Armaguard gets $50 million bailout to keep cash moving

Business, Banking

Cash transport company Armaguard has secured its future for another 12 months after locking in a $50 million deal with its largest customers.

The agreement, funded by Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, NAB, ANZ, Coles, Woolworths, Bunnings and Australia Post, means Armaguard will receive monthly payments in exchange for efficiency and restructuring requirements.

Armaguard is Australia's sole distributor of bank notes and coins, there are concerns the country's cash economy would not survive if the company doesn't.

On Monday, the Transport Workers Union national assistant secretary Emily McMillan welcomed the deal saying 1400 workers were relieved to have some job security for the year ahead.

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She also said it was important for "wealthy banks and retailers" to ensure the long-term viability of cash-in-transit services.

"Regional communities and many in society still rely on cash transactions," Ms McMillan said.

The deal comes three months after Armaguard rejected a $26 million deal from the Australian Banking Association, the big four banks, Woolworths, Coles and Australia Post despite being told the company was not financially viable.

Instead, its parent company Linfox, owned by billionaire Lindsay Fox, announced it would pump $10 million into the business as Armaguard worked to find solutions to its financial woes.

Concerns over Armaguard's future prompted Coles to stop cash deliveries to its stores earlier this year, but the supermarket later reversed the decision.

It also reduced the amount of cash customers may withdraw in shops from $400 to $200, but there are no plans to unwind the change.

AAP has contacted Linfox for comment.

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