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April Commercial Bankruptcy Filings Rise 32%, Chapter 11s Climb 67%

May 05, 2016, 08:02 AM
Filed Under: Bankruptcy

Total U.S. commercial bankruptcy filings increased 32 percent in April 2016 over April of last year, according to data provided by Epiq Systems, Inc. Commercial filings totaled 3,482 in April 2016, up from the April 2015 total of 2,641. April is the sixth consecutive month with a year-over-year increase in commercial filings. Total commercial chapter 11 filings also climbed in April 2016, as the 680 filings were 67 percent more than the 408 commercial chapter 11 filings registered in April 2015. However, total bankruptcy filings decreased 10 percent to 70,457 in April 2016, down from the April 2015 total of 77,949. Consumer filings were 66,975, dropping 11 percent from the April 2015 consumer filing total of 75,308.

“Distress within a number of sectors, including energy and retail, has more businesses turning to the financial relief of bankruptcy,” said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. “To provide struggling companies a better chance of reorganization rather than liquidation, ABI’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 provided recommendations to modernize the Bankruptcy Code for today’s evolving corporate climate.”

April’s commercial filing total represented a 3 percent increase from the March 2016 commercial filing total of 3,369. Commercial chapter 11 filings increased 51 percent when compared to the 450 filings in March 2016. However, total bankruptcy filings for the month of April decreased 10 percent when compared to the 78,344 total filings recorded the previous month. Total noncommercial filings for April represented an 11 percent decrease from the March 2016 noncommercial filing total of 74,975.

The average nationwide per capita bankruptcy-filing rate in April was 2.56 (total filings per 1,000 per population), an increase from the 2.51 rate registered in the first three months of the year. Average total filings per day in April 2016 were 2,349, a 10 percent decrease from the 2,598 total daily filings in April 2015. States with the highest per capita filing rates (total filings per 1,000 population) in April 2016 were:

  • Tennessee (5.66)
  • Alabama (5.39)Georgia (4.62)
  • Illinois (4.45)
  • Utah (4.00)

ABI has partnered with Epiq Systems, Inc. in order to provide the most current bankruptcy filing data for analysts, researchers and members of the news media. Epiq Systems is a leading provider of managed technology for the global legal profession.


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