Monday, June 20, 2011

Sampling ”Uisge Beatha” (The water of life)

The GoIndustry DoveBid Valuations Team recently went north of the Border into the Scottish Highlands to sample some of the local “Water of Life”. Unfortunately the sampling was restricted to the completion of our inventory appraisals rather than the quality of the spirit held by both the whisky distillery and the independent bottler of single malt whiskies whose inventories we were appraising.

Given the bespoke nature of the inventory and the specialist market in which the client’s company operated, the commencement of our site work involved several pre-visit conference calls with the lenders credit staff and the involvement of an Independent Whisky Industry Expert whom we engaged as a Consultant to provide additional depth to our analytical work.

The independent bottling division was looking to raise working capital to facilitate the further acquisition of maturing whisky casks with the purchase to be completed by mid December. Working to very tight timescales the Valuations Team completed three separate and much bespoke inventory reports for the lender. The depth of detail within the reports which included both a going concern and a brokerage valuation ensured the deal was sanctioned within the required timescales to facilitate the completion of the cask purchase.

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