A Sign of the Times

A Sign of the Times

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  • On Sunday, Rite Aid initiated Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection proceedings in New Jersey and disclosed its intention to undertake a significant debt reduction through a restructuring process. The company also confirmed it had reached an agreement with its creditors regarding a restructuring plan, which encompasses an assessment of its retail presence and the closure of underperforming stores.
  • Furthermore, Rite Aid announced that its lenders had consented to extend $3.45 billion in fresh funding to ensure sufficient liquidity during the implementation of its restructuring strategy. The troubled drugstore chain has been grappling with declining sales, escalating debt, and a barrage of lawsuits alleging its role in contributing to the nation's opioid epidemic by oversupplying painkillers.

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In its most recent quarter ending on June 3, the company reported a drop in revenue to $5.65 billion, down from $6.01 billion in the same period the previous year. The net loss widened to $306.7 million, or $5.56 per share, compared to a net loss of $110.2 million, or $2.03 per share, in the corresponding period a year earlier.


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