dELiA*s, an omni-channel retail company primarily marketing to teenage girls, announced it entered into an agency agreement with Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Retail Partners to, among other things, liquidate all merchandise owned by the company and to dispose of certain furnishings, trade fixtures, equipment and improvements to real property with respect to the company’s stores. Sales of merchandise under the agreement may begin as early as December 5, 2014.
The company anticipates that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the very near term and will seek, among other things, the bankruptcy court’s approval to close all existing stores and distribution centers and to conduct store closing and going out of business sales. The company determined to take this action after being unable to find a merger partner, or obtain an acquisition or financing proposal enabling the company to remain a going-concern.
In a related article, The Street reported dELiA*s replaced a five–year, $25 million revolver from GE Capital with a four-year $30 million revolver from Salus Capital Partners in June 2013, and later reduced the cap on the Salus loan to $25 million. According to The Street, the Salus loan, which does not include any financial covenants, is secured by substantially all the company’s assets.
The company said it will provide more details in the near term about the plans for the company’s bankruptcy proceedings, the liquidation of the stores and other assets, the status of the company’s operations during bankruptcy, and the terms of the agency agreement.
The company does not anticipate any value will remain from the bankruptcy estate for the holders of the company’s common and preferred equity, although this will be determined in the anticipated bankruptcy proceedings.