👗New Chapter 11 Filing - J&M Sales Inc./National Stores Inc.👗

Another day, another retailer in bankruptcy. Today, J&M Sales Inc., a “leading discount retailer” with $5-average-price goods in 344 stores in 22 states — operating under the names Fallas, Fallas Paredes, Fallas Discount Stores, Factory 2-U, Fallas and Anna’s Linen’s by Fallas — finds itself in bankruptcy court. The company offers value-priced merchandise, including apparel, bedding, household supplies, decor items and more; it generally supports underserved, low-income communities and can be found in power strip centers, specialty centers and downtown areas. All of its locations are leased.

The company blames (i) general retail pressures, (ii) bad weather (specifically hurricanes Harvey and Maria), (iii) a data breach (and a attendant $2mm reserve account set up by the credit card companies) and (iv) poor integration of growth acquisitions (e.g., Conway’s) for its chapter 11 filing. These company-specific factors may help explain why this company is apparently bucking the national trend of discount retail success (see, e.g., Dollar Tree).

The company intends to use the chapter 11 process to shop itself as a going concern and close at least 74 stores. The company makes no mention, however, of the extent of the sale process and there is no stalking horse bidder currently lined up. The company will seek approval of a (no new money?) $57mm DIP credit facility as well as credit support from certain “Critical Vendors” on a second and third lien basis.

  • Jurisdiction: D. of Delaware (Judge Silverstein)

  • Capital Structure: $57mm ABL (Encina Business Credit LLC/Israel Discount Bank of New York), $30mm term loan (Gordon Brothers Finance Company), $13.4mm Letters of Credit, $10mm Fallas Loan

  • Company Professionals:

    • Legal: Katten Muchin Roseman LLP (WIlliam Freeman, Karen Dine, Jerry Hall) & (local) Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Richard Pachulski, Peter Keane)

    • Financial Advisor: SierraConstellation Partners LLC (Curt Kroll)

    • Investment Banker: Imperial Capital LLC

    • Real Estate Advisor: RCS Real Estate Advisors

    • Liquidation Agent: Hilco Merchant Resources LLC

    • Claims Agent: Prime Clerk LLC (click on company name above for free docket access)

  • Other Parties in Interest:

    • DIP Agents: Encina Business Credit LLC (Legal: Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, Kevin Simard) & Discount Bank of New York (Legal: Otterbourg PC, Daniel Fiorillo)

New Chapter 11 Filing - Arecont Vision Holdings LLC

Arecont Vision Holdings LLC

5/14/18

Arecont Vision Holdings LLC, a California-based manufacturer of high-performance IP cameras and video surveillance solutions, has filed for bankruptcy to effectuate a sale to an affiliate of Turnspire Capital Partners. 

The company sells its products to a variety of industries including data centers, government, retail, financial, sports, and healthcare. End user customers include big names like Wells Fargo, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and others. In addition to holding several patents, the company counts a litigation claim against a once-secured-but-ultimately-failed-buyer, NetPosa, in the amount of $50 million among its assets. NetPosa signed a share purchase agreement in early 2017 for the purchase of Arecont for $170 million but the deal fell through while awaiting regulatory review. Apropos to the current international trade environment, NetPosa is a publicly-traded Chinese company. 

Speaking of China, the company notes, "The Debtors' performance has been negatively impacted by increased competition from Chinese manufacturers who are able to produce and sell products at lower price points." This combined with other factors, stemmed the company's previously demonstrated compound double-digit growth from 2007 through 2016; it then experienced a dramatic EBITDA decline in 2017 from $72.7 million to $41.7 million. 

To address this decline, the company engaged in a number of cost-reduction initiatives including shedding employees and outsourcing component and subassembly work to Asia from the US. Contemporaneously, Imperial Capital initiated a sale process. Enter Turnspire Capital. 

  • Jurisdiction: D. of Delaware (Judge Sontchi)
  • Capital Structure: $73.2mm secured debt (AIG)    
  • Company Professionals:
    • Legal: Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Ira Kharasch, Joshua Fried, Maxim Litvak, James O'Neill)
    • CRO/Financial Advisor: Armory Group LLC (Scott Avila, Allen Soong)
    • Investment Banker: Imperial Capital LLC 
    • Claims Agent: Omni Management LLC (*click on company name above for free docket access)
  • Other Parties in Interest:
    • Stalking Horse Buyer: Turnspire Capiral LLC
    • DIP Agent: Cortland Capital Market Services LLC
    • ($4mm) DIP Lenders: American General Life Insurance Company, American Home Assurance Company, The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York, The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company, American Home Assurance Company and United Guaranty Residential Insurance Company

New Chapter 11 Filing - Bertucci's Holdings, Inc.

