasingly concerned about the continually deteriorating condition of the mine site, as well as the company's failure to pay approximately $25.0 million in security outstanding since May, 2018. Over the company's objections, the court has granted a limited lifting of the stay to allow the Government of Yukon to proceed with its application to appoint a receiver. Alvarez & Marsal is the proposal trustee. PwC is the proposed receiver. Counsel is Fasken for the company, BLG for the proposal trustee and Dentons for the proposed receiver.
Miniso Canada, the Canadian-based retailer of Miniso, a global retail brand ("Miniso Global"), obtained protection under the CCAA on July 11. Launched in 2017, the Canadian company has grown to 67 stores across the country, operating under a license agreement with Miniso Global. A dispute arose in the fall of 2018 over the quantum of debt owed to Miniso Global which led to Miniso Global demanding repayment and filing a bankruptcy application against its Canadian partner. A forbearance agreement was ultimately reached in January 2019 between the parties that required Miniso Canada to, among other things, enter into good faith negotiations for the sale of the Canadian operations to Miniso Global. A transaction never transpired, and when the forbearance agreement expired on June 25, repayment was again demanded. Rather than appointing a receiver, Miniso Global elected to make an application for CCAA protection for the Canadian company so as to maintain enterprise value. Alvarez & Marsal was appointed monitor and has been given enhanced powers to manage the Canadian operations during the proceedings while a restructuring transaction is pursued. Counsel is Fasken for Miniso Global, McMillan for Miniso Canada and Dentons for the monitor.
ILTA Grain, a Surrey, British Columbia-based grain producer, filed for protection under the CCAA on July 7, listing $149.5MM in liabilities. Founded in 2011, the company has become one of the two largest processors of quality grains in Canada, operating from six state-of-the-art facilities in Saskatchewan. As part of its growth strategy, the company has made significant efforts to export its products internationally. Over the past few years, however, the company has faced increasingly challenging international trade conditions as countries such as India, China and Saudi Arabia have decided to limit, and in some cases, entirely discontinue their Canadian imports. The reduction in international sales, coupled with a highly leveraged balance sheet, has left the company without the working capital necessary to fund operations and service its debt. While under creditor protection the company will explore its strategic alternatives, including conducting a sale and investment solicitation process. PwC was appointed monitor. Stikeman Elliott is counsel for the company.
Quinsam Coal Corporation, a company which owned and operated a coal mine on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, filed for bankruptcy on July 3. The company produced high-quality thermal coal that was sold to the cement industry in British Columbia and to international cement and power-generating customers around the Pacific Rim. Due to a prolonged and steep decline in thermal coal prices, changes in market demand and a decline in productivity of the mine the company ran out of funding to continue operations. The mine ceased operating and was put into care and maintenance at the end of May 2019. The principal objective of the trustee is to attempt to sell and realize on the company's assets and to work with the province to facilitate the wind up and remediation of the mine. PwC was appointed trustee. Counsel is McMillan for the company and Cassels Brock for the trustee.
Waterway Houseboats, a Sicamous, British Columbia-based houseboat vacation business, was placed in receivership on June 11 on application by CIBC. A 2012 flood caused significant damage to the company's waterfront property and forced it to borrow heavily to repair its marina and upgrade its fleet. Two months after the flood, the company sued the province, the local district and neighbouring landowners. The case went to trial earlier this year and on April 16, the court issued its judgment. Although successful, the quantum of damages awarded was far less than what was needed and expected by the company. Alvarez & Marsal was appointed receiver. Counsel is Blakes for the applicant and Gowling WLG for the receiver.
Unison Construction Management, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based construction company, filed for bankruptcy on April 5. listing $9.2MM in liabilities, including $739.1M to BMO. The company's portfolio of commercial design-build projects include MNP's Vancouver offices at 1021 West Hastings Street. Grant Thornton is the bankruptcy trustee.
Soliman & Associates Law Corporation dba Lonsdale Law, a North Vancouver, British Columbia based law firm, filed an NOI on March 25, listing 658.5M in liabilities, including $332.5M to TD and $185.7M to CRA. Bowra Group is the proposal trustee.
Besco International Investment, a Richmond, British Columbia-based company that owns a 25-acre property in Port Hope, Ontario, had its property placed in receivership on March 18 on application by Weichang Yang, owed approximately $3.6MM. The company is a guarantor of Huigang Sun's obligations to Yang. In May 2017, Yang advanced the equivalent of $5.0MM (CAD) in Chinese currency to Sun. Contrary to their oral agreement, Sun failed to provide Yang with the agreed amount of Canadian currency in return. Although Sun eventually repaid some amounts to Yang, he did not have the funds to pay the remaining balance owing; as such, the parties agreed to extend the maturity date of the loan. As part of the negotiation of this loan agreement, the company and Yang entered into a guarantee agreement. The company's obligations are secured by a general security agreement ("GSA"), which granted Yang the right to appoint a receiver over the company's assets and property upon a default under the GSA. KSV Advisory was appointed receiver. Counsel is Fasken for the applicant, Rebecca Huang & Associates for the company and DLA Piper for the receiver.
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.
605673 British Columbia Ltd., doing business as A&J First Aid, a Chetwynd, British Columbia-based supplier of mobile first aid treatment centres and occupational first aid attendants for the construction industry, was deemed bankrupt on March 13 on application by TD, owed approximately $516.4M. The company had not been operational since late January 2019, and in February 2019, Expert Bailiffs, at the direction of CRA, seized 20 of the company's vehicles in respect of outstanding amounts owing to CRA. PwC is the bankruptcy trustee.