BBBY Shares Plunge 24% as Bed Bath & Beyond Hints at Bankruptcy

UTC by Benjamin Godfrey · 3 min read
BBBY Shares Plunge 24% as Bed Bath & Beyond Hints at Bankruptcy
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Amid the growing concern in the shares of BBBY, the stock is down by as much as 23.23% after previously hitting an All-Time Low (ATL). 

An American chain of domestic merchandise retail stores Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ: BBBY) has finally given a more concerning insight into its distressed financial state and has hinted at a potential bankruptcy as a way to move forward from its current woes. The company has been recording low sales, further fueling a liquidity crunch that has left the firm to consider other viable restructuring means to stabilize the brand. All this has had a negative impact on BBBY shares.

The company’s Chief Executive Officer Sue Gove, who took over when former CEO Mark Tritton hit a brick wall in performance back in June last year, said the focus remains to implore new ways to reposition its brands including Bed Bath & Beyond, Buybuy Baby and Harmon to “remain destinations of choice for customers well into the future.”

With bankruptcy one of the firm’s extreme getaway options, it is also looking at reducing its store footprints and continuing with its aggressive cut in workforce. Earlier, Gove confirmed that the company had secured $500 million to pilot its transformation. However, slowing sales across the board as evidenced by the empty shelves across its active stores are giving a bitter glimpse of the tough times ahead.

“Transforming an organization of our size and scale requires time, and we anticipate that each coming quarter will build on our progress,” she said.

Bed Bath & Beyond is in search of a new Chief Financial Officer following the suicide of its former executive Gustavo Arnal back in September last year as reported at the time by Coinspeaker.

Whether or not the demise of Gustavo added to the company’s dilemma is unclear, however, what remains obvious is the net loss of about $385.8 million incurred in the third quarter ended November 26, down 40% from the year-ago period.

Bed Bath & Beyond has been battling rejections from its suppliers, a trend that has kept its competitors including Target in an advantaged position.

BBBY Shares and the Bankruptcy Scare: Encompassing Norm

Amid the growing concern in the shares of BBBY, the stock is down by as much as 24.69% after previously hitting an All-Time Low (ATL).

The company’s distress remains obvious but in the broader financial ecosystem, its bankruptcy will not necessarily come as a shock to many. In reality, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc’s woes date back beyond last year, and judging by firms who displayed healthy financials, it is undoubtedly not going to outdo FTX Derivatives Exchange if it decides to file for bankruptcy.

While bankruptcy remains one of its likely lifelines, CEO Gove is optimistic the company can pull through its challenges. At the moment, she said the firm is using the funds earned during the holiday season to repay the vendor it owes so it can easily restock its shelves and place additional orders for new goods.

Bigger retailers like Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) are also showing signs of distress with more than 18,000 workers have been reportedly laid off.

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Benjamin Godfrey

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