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Vintage Wine Announces Forbearance Agreement Extension with Lenders

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Vintage Wine Estates, Inc. (Nasdaq: VWE) has extended the forbearance agreement with lenders to June 4, 2024, deferring a $10 million principal payment to June 17, 2024. The lender group has agreed not to exercise any rights and remedies until the specified date, provided the company complies with the agreement terms.

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The extension of the forbearance agreement for Vintage Wine Estates suggests a short-term alleviation of liquidity pressures, allowing the company additional time to address its financial obligations. By deferring the $10 million principal payment, the firm secures a temporary reprieve which could support operational continuity and potential strategic refinancing or asset restructuring. However, investors should be wary of potential solvency issues, as reliance on forbearance indicates financial stress. Liquidity ratios and upcoming strategic moves will be critical to monitor. The postponement does not resolve underlying financial challenges but provides a window to strategize. Credit rating implications and the impact on cost of capital should also be considered.

Vintage Wine's agreement with its lenders to extend the forbearance period represents a important negotiation tactic, essentially buying time to potentially restructure its debts. The move reflects a tactical approach to debt management but does not necessarily imply improvement in the company's long-term financial health. Investors should note that debt restructuring, while offering temporary relief, might lead to diluted equity or higher long-term borrowing costs. The effectiveness of this grace period will largely depend on the company's ability to leverage it into a sustainable financial strategy.

SANTA ROSA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vintage Wine Estates, Inc. (Nasdaq: VWE and VWEWW) (the “Company”) today announced that the Company and its lender group have amended the amended and restated forbearance agreement dated April 2, 2024 (as amended, the “amended forbearance agreement”) to extend the forbearance period to June 4, 2024. The lenders have also agreed to defer the $10 million principal payment previously due at May 15, 2024 to June 17, 2024.

Under the amendment to the amended and restated forbearance agreement, the lender group has agreed to not exercise any rights and remedies until June 4, 2024, so long as the Company complies with the terms of the amended forbearance agreement and otherwise remains in compliance with the Second Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement.

About Vintage Wine Estates, Inc.

Vintage Wine Estates brings to market a unique portfolio of cider and Super Premium+ wines at $15+ per bottle. The Company leverages brand-affiliated wine clubs, tasting rooms, and owned ecommerce sites in conjunction with deep wholesale relationships to offer consumers a holistic, omnichannel experience.

Investor:

Deborah K. Pawlowski, Kei Advisors LLC

dpawlowski@keiadvisors.com

Phone: 716.843.3908

Source: Vintage Wine Estates, Inc.

FAQ

What is the stock symbol for Vintage Wine Estates, Inc.?

The stock symbol for Vintage Wine Estates, Inc. is VWE.

What was the original due date for the $10 million principal payment?

The original due date for the $10 million principal payment was May 15, 2024.

What is the new due date for the $10 million principal payment?

The new due date for the $10 million principal payment is June 17, 2024.

What date has the forbearance period been extended to?

The forbearance period has been extended to June 4, 2024.

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