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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Merricks For Sale

"It could be another three years before 1 000 investors are able to recoup the $128 million they pumped into the failed project at Merricks, St Philip.
The same goes for Barbadian creditors of the Harlequin property, including Government, which is owed about $700 000 in land tax.
Brian Glasgow, Bankruptcy Trustee for Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited - in Bankruptcy, has appointed Terra Caribbean in Barbados to find a buyer for the 70-acre property which was to be an upscale Harlequin resort. Work on the project stopped about four years ago.
Terra Caribbean has not put a price tag on the beach-front land but it is estimated that investors pumped £48 million into the project. At current exchange rates that is the equivalent of $128.5 million.
While those involved are hopeful that a sale can be concluded within six months, they have been told that in reality such transactions usually take between two and three years.
In his second report issued ahead of creditor meetings in St. Vincent and the United Kingdom (UK), last month, Glasgow told them: “It is [my] view that in order to achieve the best sale price, resources should be made available to conduct a sale over a reasonable exposure period and we expect that a sale will take more than six months and perhaps as long as 24-36 months.”
At their recent meeting in the UK, creditors were told that Terra Caribbean’s effort to sell Merricks would involve “a six-month open-ended marketing campaign in respect of the plot”.
“The campaign will be evaluated at the end of the marketing period and a decision taken on whether to continue with the open-ended approach, or to move to a structured process designed to drive towards a closing date. Current advice is that it has taken 24-36 months to achieve a sale of similar resorts,” said a memorandum from the Harlequin creditors briefing held in London on November 13.
In its information to prospective buyers, Terra Caribbean said the property “features 3 000 feet of cliff frontage as well as a cove beach to the southern boundary”.
“There is no guide price and all interested parties are invited to submit an offer. Additional details and site visits are available on request. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a large development site on the south-east coast of the island,” it added.
Glasgow did not give an update on the other Harlequin property in Barbados, the H Hotel in Hastings, Christ Church. Millions of dollars in debt is also tied up in that venture.
Glasgow said he would hold a further meeting of creditors in March or April next year." 
Source: http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/108935/bid-sell-merricks
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Took 'em a while ...

THE MERRICKS RESORT
BARBADOS
"The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) today charged David Ames, chairman of the Harlequin Group of companies, with three counts of fraud by abuse of position, contrary to section one of the Fraud Act 2006.

It followed a four-year investigation by the SFO, with Essex Police, into the group of companies.

The Harlequin Property scheme had endorsements from celebrities including former Wimbledon winner Pat Cash, golf legend Gary Player, football pundit Andy Townsend, TV property guru Phil Spender, and Liverpool Football Club.

Off-plan properties are those that are purchased by an investor before they have been developed or completed.

Ames, 65, a former double-glazing salesman from Wickford, Essex, began selling the properties at planned resorts across St Vincent, St Lucia, and Barbados, but many were never built, it is claimed by the SFO."

Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/768822/Harlequin-Property-David-Ames-Caribbean-fraud-Serious-Fraud-Office-Pat-Cash
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