4/16/18

Bertucci's, the well-known Massachusetts-based restaurant chain with 59 casual family dining restaurants has filed for bankruptcy in order to effectuate sale to Right Lane Dough Acquisition, LLC. The company is owned by an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

As we discussed in a recent Members'-only write-up, the casual dining space has been under siege for some time. The company notes,

"With the rise in popularity of quick-casual restaurants and oversaturation of the restaurant industry as a whole, Bertucci’s – and the casual family dining sector in general – has been affected by a prolonged negative operating trend in an ever increasing competitive price environment. Consumers have more options than ever for spending discretionary income, and their preferences continue to shift towards cheaper, faster alternatives. Since 2011, Bertucci’s has experienced a year-over-year decline in sales and revenue."

To combat these trends, the restaurant implemented what seemingly every company selling a product is trying today: experiential something-or-other. It brought back its original executive chef and deployed quarterly food and wine pairings, specialty menus, express lunches and wine specials to draw and cultivate customers. Taking a page out of Domino's book, it also invested in and launched a mobile app. These measures -- along with attempts to streamline operational costs and re-negotiate leases -- were meant to help stop the bleeding. While millions of dollars of costs were taken out and 29 unprofitable leases identified (all of which the company intends to reject immediately), revenue could not support the company's debt and working capital needs. The company defaulted on its credit facility late last year. 

The company has determined that a sale of the remaining business is the best option for maximizing value to its stakeholders. What's that value, you ask? $1.7 million in cash, a credit bid against the DIP credit facility of no less than $4 million (which is the full principal amount of the DIP), and $14 million in new second lien notes. 

  • Jurisdiction: D. of Delaware 
  • Capital Structure: $37.9mm secured 1st lien term loan (CIT Bank), $29.6mm secured 2nd lien term loan (DV, an affiliate of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners), $42.9mm secured holdco first lien term loan (DV)  
  • Company Professionals:
    • Legal: Landis Rath & Cobb LLP (Adam Landis, Kerri Mumford, Kimberly Brown, Jennifer Cree) & (special counsel) Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP (Adam Harris) 
    • Investment Banker: Imperial Capital LLC
    • Real Estate Advisor: Hilco Real Estate LLC
    • Claims Agent: Prime Clerk LLC (*click on company name above for free docket access)
  • Other Parties in Interest:
    • Stalking Horse Bidder: Right Lane Dough Acquisition, LLC
      • Legal: McDonald Hopkins LLC (David Agay)
    • 1st Lien Agent: CIT Bank
      • Legal: Holland & Knight LLP (Brent McIlwain) & (local) Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP (Robert Brady)

New Chapter 11 Filing - Model Reorg Acquisition LLC (aka Perfumania Inc.)

Model Reorg Acquisition LLC (Perfumania Inc.)

  • 8/26/17 Recap: New York-based vertically-integrated specialty retailer (226 retail locations, mostly mall-based) and wholesale distributor of perfumes and fragrances (to the likes of Sears, Target, Walmart and Walgreens) filed for bankruptcy pursuant to a prepackaged plan of reorganization. The company is seeking approval of a $83,750,000 Wells Fargo DIP facility ("DIP") which will roll into an exit facility. What caused the filing? The overall retail bloodbath, naturally. Since 2015, the company has lost tens of millions of dollars, closed 105 retail locations, decreased the pace of brick-and-mortar openings and focused efforts - like the rest of the retail world - on e-commerce expansion. This way you could buy your one gallon bottle of CK One online rather than in a crappy mall stall. Awesome. The structure of this case is as follows: the DIP requires a completed case within 90 days to ensure that the reorganized (and newly private) company can take advantage of Q4 seasonality. The prepackaged plan leaves general unsecured creditors unimpaired and reinstates the unsecured notes. It also provides a $2/share recovery for shareholders who opt-in to a release of principals (notably, the shares were trading at $1.33/share at Friday's market close). The stockholder consideration will be paid via a $14.26mm equity infusion, which also serves as consideration for 100% of the reorganized equity. The transaction also preserves approximately $40mm of net operating losses and other tax attributes that will inure to the benefit of the owners. 
  • Jurisdiction: D. of Delaware (Judge Sontchi)
  • Capital Structure: $175mm senior credit facility ($18.78mm funded)(Wells Fargo Bank), $125.4mm unsecured debt +$54.8mm accrued and unpaid interest (3 different notes). Public equity ($PERF).     
  • Company Professionals:
    • Legal: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP (J. Gregory Milmoe, Lisa Laukitis, Raquelle Kaye, Anthony Clark)
    • Financial Advisor: Ankura Consulting Group LLC (Stephen Marotta)
    • Investment Banker: Imperial Capital LLC (Robert Warshauer)
    • Real Estate Advisor: A&G Realty Partners LLC (Andrew Graiser)
    • Liquidators: Hilco Merchant Resources LLC & Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC
    • Claims Agent: Epiq Bankruptcy Solutions LLC (*click on company name above for free docket access)
  • Other Parties in Interest:
    • Agent to Senior Credit Facility: Wells Fargo Bank
      • Legal: Otterbourg P.C. (Daniel Fiorillo)
    • CIII Holdings LLC
      • Legal: Nastasi Partners PLLC (Ancela R. Nastasi, Marshall E. Tracht, Moshie Solomon, William S. Katchen, Andrew Gottesman) & (local) Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP (Robert Dehney, Curtis Miller)

