USGFX administrators selling client list, as creditor claims climb
The USGFX Australia bankruptcy saga continues, with administrators BRI Ferrier sending out a letter to creditors of the company (see full text below) indicating some problems they are having in carrying out their duties – and in getting the cooperation of USGFX’s shareholder Hein Min Soe in the process.
BRI Ferrier stated that they are already embarking on a due diligence phase with potential buyers for bankrupt USGFX’s business and assets – mainly, its client list. The administrator noted that it is hopeful that a sale can be completed by the end of August, which would add more cash to be distributed to creditors of Union Standard International Group Pty Ltd, which operated USGFX Australia.
However BRI said it was having “real concerns” as to the company’s true financial position at the time it entered administration. BRI said that there were a large amount of creditor claims submitted for the first creditors meeting, which far exceed those disclosed in the company’s financial records. That disclosure matched our FNG Exclusive report from earlier this week that unveiled claims that USGFX provided a service to hold client funds in bank accounts and earn interest, rather than for trading purposes.
BRI also mentioned that it was experiencing “substantial difficulties” gaining access to USGFX‘s trading platforms and data, and as such it has been unable to determine the true financial position of the Company. The administrator said that these issues have resulted from the company’s shareholder (i.e., Myanmar entrepreneur Hein Min Soe) refusing to assist or comply with what it calls reasonable requests for access. BRI said it is attempting to resolve these issues and obtain access urgently.
The full text of the letter sent today by BRI Ferrier to USGFX creditors follows:
30 July 2020
To the Creditor
CIRCULAR TO CREDITORS
Dear Sir or Madam
UNION STANDARD INTERNATIONAL GROUP PTY LTD (ADMINISTRATORS APPOINTED) ACN 117 658 349 (“THE COMPANY”)
I refer to Andrew Cummins and my appointment as Joint and Several Voluntary Administrators of the Company on 8 July 2020, and to previous correspondence on this matter.
We advise that an application to extend the convening period was heard by Justice Stewart of the Federal Court of Australia on 28 July 2020. That same day, Justice Stewart granted our request and made Orders extending the convening period to 18 September 2020, and other ancillary orders.
The Orders extend the Voluntary Administration timeline, by extending the date by which the Second Meeting of Creditors is to be convened, to not later than 18 September 2020. By this date, the Second Report to Creditors will be issued providing at least five (5) business days notice ahead of the second meeting of creditors.
In accordance with the Court’s directions, this circular has been emailed to all known or potential creditors of the Company, and a copy of these Orders and the Interlocutory Process have been published on our website: http://briferrier.com.au/about-us/current-matters/union-standard-international-group-pty-ltd
We sought these orders for the benefit of all creditors, and note the following critical matters:
Firstly, we have real concerns as to the Company’s true financial position. There was a large amount of creditor claims submitted for the first creditors meeting, which far exceed those disclosed in the Company’s financial records. We are investigating these claims as a matter of priority, so that the creditors’ positon can be accurately reported and those parties can determine the future of the Company at the Second Meeting of Creditors.
Secondly, we have experienced substantial difficulties gaining access to the trading platforms and data, such that we have not been able to determine the true financial position of the Company. Much of these issues have resulted from the shareholder refusing assist or comply with our reasonable requests for access. We are currently attempting to resolve these issues and obtain access urgently.
Thirdly, we are currently offering the business and assets of the Company for sale publicly. A number of parties registered interests in the business and assets (in part or as a whole) and we are now embarking on a due diligence phase. That sale process will take additional time, beyond the ordinary Voluntary Administration timeframe. At this stage, we anticipate that the sale process will run conclude in late August 2020, however it is too early to determine what offers will be forthcoming or the return that may be available for creditors.
Finally, you will be aware that there are clients with open positions and that a formal request has been made to clients to close their open positions prior to 7 August 2020. The extension of the convening period will allow time for clients to close-out and crystallise their claims, such that they can vote at the Second Meeting of creditors where the future of the Company will be determined.
Should you have any further queries, please contact our office on (02) 8263 2300 or [email protected]
UNION STANDARD INTERNATIONAL GROUP PTY LTD
Joint and Several Administrator