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Gymboree Misses Interest Payment, Prepares For Bankruptcy Filing

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 2, 2017 3:21 PM

Another company on the infamous Fitch “retail death list” has taken its first step toward bankruptcy.

On Thursday, distressed children’s clothing retailer Gymboree elected not to make the interest payment due June 1 on its outstanding 9.125% notes due in 2018, Debtwire reported, with Moody’s downgrading the company to D from CC on Friday, as it does not expect Gymboree to make the interest payment, “or any other payments on its debt obligations, and sees a general default given ongoing lender negotiations.”

While not exactly news – the WSJ previewed the inevitable Chapter 11 at the beginning of May – a Gymboree bankruptcy filing is now assured over the next month, and certainly by July 1 when the grace period expires. In March, the company posted a $324.9 million loss for its fiscal second quarter; same-store sales fell 5% in the period while EBITDA crashed.

In early May, the WSJ reported that Gymboree was looking to close 350 of its 1,200 stores as part of a broader restructuring under Chapter 11 protection. Buckling under its debt, the company has been in talks with its lenders who may or may not agree on a prepackaged bankruptcy. According to the WSJ, the company has contacted firms known for liquidating inventories and other assets during store closures.

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