Updated 9/18/17

First Day Declaration filed 8/26/17

First Day Declaration filed 8/26/17

New Chapter 11 Filing - Keystone Tube Company LLC (A.M. Castle & Co.)

Keystone Tube Company LLC (A.M. Castle & Co.)

  • 6/18/17 Recap: Publicly-traded ($CASL) Illinois-based specialty metals distribution company with customers in some hard hit sectors of late, e.g., oil and gas, retail, mining, defense, filed a prepackaged bankruptcy case to de-lever its balance sheet. 
  • Jurisdiction: D. of Delaware 
  • Capital Structure: $112mm first lien debt (Cantor Fitzgerald Securities), $177mm
  • 18 12.75% second lien notes (US Bank NA), $22.3mm '19 5.25% convertible third lien notes (US Bank NA)     
  • Company Professionals:
    • Legal: Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Richard Pachulski, Jeffrey Pomerantz, Maxim Litvak, John Lucas, Peter Keane)
    • Financial Advisor & Investment Banker: Imperial Capital LLC (Joseph Kazanovski)
    • Claims Agent: KCC (*click on company name above for free docket access)
  • Other Parties in Interest:
    • Ad Hoc Lender Committee (At Filing: Corre Partners Management LLC, Highbridge Capital Management LLC, SGF Inc., Pandora Select Partners LP, Whitebox Advisors LLC, Wolverine Asset Management Ltd.)
      • Legal (except SGF Inc.): Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP (Andrew Rosenberg, Jacob Adlerstein, Michael Rudnick) & (local) Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP (Pauline Morgan, Joel Waite, Ian Bambrick)
      • Legal (SGF Inc): Goodwin Proctor LLP (Michael Goldstein, Gregory Fox) & (local) Pepper Hamilton LLP (David Fournier, John Schanne)
      • Financial Advisor: Ducera LLC
    • Prepetition First Lien Agent: Cantor Fitzgerald Securities
      • Legal: Shipman & Goodwin LLP
    • Prepetition Indenture Trustee: US Bank NA
      • Legal: Dorsey & Whitney LLP (Eric Lopez Schnabel, Robert Mallard, Alessandra Glorioso)
    • Administrative Agent: PNC Bank NA
      • Legal: Goldberg Kohn Ltd (Jacob Marshall, Danielle Juhle) & (local) Blank Rome LLP (Josef Mintz)
    • Bank of America NA
      • Legal: Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP (Jody Barillare, Rachel Jaffe Mauceri)
    • Nantahala Capital Management
      • Legal: King & Spalding LLP (Arthur Steinberg) & (local) The Rosner Law Group LLC (Frederick Rosner)

Updated 7/11/17 6:22 pm

Source: First Day Declaration.

Source: First Day Declaration.

