Bed Bath & Beyond may be approaching its final days in business. It may not have enough money to meet its next payroll. It already has defaulted on some debt payments. In some stores, shelves are nearly vacant because it cannot pay suppliers. By a recent estimate, 30,000 jobs are at risk.
The company started to fall apart about a year ago. Its revenue began to crater at a rate of over 20% year over the previous year. Soon, revenue fell below expenses. Losses ate into its already minimal capital. A chief executive officer left, a temporary one came and that temporary one became full-time. There was a turnstile among other senior executives. It became even harder to turn around a company with top management in such turmoil.
Despite the best efforts of new management, Bed Bath & Beyond already was beyond saving. Its sales disintegration began to look like those at J.C. Penney, Sears and Kmart in their final months. Stores were rapidly closed, which made it hard for customers to travel to nearby locations. (Click here for 25 classic American brands now owned by foreign companies.)
There are several theories about why Bed Bath & Beyond has fallen apart. One is that it stocked its shelves with products fewer and fewer people wanted. Another is that it was overwhelmed by the size and consumer choices at places like Walmart and Target. Another was that Amazon was to blame. The huge online retailer takes this blame any time a retailer starts to spiral downward, whether or not the accusation is true.
One thing is sure. Bed Bath & Beyond will get smaller right away and may disappear shortly. Debt holders may do relatively well. The same will not be true for common shareholders, although they still make risky trades of the company’s shares. No matter what, the employees will be badly injured, and there are about 30,000 of them by the latest count.
Sponsored: Tips for Investing
A financial advisor can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of investment properties. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.
Investing in real estate can diversify your portfolio. But expanding your horizons may add additional costs. If you’re an investor looking to minimize expenses, consider checking out online brokerages. They often offer low investment fees, helping you maximize your profit.