Toys “R” Us, $4.9bn in debt, files for bankruptcy
Toys “R” Us has announced its voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy in order to relieve itself of the remaining debt left over from its $6.6bn acquisition from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Bain Capital and Vornado Realty Trust in 2005.
The retailer has filed for the bankruptcy despite leading up to the Christmas period where it records the most sales annually due to its significant debt problems.
Toys “R” Us has $4.9bn in debt, $400mn of which has interest payments due in 2018, with a further $1.7bn due to be repaid in 2019.
The company intends to use the process to restructure itself, with a view of making the business not only viable but successful in the long term. The firm is likely going to look at its online presence within this, as Toys “R” Us has struggled to deal with the growing importance of ecommerce in the retail sphere, with 2016 statistics showing that 13.7% of all toy sales came online, up from 6.5% five years previously.
“Today marks the dawn of a new era at Toys “R” Us where we expect that the financial constraints that have held us back will be addressed in a lasting and effective way,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman and CEO of the company.
“We are confident that these are the right steps to ensure that the iconic Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us brands live on for many generations.”
Various lenders including JPMorgan have already committed as much as $3bn already to financing the attempted company turn around.
The firm also announced that its 1,600 stores with 64,000 employees will continue to operate as normal throughout the process, with operations outside of the US and Canada not part of the bankruptcy proceedings.
Dell to sell cloud-based iPaaS Boomi in US$4bn deal
Global investment firm Francisco Partners and private equity platform TPG Capital have entered into an agreement with Dell Technologies to acquire cloud-based integration platform as a service provider Boomi in a cash deal valued at US$4bn. The deal is expected to complete this year.
“Boomi has flourished as part of Dell Technologies, growing exponentially since we acquired them in 2010. This proposed transaction positions Boomi for its next phase of growth and is the right move for both companies, our shared customers and partners,” said Jeff Clarke, vice chairman and chief operating officer of Dell Technologies.
“For us, we're focused on fuelling growth by continuing to modernise our core infrastructure and PC businesses and expanding in high-priority areas including hybrid and private cloud, edge, telecom and APEX. All designed to help organisations thrive in the do-from-anywhere economy.”
Dell’s Boomi sell-off follows VMware spin-off
This announcement comes just two weeks after Dell said it would spin-off its 81% equity ownership of VMware to form two standalone companies. This would result in an expected US$9.3bn cash dividend payment to Dell, which says it will use those funds to pay down debt.
When Dell acquired Boomi in 2010 for an undisclosed fee, Boomi offered the industry’s only pure SaaS application integration platform, powered by its revolutionary AtomSphere technology. Dell saw Boomi as addressing one of the top barriers to cloud adoption at that time, which was managing and integrating cloud-based applications with existing applications and databases.
Now, Boomi has more than 15,000 customers globally and is still seen as a leader when it comes to organisations connecting applications, processes and people across a range of locations and devices – a process that can take weeks rather than months.
“I am incredibly proud that through innovation, passion and relentless execution, the Boomi team has created a unified platform for the modern-day hybrid IT landscape that thousands of customers worldwide depend on to digitally transform their business,” said Chris McNabb, chief executive officer of Boomi.
“By partnering with two tier-one investment firms like Francisco Partners and TPG, we can accelerate our ability for our customers to use data to drive competitive advantage. In this next phase of growth, Boomi will be in a position of strength to further advance our innovation and market trajectory while delivering even more value to our customers.”
Francisco Partners has invested in more than 300 technology companies since its launch 20 years ago and has more than US$25bn in assets under management.
“The ability to integrate and connect data and workflows across any combination of applications or domains is a critical business capability, and we strongly believe that Boomi is well positioned to help companies of all sizes turn data into their most valuable asset,” said Dipanjan Deb, co-founder and chief executive officer, and Brian Decker, partner, at Francisco Partners
Nehal Raj, partner, and Art Heidrich, principal, at TPG Capital added: “The need for automation and data integration across applications has never been greater. Boomi's cloud-native platform enables enterprises to streamline business processes and is essential for driving digital transformation.”