New Filing - Northstar Offshore Group

Northstar Offshore Group

  • 12/2/16 Recap: The E&P-oriented debtors filed a voluntary case converting an earlier August involuntary filing. The company is tied to the defunct Platinum Partners, which we covered in some detail here and here
  • Jurisdiction: S.D. of Texas
  • Capital Structure: $30mm LOCs (First National Bank of Central Texas) & $80mm 12% '19 second lien private notes (ex-interest of $13.7mm)   
  • Company Professionals:
    • Legal: Diamond McCarthy LLP (Kyung Lee, Charles Rubio, Christopher Murphy, Michael Fritz)
    • Restructuring Advisor: CR3 Partners (Donald Martin)
    • Financial Advisor: M1 Energy Capital Management (Richard Bernardy)
    • Investment Banker: Parkman Whaling LLC (Thomas Hensley Jr.)
    • Claims Agent: Prime Clerk (*click on company name for docket)
  • Other Parties in Interest:
    • Sponsor: Platinum Partners
      • Legal: Holland & Knight (Robert Jonres, Warren Gluck, Barbra Parlen, Arthur Rosenberg)
    • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
      • Legal: DLA Piper LLP (Vincent Slusher, David Avraham, Adam Lanza, Daniel Simon, Andy Zollinger)
      • Financial Advisor: FTI Consulting Inc. (Conor Tully, David Rush, Michael Cordasco, Paul Jordan, James Aharonian, Marili Hellmund-Mora)
    • Creditor: Spartan Offshore Drilling LLC
      • Legal: Vinson & Elkins LLP (Reese O'Connor)
    • DIP Lender: Arena Limited SPV LLC
      • Legal: Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP (Timothy A. Davidson, Joseph Rovira)
    • First National Bank of Central Texas
      • Legal: Dykema Cox Smith (Deborah Williamson)

Updated 5/18/17

New Filing - Erickson Inc.

  • Erickson Inc.

  • 11/08/16 Recap: Portland-based aviation services company with ties to the oil and gas and defense industries files for bankruptcy to delever balance sheet pursuant to a prenegotiated bankruptcy agreement with its lenders. The Company seeks a $180mm DIP credit facility (with $60mm of new money) to fund operations over the course of the restructuring.
  • Jurisdiction: N.D. of Texas
  • Capital Structure: $140mm RCF (Wells Fargo), $355mm '20 senior secured notes (Wilmington Trust)    
  • Company Professionals:
    • Legal: Haynes & Boone LLP (Ian Peck, Kenric Kattner, Kourtney Lyda, Eli Columbus, Arsalan Muhammed)
    • Financial Advisor: Alvarez & Marsal LLC (Darrick Martin, Holden Bixler)
    • Investment Banker: Imperial Capital (Chris Shepard)
    • Claims Agent: KCC (*click on company name for docket)
  • Other Parties in Interest:
    • Ad Hoc Group of Senior Secured Noteholders
      • Legal: Akin Gump (Scott Alberino, Brad Kahn, Marty Brimmage)
      • Investment Banker: Houlihan (Matthew Neiman, Andrew Morrow, Geoffrey Coutts)
    • DIP Revolving Agent and ABL Agent (Wells Fargo)
      • Legal: Goldberg Kohn Ltd. (Randall Klein) & (local) K&L Gates LLP (David Weitman)
    • DIP Lenders: (Wayzata Investment Partners and MHR)
    • Wilmington Trust
      • Legal: Seyfarth Shaw LLP (Christopher Harney, Bret Harper)

Updated 12/30/16

New Filing - Shoreline Energy LLC

Shoreline Energy LLC

  • 11/02/16 Recap: Privately-owned Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana focused energy and exploration company files for bankruptcy backed by a $50mm DIP from Morgan Stanley Energy Capital (of which $32mm represents a rollup) and an RSA to sell the company to an affiliate of Highbridge Capital LLC, a second lien lender.  
  • Jurisdiction: S.D. of Texas
  • Capital Structure: $150mm RBL (Morgan Stanley), $160mm second lien TL, $71mm unsecured note (Sankaty Advisors LLC)    
  • Company Professionals:
    • Legal: Jones Day (Thomas Howley, Paul Green, Jonathan Fisher, Cassie Suttle) & (conflicts counsel) Jackson & Walker LLP (Patricia Tomasco)
    • Financial Advisor: Imperial Capital LLC (Robert Warshauer, Justin Byrne, Kyle Anderson, John Radigan)
    • Claims Agent: Prime Clerk (*click on company name for docket)
  • Other Parties in Interest:
    • DIP Lender: Morgan Stanley Energy Capital
      • Legal: Simpson Thacher (Nicholas Baker)
      • Financial Advisors: FTI Consulting
    • Second Lien Lender: Highbridge Capital/HPS Investment Partners LLC
      • Legal: Vinson & Elkins (William Wallander, Bradley Foxman, Reese O'Connor)
    • Unsecured Creditors' Committee
      • Legal: Arent Fox LLP (Robert Hirsh, George Angelich, Jordana Renert) & (local) Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams LLP (Kevin Walters, Eugene Barr)
      • Financial Advisor: Conway MacKenzie LLC (John Young)

Updated 12/30/17