The main issue with zombie businesses is that they are caught in a constant state of inability to foster business growth, despite the fact that many can cover their fixed costs, such as rent, payroll, and suppliers, for years or even decades. They can't, however, invest in expansion or research and development.
What are Zombie companies?
Zombies are businesses that make just enough cash to stay afloat and service debt but are unable to repay it. Given that they barely scrape by to meet overheads (wages, rent, and debt interest payments, for example), such businesses have no surplus cash to invest in growth.
Zombie companies face higher borrowing rates and could face insolvency or a rescue if a single unforeseen event occurs, such as a market interruption or a poor quarter performance. Zombies are particularly reliant on banks for funding, which is essential to their survival.
Although the term was coined to describe Japanese businesses, it has since spread to other countries, including the United Kingdom, which means that zombie businesses are now a burden on the UK economy as well. They're characterised as businesses that generate enough revenue to pay interest on their debt but not enough to earn a profit, or that rely on constant cash to stay afloat.
Many economists argue that the presence of an estimated 150,000 of these businesses is stealing market share and locking up talent that might otherwise be available to more dynamic and less indebted businesses.
What should I do if my company becomes one?
Zombie businesses are often the result of a lack of income and financial flow. In a healthy company, earnings outweigh expenditures; however, in a zombie company, outgoings are equal to or more than revenue.
With this in mind, we'll go over some of the steps you can take to avoid becoming a zombie company, as well as what to do if you do find yourself in this situation.
- Confront the core issue
- Gather crucial and relevant information as soon as possible
- Communicate with your customers
- Stop adding more costs and expenses
- Defer payments
HMRC may act fast to collect their money if they believe your firm is on the verge of going bankrupt. You must keep in mind that this arrangement is only for businesses that have proven to be viable but are currently experiencing temporary cash flow issues.
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