UK Sparks: Hays plans £200m equity raise
Recruitment group Hays has announced an equity placing, targeting gross proceeds of around £200m. It hopes this funding will provide additional liquidity buffer and allow the group to pursue organic growth opportunities with new and existing blue-chip clients once the markets stabilise. At end-March 2020, its net cash position was £35m versus £13.2m at end-December 2019. The company has committed borrowing facilities of £210m, of which around £165m is currently undrawn.