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Claire’s Stores Exits Bankruptcy After Eliminating Approximately $1.9B in Debt

October 15, 2018, 07:15 AM
Filed Under: Bankruptcy

Claire's Stores, Inc. announced that it successfully completed its financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11 as the Company's court-confirmed Third Amended Plan of Reorganization went into effect October 12, 2018. With support from its creditors and stakeholders, including an Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Creditors led by Elliott Management Corporation and Monarch Alternative Capital LP, who sponsored the Third Amended Plan, the Company has eliminated approximately $1.9 billion of debt from its balance sheet and gained access to $575 million in new capital.

"We committed at the beginning of this process that we would emerge as a healthier, more profitable Company – and that is exactly what we have done," said Chief Executive Officer Ron Marshall. "Our renewed financial strength cements Claire's position as one of the world's leading specialty retailers of fashionable jewelry, accessories and beauty products for young women, teens, tweens and girls, and with our key growth initiatives already delivering value, we are well-positioned for long-term growth and success. We look forward to being a stronger partner and employer thanks to the support of all the customers, employees, partners, landlords, and lenders who worked with us during this process."

Claire's commenced its Chapter 11 process on March 19, 2018, to undertake a balance sheet restructuring and eliminate a substantial portion of debt from its balance sheet to position its Claire's® and Icing® stores for long-term success. All businesses continued to operate as usual throughout the restructuring.

Lazard Frères & Co. LLC is serving as investment banker to Claire's; FTI Consulting, Inc. is serving as restructuring advisor to Claire's; Hilco Real Estate, LLC is serving as real estate advisor to Claire's; and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is serving as legal counsel to Claire's.

The Ad Hoc First Lien Group is represented by Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Guggenheim Securities LLC.

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