Bed Bath & Beyond, a home goods retailer, is facing financial difficulties as it has reportedly "run low on funds" and missed an important interest payment.
The company confirmed that it failed to pay back a total of approximately $1.2 billion in bond coupons and holds $550 million in loans with JPMorgan Chase & Co as well as $375 million from a facility through Sixth Street Partners.
The payment was due on February 1, after which bank lenders with JPMorgan Chase & Co said that the retailer defaulted as it failed to repay amounts borrowed on its credit lines. The company failed to pay more than $28 million on three collections of notes on Wednesday.
Bed Bath & Beyond has been preparing to file for bankruptcy and announced that it will be closing an additional 87 stores this year. The company has been making preparations to file under Chapter 11 bankruptcy for weeks, as it has been running low on funds, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The company has a 30-day grace period to pay off the interest and said:
We continue to work with our advisors and implement actions to manage our business as efficiently as possible. Multiple paths are being explored and we are determining our next steps carefully, and in a timely manner.
If the company does not pay the sum within the grace period, it will not reverse the initial default on other loans it currently holds.
Bed Bath & Beyond's financial woes follow massive store closures and low net sales last year. During the company's third-quarter ending in late November, net sales were approximately $1.26 billion, much lower than the $1.88 billion it was at the same time in 2021. In addition to this week's store closures, Bed Bath & Beyond is also closing all Harmon Face Values stores and Buy Buy Baby locations.
The financial struggles of Bed Bath & Beyond have led to multiple store closures and a decrease in net sales. The company has a grace period of 30 days to pay off the interest, but if it does not, it will not reverse the initial default on other loans. The future of the company remains uncertain, but it is clear that it is facing significant financial difficulties.
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