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February Commercial Chapter 11 Filings up 60% from Previous Year

March 13, 2019, 07:12 AM
Filed Under: Bankruptcy

Total commercial Chapter 11 filings in February 2019 increased 60 percent over the same period last year, according to data provided by Epiq Systems, Inc. The 681 commercial Chapter 11 filings in February 2019 were up from the 425 commercial Chapter 11 filings in February 2018, American Bankruptcy Institute reported. Total commercial filings were 3,139 in February 2019, representing a 10 percent increase from the 2,862 business filings recorded in February 2018.

Total bankruptcy filings decreased 1 percent to 56,118 in February 2019 from the 56,732 filed in February 2018. Consumer filings decreased 2 percent in February 2019 to 52,979 from the February 2018 consumer filing total of 53,870.

The February 2019 Commercial chapter 11 filing total of 681 represented an 86 percent increase over January’s commercial filing total of 366. February 2019’s 3,139 commercial filings increased 7 percent over the 2,927 filings recorded in January 2019. Total bankruptcy filings, however, fell 3 percent in February 2019 from January’s total of 57,632 filings. Total noncommercial filings also decreased 3 percent from the previous month, from 54,705 filings in January 2019 to 52,979 filings in February 2019.

“Fluctuating market conditions and high filing costs continue to be a challenge for struggling consumers and businesses seeking the financial fresh start of bankruptcy,” said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. “Both the ABI Chapter 11 Reform Commission and ABI's Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy are working to remove barriers to a financial fresh start for strained businesses and consumers.

The average nationwide per capita bankruptcy-filing rate in February 2019 was 2.20 (total filings per 1,000 per population), a slight decrease from January 2019’s rate of 2.23. Average total filings per day in February 2019 were 2,984, a 3 percent decrease from the 3,073 total daily filings recorded in February 2018. 

States with the highest per capita filing rates (total filings per 1,000 population) in February 2019 were:

  •  Alabama (5.25)
  • Tennessee (5.05)
  • Mississippi (4.10)
  • Georgia (4.10)
  • Arkansas (3.53)



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