Neiman Marcus Takes ‘Stunning Fall’ to Chapter 11

Neiman Marcus submitted for individual bankruptcy defense on Thursday with its strategies for a turnaround acquiring been derailed by the coronavirus pandemic.

CNBC reported the Chapter eleven filing was a “stunning fall” for the luxury office shop chain, which “had been having difficulties with competitors from on-line rivals and dwindling hard cash in advance of the outbreak.”

“The company took on an untenable amount of personal debt as part of two leveraged buyouts by non-public-fairness companies and did not react promptly ample to variations in searching routines,” The New York Moments reported. “Together, these developments remaining the group in a precarious placement even in advance of the virus hit.”

Neiman reported it would use the individual bankruptcy process to implement a restructuring arrangement with creditors that will empower it to substantially lower its $4 billion personal debt load and curiosity payments and continue on running “during the COVID-19 pandemic and further than.”

Creditors have agreed to deliver Neiman with $675 million in financial loans to fund functions as a result of individual bankruptcy. The company expects to arise from Chapter eleven in the drop, at which point its loan companies will become greater part homeowners of the business.

“Like most corporations currently, we are going through unparalleled disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put inexorable tension on our business,” CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck reported in a news launch.

As the Moments studies, the outbreak “has been disastrous for the previously weakened retail field,” with profits of outfits and equipment slipping by much more than 50 % in March. J. Crew submitted individual bankruptcy before this week.

Neiman, which has prolonged been regarded for its upscale model, robust buyer assistance, and Xmas Guide holiday getaway catalog, shut all 43 Neiman Marcus outlets, as properly as its two Bergdorf Goodman areas and Final Call shops, at the finish of March.

Van Raemdonck reported that prior to the outbreak, the company experienced “expanded our field-main buyer relationships, realized higher omni-channel penetration, and built significant strides in our transformation to become the preeminent luxury buyer system.”

The arrangement with creditors, he reported, “gives us added liquidity to function the business all through the pandemic and the money overall flexibility to accelerate our transformation.”

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