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Richoux – significant (discounted) management investment, but clear challenges remain for former Prezzo boss

By Steve Moore | Saturday 17 June 2017


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I previously wrote on restaurant group Richoux (RIC) in April, with the shares at 20p, concluding that there looks much turnaround work to do in an admitted “difficult” period for the sector and with it also placing ahoy, I avoid. The company has now made a “Completion of Subscription & Director Transactions” announcement.

This reports that it has raised £4 million at 16p per share, including CEO Jonathan Kaye taking £0.5 million of the subscription, other Kaye family members £0.9 million and other directors £1.5 million.

This follows the appointment of Jonathan Kaye in October and the shares then crashing from above 25p on the results announcement for the company’s year ended 25th December 2016. They were 19p on the announcement of the subscription, with the subscription proceeds to “be used for general working capital purposes”.

It’s thus discounted shares for the management, but new funds were clearly needed and at least they’ve significant ‘skin in the game’. However, the April results announcement made it clear that there was much turnaround work to do – and there’s continuing evidence that the sector is facing quite a storm.

I’ll continue to monitor the progress of this ex-Prezzo management here with interest, but currently will certainly be continuing to avoid the shares.


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