Bed Bath & Beyond announces store closures, layoffs and new financing to fix struggling business

Bed Bath & Beyond announces store closures, layoffs and new financing to fix struggling business

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A Bed Bath & Beyond store is seen on June 29, 2022 in Miami, Florida.
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Bed Bath & Beyond said on Wednesday that it has secured $500 million in new financing, and that it is laying off staff and closing stores as it seeks to fix its struggling business.

The home goods retailer announced the new financing in a news release ahead of an investor update early Wednesday. It is expected to share more details about its turnaround strategy.

The company said that it has gotten a $375 million loan through Sixth Street Partners, a lender that has provided financing to other retailers including J.C. Penney and Designer Brands. It has expanded $1.13 billion asset-backed revolving credit facility, too.

Bed Bath’s finances and its business are in a challenging spot. As the retailer has spent money on store remodels, new private brands and stock buybacks, its sales have slowed and its excess inventory racked up. Its net losses widened to $357.7 million in the most recent quarter. As of the end of May, it had about $100 million cash compared with $1.1 billion a year earlier.

That precarious position has endangered relationship with suppliers that it counts on to stock shelves and warehouses with goods — especially during important seasons like back-to-college and the Christmas season.

The company is also seeking cash in other ways. On Wednesday, it said in a filing that it will sell an undisclosed amount of shares The announcement caused the retailer’s stock to plummet in premarket trading.

Bed Bath’s shares have been on a meme stock-fueled rollercoaster ride for months, rocketing up to $30.06 and falling to a low of $4.38 in the past year. As of Tuesday’s close, shares are down about 17% year to date. Shares closed Tuesday at $12.11, down about 9%.

Read the company’s news release here.

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