Travelodge avoids collapse with restructuring

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Travelodge, the debt-laden budget hotel group, has staved off collapse with a radical financial restructuring that will see more than £700m of loans written off.

The 505-site chain – acquired by Dubai International Capital (DIC) in a deal worth £675m deal in 2006 – has also proposed to creditors a controversial insolvency procedure to slash its rental bill and offload nearly 50 under-performing hotels.

Under the debt restructuring, the investment bank Goldman Sachs and two hedge funds – Avenue Capital and GoldenTree Asset Management – have replaced DIC as the owners of Travelodge. Of the chain's bank debt of £635m, £233m has been written off and £71m has been repaid.

Travelodge delivered profits of £55m last year, but its debt burden had left the chain on the brink of administration. It has asked creditors to back a company voluntary arrangement to reduce rents on 109 hotels .

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