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    Bed Bath & Beyond buys itself more time with new funding and strategy

    victorlei

    August 31, 2022

    Meme stock Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY) has had a roller coaster of a year — soaring on many occasions — as much as 400% in recent weeks. Yesterday, BBBY unveiled an updated corporate strategy, sending its stock down 21%.

    What’s the big deal? BBBY is in a race against time — at risk of running out of cash, and investors are demanding change. In its update, BBBY announced:

    • Closure of 150 stores and a layoff of 20% of its corporate and supply chain staff.
    • $500M secured in additional debt to get through its cash crunch.
    • The right to issue 12M in common shares (~$100M in yesterday’s value) by filing a registration form.

    These efforts help BBBY shore up cash reserves to buy more time — but dilutes investors further. BBBY is also reversing many of ex-CEO Mark Tritton’s strategies:

    • Tritton opted to showcase its own private label brands — removing many national brands that customers sought.
    • The decision was highly criticized and contributed to a 23% same-store sales decline in the first quarter of 2022.

    Where the value lies: BBBY’s buybuy BABY chain is estimated to be worth over $1B if it were sold — more than the combined company of BBBY. Ryan Cohen — known for igniting GameStop — saw value in the chain and pushed for a sale or spin-off of the brand.

    BBBY “fielded interest” from potential acquirers, which hasn’t led to anything yet. A sale of buybuy BABY isn’t off the table, and with Cohen having sold his entire $BBBY stake, meme traders will need a significant change to spark interest again.

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