Log Book Loans' assets sold out of administration

Fri, 24 Feb 2012

Log Book Loans, which provided loans secured against customer’s vehicles, has entered administration.

A deal to purchase most of its assets was agreed soon after it entered administration on 13 February, though was not a pre-pack administration, Insolvency Today has reported.

The firms in administration, Nine Regions Ltd and Log Book Loans Ltd, both traded as Log Book Loans. Paul Ellison and Gareth Roberts of RSM Tenon are the appointed administrators.

The London-based firms both lost appeals to have their licences revoked at a tribunal in November 2011, after the Office of Fair Trading decided they were ‘unfit’ to hold them. At the hearing it came to light that Log Book Loans had been responsible for thousands of letters sent to borrowers threatening legal action, using the company name Adams Spencer & Philips (ASP).

It was discovered that customers had been given the wrong impression that ASP had the power to initiate legal proceedings on Nine Regions’ behalf. Log Book Loans had the authority to take control of its customers’ vehicles without going to court, and could chase them for any remaining cash owed after vehicles had been sold.

For the year ending 23 February Nine Regions recorded a gross profit of £16.4 million, with net assets of -£7.9 million.

Click here for the details on Log Book Loans in administration.

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