Today, Serta Simmons Bedding filed for Chapter 11 and Tuft & Needle was a part of that. Not a complete surprise since the possibility was leaked a few months ago. But it is sad to see the bankruptcy actually happen.
SSB has entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement with key financial stakeholders that will significantly reduce the company’s debt and enable the company to continue making critical investments in its business and brands. To implement the restructuring contemplated by the agreement, most of SSB’s U.S. corporate entities have initiated a voluntary pre-arranged court-supervised process under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
The restructuring will substantially reduce the company’s funded debt from approximately $1.9 billion to approximately $300 million and enable the company to continue making critical investments in its business and brands. The company has received a commitment for a $125 million exit ABL Credit Facility available upon SSB’s emergence from Chapter 11. The company has also obtained a debtor-in-possession financing in the form of a $125 million ABL Credit Facility. Upon Court approval, the new financing, along with approximately $170 million of cash on hand as of the filing date, and cash generated from the company’s ongoing operations, will be used to support the business during the court-supervised process.
SSB has filed a number of customary “first day” motions seeking Court approval to support its operations during the court-supervised process, including the continued payment of employee wages and benefits without interruption, as well as the continued support of its customer programs and consumer product warranties. The company is also seeking Court permission to pay suppliers, either during the Chapter 11 process or upon emergence from it, for goods and services that were provided prior to the bankruptcy filing date. The company expects business to continue as usual throughout the process and trade vendors and suppliers will be paid in full under normal terms for goods and services provided on or after the filing date.