Parent of Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant Files for Chapter 11

Ascena Retail Group, the enterprise that owns Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant, has submitted for Chapter eleven personal bankruptcy protection and designs to close a major number of retailers, the enterprise stated.

The enterprise has posted functioning losses of $two.4 billion with only a single 12 months of favourable functioning revenue since the summer time of 2014 but stated the COVID-19 disaster scuttled turnaround makes an attempt.

Ascena, which was as soon as the most significant apparel retailer for ladies in the state, has been closing retailers for years. It stated it will forever close some Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant, and Lou & Grey retailers and a “significant” number of Justice retailers. It also stated it would forever close all retailers throughout all of its brand names in Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

The enterprise borrowed $230 million from present credit history strains, but it ended the third quarter in Might with $439 million in hard cash on its stability sheet and credit card debt of $one.three billion, warning there was considerable doubt about its potential to survive. It shut all retailers on March 18 due to the pandemic, furloughing 90% of its employees and withholding payments to landlords and sellers.

Dozens of retailers, including Brooks Brothers, JCPenney, and J.Crew have submitted for personal bankruptcy as COVID-19 wrought havoc throughout the industry, nevertheless some providers have noticed their inventory selling price make improvements to due to fascination by day traders.

Ascena stated it entered into a restructuring assist settlement (RSA) with more than 68% of its secured expression creditors that will decrease its credit card debt by about $one billion and give amplified financial adaptability. It has also been given $a hundred and fifty million in new capital.

“The RSA formalizes our lenders’ overwhelming assist for a complete program to deleverage our stability sheet, correct-sizing our functions, and inject new capital into the business,” interim govt chair Carrie Teffner stated.

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