The finish might be close to for struggling retailer Bed Bath & Beyond, as it warned in a regulatory submitting Thursday that it acquired a discover of default from its lender, JPMorgan Chase. Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) plunged greater than 20% on the information, to about $2.56 a share.
The firm stated in its SEC submitting Thursday that “at the moment, the Company doesn’t have enough assets to repay the quantities below the Credit Facilities and this may lead the Company to contemplate all strategic options, together with restructuring its debt below the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.”
Bed Bath & Beyond defaulted “on or round” January 13, in accordance with the Securities & Exchange Commission submitting. As a end result, collectors are demanding rapid cost.
Bed Bath & Beyond might be pressured to file for Chapter 11 chapter reorganization on account of its monetary woes.
The firm added that it can be slicing prices, reducing capital expenditures and shutting shops and distribution facilities.
Founded in 1971, Bed Bath & Beyond grew to become a staple for reasonably priced dwelling decor, kitchenware and faculty dorm room furnishings. The retailer grew to become identified for its ubiquitous 20% off blue coupons, and cavernous shops with merchandise stacked excessive to the ceilings.
But the corporate struggled to make the transition to on-line buying and fend off bigger chains equivalent to Walmart (WMT) and Target
(TGT) (TGT). Many buyers switched to these opponents because the novelty of Bed Bath & Beyond’s coupons pale – shoppers can discover loads of cheaper options on Amazon
(AMZN) (AMZN) and different on-line websites.
The firm was additionally hit exhausting through the pandemic, closing shops quickly throughout 2020 whereas rivals remained open. The firm misplaced 17% of its gross sales in 2020 and 14% in 2021.
Bed Bath & Beyond has rotated via a number of totally different executives and turnaround methods in recent times, together with former Target govt Mark Tritton, who left the corporate final yr after lower than three years as CEO.
As of February 2022, Bed Bath & Beyond had 950 shops and 32,000 staff. The firm additionally owns youngsters’s retailer buybuy Baby.