The special administrator of Alpari UK, KPMG, has issued the second progress report on the bankruptcy proceedings of Alpari UK. Starting from the day of the appointment of the special administrator, until the 18th of January 2016, the costs associated with the work of KPMG have totaled £10.5 million ($15.1 million). The amount includes 24,370 hours at an average rate of £430 per hour.
According to the document, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has covered 13,590 client claims and has compensated them with $48.3 million distributed to 10,444 clients, which comes to an average of $4624 per client. Meanwhile total client liabilities are approximately $97.8 million.
After the initial payment of 55 cents in USD made to unsecured clients, KPMG estimates that the overall return to clients will be in the range of 75.0 cents to 80.8 cents on the USD. To date, KPMG has agreed to unsecured claims totaling £14 million ($20 million).
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KPMG also paid a dividend of 14p on the GBP to unsecured creditors on the 3rd of December 2015. While further payments to the unsecured creditors remain uncertain, the preferred creditors of Alpari UK have been paid in full. KPMG expects the final dividend to be paid by the middle of 2017.
After Alpari Japan was sold for $1.675 million to Swiss Dukascopy Bank, the Alpari Investment Consulting (Shenzhen) Limited company which was set up in China has been successfully de-registered and a sum of £3,108 was returned to Alpari UK.
ETX Capital, which agreed to purchase the clients of Alpari UK and offered them a transfer of their claims with the bankrupt brokerage into trading accounts with ETX Capital, has paid $1.2 million for the new clients it acquired. The report doesn’t shed light on the number of clients that ETX capital received from the deal.
Looking at the debt collection efforts of KPMG directed towards clients of Alpari UK, the process has continued to be slow with £323,597 collected from debtors with an additional £34,000 yet to be recovered. The process of debt collection has been complicated by the varying jurisdictions where the clients are located.