Sears Holdings Fighting Bankruptcy

Sears Holdings Trying To Restructure To Avoid Bankruptcy

It’s no surprise to hear Sears Holdings is doing everything in their power to avoid going under. Recently they’ve closed low-performing stores, and invested more time and money into higher-achieving establishments as a reactive measure. However the CEO Eddie Lampert is making the biggest push yet to restructure the company to avoid going bankrupt. Lampert has been trimming costs to keep debt at bay and the company afloat. If Sears Holdings fails to cut costs, they will be starring at a $134 million payment on Oct. 15.  Lampert has been working close with ESL Investments – their hedge fund – to work restructure liabilities. If this works, the board could sell off $1.75 billion in assets and remain only $1.24 billion in debt. This would reduce their debt by almost 80 percent. That and on top of selling $1.5 billion worth of property for former retail locations, to generate liquidity to pay off more debt.

A significant restructuring tactic is Sears selling the Kenmore appliance brand and Craftsman. But will this be enough to lower debt, keep customers happy and allow Sears to climb out of their debt? This may be a way just to delay the inevitable, however per our last posting – E-commerce Comes Back To Help Brick And Mortar – there are lessons to learn from the e-commerce leaders. If Sears Holdings adopts the instant gratification model and creates hassle-free experiences online shopping involves, they could potentially see an increase in traffic.

It is unclear whether Sears’s debtholders will continue to support these efforts, or if they will recommend the company close its doors.

Read the full CNBC article here.

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Here We Go Again – Sears Holdings Closing More Stores

The trend continues – Sears Holdings announced that they will close 46 more stores by November. Of those stores, 33 are Sears and 13 are Kmart. This announcement follows the news in June that the company was already planning on liquidating almost 100 other stores. Liquidation sales for these stores will begin the week of Aug. 27.

The company stated they will continue to evaluate their network of stores and make further adjustments as needed. Sears has been continually trimming its real estate footprint as sales dwindle and shoppers turn more to online shopping opportunities. Their stock has dropped 85 percent the last year and they are in the midst of evaluating a bid from Lampert’s to buy the Kenmore appliance brand for $400 million. That’s more than triple the price of Sears current market cap.

Read more on Sears Holdings and get a full list of the stores closing here.

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Sears Closing 72 Stores in the Near Future

Sears Holdings announced this week that they have identified one hundred additional stores that continue to be unprofitable. Representatives of the company say they are not liquidating just for the sake of liquidating, instead their plan is to get capital in order to fulfill pensions for their employees. The department store chain has found themselves in a constant cycle of closing low performing stores to reduce costs. But even as expenses were cut, sales continued to fall further.

At the end of the first quarter, Sears and Kmart had 894 stores operating. That’s 381 fewer than it had a year ago. In January 2018 the company announced the closing of 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores. Some locations are even being auctioned off online.

CEO of Sears Holdings said they’re not erring on the side of “this store might work,” however instead of investing the time and money, they’re staying on the cautious side.

To read the full CNBC story, click here.

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DEA and States Share Prescription Drug Information to Combat Opioid Abuse

The Drug Enforcement Administration and attorneys general from 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will now share prescription drug information with one another to help with criminal investigations tied to opioids. The DEA will provide data from its Automation of Reports and Consolidated Order Systems, which collects 80 million transaction reports annually, and the attorneys general will provide the DEA information from their state-run prescription drug monitoring programs. Better information means better decisions . That means the 48 attorneys general and DEA can prosecute the criminals who are contributing to our national drug emergency… Keep Reading.

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Bon-Ton Announces the Closing of all Department Stores

The Bon-Ton Stores, a chain of department stores that trace its origins to 1854, applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February, but failed to find a buyer. With a significant geographic operating footprint and operating presence, the store is dependent on traffic. “Foot traffic” for stores has decreased as customers shift increasingly toward online retailers,” said the company. The company says big retailers like JCPenny, Kohl’s and Macy’s are squeezing them out.  Bon-Ton is the parent company of Younkers, Carson’s and more. The stores will hold liquidation sales until late July.  Keep Reading…