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Carillion calls in accountant EY to cut costs

17 Juillet 2017

The Wolverhampton-based giant has hired EY after last week issuing a major profit warning after revealing a writedown of £845m related to three problem contracts.

Carillion announced last week that it was undertaking a comprehensive review of the business and capital structure, in an urgent quest to reduce borrowings and meet debt targets.

This article was published on 17 Jul 2017 (last updated on 17 Jul 2017).

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The firm, which also hired HSBC last week for extra financial advice last week, said today it has "identified a number of actions to reduce average net borrowing including further cost efficiencies, an increased focus on managing working capital and on recoveries and cash collection". Alongside our own efforts, EY will provide support across the business and bring an external perspective to our cost reduction and cash collection challenge.

He added the group aims to "simplify the business" and "demonstrate that value can again be created for shareholders".

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Carillion calls in accountant EY to cut costs