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Old 02-02-2011, 08:44 AM   #1
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Bloomberg: Borders May file for Bankruptcy

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...next-week.html

The promised $550M funding from GE Capital is contingent on Borders getting $300M worth of concessions from publishers and creditors.

In a sign of how likely that is, Borders is preparing to file for Chapter 11 and close 150 of their 650 stores.

Borders stock dropped 26%, B&N stock moved up 7%.

The death spiral moves to the next level as Borders' staring contest isn't making anybody blink just yet.

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Old 02-02-2011, 02:44 PM   #2
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A shame about Borders but I'm glad to see B&N stock on the rise a bit.
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This is hardly a surprise. The question was not if Borders would file for bankruptcy, but when. They are basically out of options.

I do note that the offer by the hedge fund that owns about 40% of Borders to help find the money for Borders to acquire Barnes and Noble seems to have evaporated. No surprise there, either: I couldn't see them providing the funding alone, but couldn't imagine why anyone else might pony up.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:17 PM   #4
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The hedge fund's offer to merge Borders with B&N was bizarre -- but then none of us knows the actual details. I doubt if the fund's interest in Borders has evaporated: the GE Capital deal, too, shows there are levers to pull that seem attractive to new money. (Hands up anyone here willing to toss $1000 into the kitty to buy shares?) But it sure doesn't look pretty and, while the word is over-used in both political and financial circles, desperate does seem to apply. At least for those currently in charge and with current cash invested.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:42 PM   #5
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The hedge fund's offer to merge Borders with B&N was bizarre -- but then none of us knows the actual details. I doubt if the fund's interest in Borders has evaporated: the GE Capital deal, too, shows there are levers to pull that seem attractive to new money. (Hands up anyone here willing to toss $1000 into the kitty to buy shares?) But it sure doesn't look pretty and, while the word is over-used in both political and financial circles, desperate does seem to apply. At least for those currently in charge and with current cash invested.
The only motive I could see for the hedge fund offer was to do what hedge funds do: merge the enterprises, eliminate redundancies, close stores, trim staff, try to firm up the balance sheet, and drive the stock price up to a point where they could cash out at a profit. The longer term health of the merged entity would be another matter, but once out, they wouldn't care.

Border's stock price did rise briefly on the announcement, and I suspect the hedge fund took the opportunity to reduce their holdings while it did, but I couldn't really see the offer as serious - Borders was already on life support, and a worsening of its condition would simply move the idea from "highly unlikely" to "flatly impossible". It's condition worsened, so...

If I were the hedge fund, my interest would be disposing of my holdings in Borders Group with as little additional loss as I could manage. With Borders' stock dropping 36% to .47/share, that won't be easy. Hard to imagine who would take it off their hands, or why.

Bankruptcy will make the required store closings easier, which is probably one major incentive to attempt it.

But yes, I think "desperate" is an applicable term.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:55 PM   #6
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:11 AM   #7
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:03 AM   #8
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The only bookstore around is Borders, which is about a 1/2 hour from where I live and the only Barnes and Noble is an hour away. Although I read from my ereader I still go to the bookstore and buy books and love going to a real live bookstore. I hop they don't close mine down, lol!
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Congratulations. You own the company.

Now, about those debts....
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I'll check the score board, but you may have just won the internet!
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:29 PM   #11
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Just used my $25 gift card today... nearly all the books on my wishlist were either unavailable at my local Borders (with a 4 week order wait), or they were significantly more expensive than Amazon ($9+). So I just went to the store and browsed until I found something. Then I had to wait for 20 minutes in line because there was only one cashier. Then I was accosted on the way out and had my (very small) purse checked for theft. (Did I really look that shady, Mr. Rent-a-Cop?) So long, Borders, and thanks for not much!

Here's an explanation of the lead-up to the probable bankruptcy.
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Looks like next Mon-Tue according to the WSJ

Looks like Borders will file next Monday or Tuesday according to the Wall Street Journal. I would make certain your gift cards are used up.



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Looks like Borders will file next Monday or Tuesday according to the Wall Street Journal. I would make certain your gift cards are used up.
And if you want a $100 Kobo, get it now; because Walmart sells them for $129.
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