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