ABI 2017 Chapter 11 Review: Large Company Filings Down, Retail & Oil Still Show Distress

Although a parade of Chapter 11 filings by major retailers grabbed the headlines in 2017, Samuel Gerdano and Ed Flynn of the American Bankruptcy Institute point out that, overall, large company filings were down compared to the previous two years. They predict 2018 will offer more of the same.

December Chapter 11 Filings Up Sharply; Full Year Up 6%

The American Bankruptcy Institute reported December Chapter 11 filings were 699, up 107% from the previous year. Calendar year 2017 Chapter 11 filings were 5,744, a 6% increase from 5,447 filings in 2016.

ABI ED Gerdano to Receive M&A Lifetime Achievement Award

ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano will receive the 2018 M&A Advisor Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Annual Turnaround Awards Gala on March 21, 2018.

September Commercial Chapter 11 Filings Up 16% over Last Year

The American Bankruptcy Institute said commercial Chapter 11 filings totaled 425 in September, a 16% increase over September 2016’s total of 365 filings.

August Commercial Chapter 11 Filings Increased 29% Over July

Commercial Chapter 11 filings totaled 426 in August 2017, a 29% increase over July’s total of 331 filings, according to data provided by Epiq Systems, which has partnered with the American Bankruptcy Institute.

ABI: Commercial Chapter 11s Fall 44% Sequentially, 9% Y/Y

According to the American Bankruptcy Institute, commercial Chapter 11 filings registered a 44% decrease in July with 325 filing, down from June’s total of 582. Commercial Chapter 11 filings were down 9% from last year’s 358 filings.

June Commercial Chapter 11 Filings Rise 16%, 2017 Down 7% Overall

According to the ABI and Epiq Systems, total commercial Chapter 11 bankruptcies for the month of June 2017 increased 16% but commercial Chapter 11 filings have dropped 7% in 2017 overall.

June Commercial Chapter 11 Filings Increase 16% Year/Year

According to the ABI, total commercial Chapter 11 bankruptcies for the month of June 2017 were 581, representing a 16% increase from the 502 commercial filings in June 2016.

May Y/Y Commercial Bankruptcies Increase, Chapter 11 Filings Fall

According to the American Bankruptcy Institute, citing data for Epiq Systems, total U.S. bankruptcy filings increased 5% in May 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

Bankruptcy Filings Decrease for Sixth Straight Year in 2016

For the sixth straight year, fewer bankruptcy cases were filed. American Bankruptcy Institute Executive Director Sam Gerdano and Consultant Ed Flynn provide a more nuanced look at the patterns that emerged in 2016 and predicts a quiet year ahead.