Troubled Sears is about to become extinct unless a buyer can be found in the next 24 hours, which seems unlikely at this point. Sears has been around since 1893 and in the early 1900s they owned or controlled over 100 manufacturers.
Sears filed for bankruptcy on October 15th, 2018. With no comeback and no offers, they have reached the end of the line and will be history in just one more day. The company’s chairman, Eddie Lampert has put together a 4.6 billion dollar offer, using mostly outside financing, but that bid has had troubles from the very start.
Sears has 68,000 employees, who will soon be unemployed.
The employer of more than 68,000 filed for bankruptcy in October. Its last shot at survival is a $4.6 billion proposal put forward by its chairman, Eddie Lampert, to buy the company out of bankruptcy through his hedge fund, ESL Investments.
ESL is the only party offering to buy Sears as a whole, people familiar with the situation tell CNBC. Without that bid or another like it, liquidators will break the company up into pieces.
But as Lampert stares down a deadline of Dec. 28 to submit his offer, he is quickly running out of time. As of Thursday afternoon, Lampert had neither submitted his bid, nor rounded up financing, the people familiar said. Should Lampert submit a bid, Sears’ advisors would have until Jan. 4 to decide whether he is a “qualified bidder.” Only then, could ESL take part in an auction against liquidation bids on Jan. 14.
It is possible Lampert, Sears’ largest investor, secures financing in time to meet the deadline, these people said. The hedge fund manager turned retailer has managed last-minute feats before. Due to requirements by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Lampert will be required to make his bid public.
That stipulation that could sway him to prolong the filing until its exact deadline of 4:00 p.m. ET Friday
I will be sad when they close. I can remember as a small boy in a very rural area, getting all of our school clothes from Sears and JC Pennys. My sisters (I have 7) and I would go downtown to the post office and form a parade of boxes. And opening the boxes was like Christmas to us. It’s an end to an era.