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Luminar reduces debt by more than £30m

15 September 2005
Luminar reduces debt by more than £30m

Disposals of underperforming assets and improved operating cash flow helped nightclub operator Luminar reduce debt to £140.4m during the six months to 31 August 2005.

In June it sold 49 non-core nightclubs to a management buy-in team for £27.2m, and signed a sale and leaseback deal in May raising £17m.

The company wants to sell its leisure division, which includes Chicago Rock Café and Jumpin' Jaks, but was disappointed by the low offers it received earlier this year and ring-fenced the business.

Several units were rebranded during the period and like-for-like sales for the year to date remained neutral in a "challenging" market.

Luminar's net debt in the same period last year was £173.3m. It operates nightclub brands Oceania, Liquid and Ignite.

By Chris Druce

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