Hearts Debt Levels Revealed by Administrator

August 1, 2013

The administrator for Hearts has released the level of debt the Edinburgh club owes to various organisations.

Claims by club creditors total to £28.4m ($43.2m) with the majority owed to Lithuanian companies that were owned by former club owner Vladimir Romanov.

Ukio Bankas is owed £15.5m ($23.5m) and hold the club’s Tynecastle Stadium as security against the debt, cheap sale although the value of the property is less than that amount, unhealthy at £13m ($19.8m).

Administrator BDO wants a revaluation of Tynecastle but no details will be released ‘so as not to prejudice the current sale’ of the club.

Shareholders Ukio Bankas and UBIG are owed around £24m of the debt, meaning exiting administration via a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) would be dependent on administrators’ approval.

BDO have said in a report to all creditors that rescuing Hearts through a CVA is the first objective.

Hearts have further debts of around £1.9m ($2.9m) to HM Revenue & Customs, £90,000 ($136,172) to Edinburgh Council, £34,000 ($51,651) to the Big Hearts Community Trust and £18,500 ($28,104) to the Scottish Police Authority.

The Scottish FA is owed £5,500 ($8,355) and a host of other clubs are owed money from transfers – Liverpool, Rangers, Ayr United, Kaunas, Musselburgh Athletic, Livingston, Stenhousemuir and Musselburgh Athletic included, totalling £535,000 ($812,617).

BDO are owed £227,000 ($344,792) for their administration fees, although they will not take any payment until everything is agreed with those who represent he Lithuanian firms.