The Western Province Rugby Union has been bought which will save the Union after it was liquidated.
The Union was liquidated after it was found to be bankrupt which came from, according to reports, financial mismanagement from the franchise. The Union has consistently lost money over the last fifteen years which led them to sell over a R100 million worth of assets.
Their woes were compounded when they were sued by Aerios (PTY) LTD because of a breach in contract that would have cost the Union R72 million before liquidation.
Western Province announce in a statement on Thursday that they had been bought.
“The joint provisional liquidator of WPR, Chris van Zyl, managing director of Mazars Recovery and Restructuring (Pty) Limited, would like to announce that pursuant to ongoing negotiations, the joint provisional liquidators of WPR have successfully concluded an agreement to sell the business of WPR on a going concern basis to a company wholly owned by the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU).
“The purchase price that has been achieved by the joint provisional liquidators for the business is more than twice the net asset valuation conducted by a large audit firm and verified by another independent audit firm.
“In addition it is more than 10 times the estimated value of the assets on a breakdown basis under forced sale circumstances.
“The purchaser has in addition to the purchase consideration, also agreed that it will pay all of the staff, players, team management, groundsmen and other salaries that are due for December 2016 so as to protect and preserve those employment contracts as well as the business itself. Going forward, the purchaser will be responsible for the payment of salaries.
“The agreement has been signed and the purchase price paid.
“It is important to note that in terms of SARU’s constitution the sole regulator of rugby in the Western Province and the only entity practically capable of purchasing the business as a going concern is one in which the WPRFU has a proprietary interest. This was confirmed by Judge Binns-Ward in his judgment delivered on 20 December 2016.
“No other binding offers which satisfy this requirement have been received by the liquidators.
“The good news therefore is that rugby in the Western Province has been saved and an exciting 2017 season awaits the loyal Western Province supporter fan base.”