What We’re Reading This Week

Reporting from Bloomberg shows that during the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately $52 billion of rent under retail leases went unpaid.  The reporting further indicates that in many instances, these rent obligations have been deferred through out-of-court agreements between landlords and tenants and that there may be an appetite for further relief

Bloomberg reports that Revlon Inc. was able to exchange approximately $236.5 million of its $343 million in outstanding bonds that were scheduled to mature in 2021 in a deal that the company said should eliminate the need for a chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in the near future. [Bloomberg; Nov. 11, 2020]

The Washington Post reports

In the November 2020 statement issued by its Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve committed to use the full range of tools available to it to alleviate the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the Federal Reserve indicated that it intends to keep the target range for the federal reserve

Reporting from Law360 shows that bankruptcy filings in fiscal year 2020 are down by approximately 21% as compared to fiscal year 2019. The reporting attributes this drop primarily to non-business filings, which have dropped by approximately 21.7% since 2019. [Law360; Oct. 30, 2020]

The Financial Post reports that Boeing has issued $4.9 billion in unsecured

The Wall Street Journal reports that the trailing 12-month default rate for U.S. corporate issuers of speculative-grade bonds and loans was 8.5% in September of 2020, which is below the 11.2% forecasted by credit rating agency Moody’s in April 2020. [WSJ; Oct. 26, 2020]

Reporting from Business Insider details how subscription streaming service Quibi is

The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. consumer retail spending rose 1.9% in September 2020. September is the fifth straight month of retail sales growth according to the United States Department of Commerce. [WSJ; Oct. 16, 2020]

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in City of Chicago, Illinois v. Robbin L. Fulton, et al.

CNN reports that fast-casual dining chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy relief in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on October 7, 2020. Ruby Tuesday reportedly plans to close approximately 45% of its locations as part of its restructuring efforts. [CNN; Oct. 7, 2020]

Bloomberg reports that the

Research from the Brookings Institute finds that the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on firm profits and revenues thus far is comparable to the worst quarter of the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The researchers further project that bankruptcy filings will increase by as much as 140 percent this year compared with last year. [Brookings; Sept. 23, 2020]

Bloomberg

Reuters reports that retailer Neiman Marcus Holding Co. emerged from chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 25, 2020. The Company’s confirmed plan of reorganization eliminated more than $4 billion of debt and $200 million of annual interest expense. [Reuters; Sept. 25, 2020]

In an opinion piece for Bloomberg, columnist Justin Fox reports on the uptick

The Wall Street Journal reports that on September 17, 2020, GNC Holdings, Inc. obtained authorization from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to sell substantially all of its assets to one of its largest shareholders, China-based Harbin Pharmaceutical Group Co., for approximately $760 million in spite of national security concerns raised