Purple and white smoke finally came in April: the capital increase was unanimously approved by the board of directors. The financial process was finally completed this morning.
Owner Mark Cook, who can still claim an outstanding debt of 50 million euros, is waiving the club’s debt. In addition, he contributes to the capital increase in a total amount of 42 million euros.
Another part of this was contributed by Mauvavie, the car that Chairman Wouter Vandenhaute and Geert Duyck built together to support Anderlecht. Stephen Boyes and Michael Lafresen, two major Anderlecht supporters, will also participate.
Capital raising has always been a topic of discussion with minority shareholders. A solution was also found there: Michael Verschoren and Johann Berland sold their stakes to major shareholder Mark Cook. Vershoren will remain director with Etienne Davignon.
“The rescheduling of debts and a new capital of 42 million euros would allow RSC Anderlecht to return to a healthy club again,” the club said. “The club is taking on this challenge under the leadership of our new CEO, Peter Verbeke.”
“The modus operandi that Peter has introduced into the club’s sporting department over the past year and a half will therefore be extended throughout RSC Anderlecht. All this with one goal: Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht wants to regain its leading position in Belgian football. As soon as possible and beyond.”
“Finally, Anderlecht would like to candidly thank its supporters, partners and shareholders for their trust, patience and steadfast belief in the purple and white story. Today we look to the future together with confidence.”
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