Popular retailer Tuesday Morning files for bankruptcy due to virus lockdowns

Press Release from TuesdayMorning.com:

DALLAS, May 27, 2020 – Tuesday Morning Corporation (NASDAQ: TUES) today announced it will pursue financial and operational reorganization designed to allow the Company to reduce its outstanding liabilities and strengthen its overall financial position. These actions are in response to the immense strain the COVID-19 pandemic and related store closures have put on the business.

To pursue this reorganization, Tuesday Morning filed voluntary petitions for protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas – Dallas Division. Ultimately, this process will provide Tuesday Morning with an opportunity to continue navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and emerge as a stronger company by early fall 2020.

To enable the Company to continue operations during the reorganization process, the Company has obtained a commitment from its existing lender group to provide $100 million of debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing. As required by the DIP agreement, the Company is required to obtain a commitment for up to $25 million of additional financing, which the Company is negotiating.

Following the closure of the entire store portfolio as a result of COVID-19, Tuesday Morning has re-opened over 80% of its existing store footprint to date and expects to continue store re-openings and bringing associates back to work over the coming weeks.

Steve Becker, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The prolonged and unexpected closures of our stores in response to COVID-19 has had severe consequences on our business. Prior to the pandemic, we were gaining momentum in our merchant organization, growing our vendor base and improving brands, assortment and value for our customers, while investing in our technology and corporate leadership team. However, the complete halt of store operations for two months put the Company in a financial position that can be effectively addressed only through a reorganization in Chapter 11.”

Mr. Becker continued, “We plan to emerge from Chapter 11 in a stronger position as a leading home goods off-price retailer, providing unmatched value to our customers. The commitment from our lenders to provide access to significant capital demonstrates faith in our value-driven business model and iconic brand. Looking ahead, we’ve been encouraged by very positive performance of the business as we continue to re-open our doors and welcome back our dedicated customers.”

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