Barneys looks to survive as debts mount
September 04, 2019
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Bankrupt retailer Barneys New York was back in court Wednesday, aiming to finalize the debtor-in-possession financing needed to fund its reorganization.
The court date followed a whirlwind period marked by a report of a potential buyer and pushback from creditors over the luxury retailer’s $217 million DIP financing deal with investment bank B. Riley Financial and hedge fund Brigade Capital Management.
The case—which began when Barneys filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition Aug. 6—took a dramatic turn late last month as the creditors’ committee objected to the terms of the financing package, which had received interim approval.
As of July 6, Barneys had assets of $457 million and liabilities of $377 million, according to court papers. Entering Chapter 11 protection allows a retailer to break leases, noted Patrick Collins, a partner in the bankruptcy and restructuring practice at Farrell Fritz, which is advising a Barneys creditor. Barneys plans to shutter 15 stores to focus on five flagships, including the ones on Madison Avenue and in Chelsea, two outlet stores and e-commerce.
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