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By an order of 4 December 2017, the Local Court of Ravensburg appointed the restructuring expert Mr Michael Wahl from PLUTA Rechtsanwalts GmbH as the provisional insolvency administrator for Wochenblatt Verlag Ravensburg GmbH & Co. KG.
The publishing house publishes the “Wochenblatt”, a local advertising paper that appears each Thursday in Ravensburg, Bad Saulgau, Biberach, Riedlingen, Friedrichshafen, Lindau, Tuttlingen and Wangen. The “Wochenblatt” has a total circulation of approximately 400,000 copies.
The company filed for insolvency after the partner had decided to cease business operations at short notice and to proceed to liquidation. However, when drawing up the liquidation plan, the managing director realised that ceasing business operations would result in a shortfall of funds in the financial year 2018, which meant that it was inevitable to file for insolvency.
The PLUTA attorney Mr Wahl has already been able to obtain an initial overview of the situation that the company is in and is continuing business operations for the time being. He will also analyse the publisher’s chances of continuing to operate. The situation is difficult considering the decline in business and the high cost pressure that exists in the industry. The administrator will analyse the company’s financial situation and try to hold talks with potential buyers. The PLUTA restructuring expert said, “In the short term, we intend to produce the next issues that are to appear on 7 and 14 December. In parallel, we will check whether there are prospects for a successful future for the publishing house.” Alongside Mr Wahl, the PLUTA team also includes the business management expert Mr Reinhard Wünsch.
Currently, Wochenblatt Verlag Ravensburg has a workforce of 60 employees, whose salaries are secure for a period of three months thanks to the so-called insolvency substitute benefits. The company’s insolvency also affects its three subsidiaries: Wochenblatt Verlag Ravensburg Geschäftsführungs GmbH, MCT Media-Center Tuttlingen GmbH and WBL Pressezustellservice GmbH based in Ravensburg. These subsidiaries also filed for insolvency. MCT Media-Center Tuttlingen GmbH publishes the Tuttlingen issue of the “Wochenblatt”, with a total of 8 employees. WBL Pressezustellservice has a workforce of more than 1,000 mini-jobbers, who deliver the advertising paper each week in the area of distribution.