Recap: May bankruptcies

CNN summarized May’s bankruptcy filings by retailers and other consumer industry operators, including a few covered in this space as well as some new notes. Among them:

  • Department store chains JC Penney and Neiman Marcus
  • Discount home goods retailer Tuesday Morning
  • and Gold’s Gym, which vows, “We are absolutely not going anywhere.”

As noted in the article, “A bankruptcy filing doesn’t necessarily mean a company will go out of business. Many use bankruptcy to shed debt and other liabilities while closing unprofitable operations, in hopes of emerging leaner and stronger. … Still, many other brands that have filed for bankruptcy with the intention of staying in business didn’t survive.”

One Axios commentator thinks the corporate bankruptcy wave has just gotten started, noting that many of the ones to date had pre-existing financial stressors prior to the lockdown period. More filings are likely to follow as the full impact of the virus on retail sales becomes more clear.

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