Borders Delays Payments To ‘Vendors, Landlords and Others’

By Jason Boog Comment

Borders.GIFBorders revealed today that they will delay payments a number of “vendors, landlords and others” that were expecting payments at the end of January.

Here is more from the release: “The delay is intended to help the company maintain liquidity while it seeks to complete a refinancing or restructuring of its existing credit facilities and other obligations … Borders emphasized that it understands the impact of its decision on the affected parties, but that the company is committed to working with its vendors and other business partners to achieve an outcome that is in the best interest of Borders and these parties for the long-term.”

Earlier this week, GE Capital provided a commitment to help the struggling bookseller restructure its finances with a “$550 million senior secured credit facility.” However, Borders must secure help from other sources to arrange for $125 million in “junior debt financing” to cover vendor debts and continue with store closures (“the identification of underperforming stores that will be closed as soon as practicable”).