Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., the department store retailer based in Dallas, has unveiled a refinancing plan to sell $1.1 billion in senior secured notes. The objective of this move is to repay existing borrowings and reduce risk for the company’s owners and largest creditors. However, it is important to note that this plan doesn’t directly address Neiman Marcus’ overall debt level.

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2020, Neiman Marcus emerged from bankruptcy in September with a reorganization plan that successfully eliminated a substantial portion of its debt, specifically $4.4 billion out of the total $5 billion. Additionally, the company managed to secure extra financing during this process. Despite these efforts, Neiman Marcus has been grappling with post-bankruptcy challenges such as hefty interest payments on the remaining debt and a decline in revenue.

The refinancing transaction allows Neiman Marcus to slightly increase its debt while reducing the exposure for entities like Pimco, Davidson Kempner, and Sixth Street. The company firmly believes that its reorganization plan provides the necessary liquidity and flexibility, although it acknowledges the fact that it will continue to have high leverage and may struggle to generate sufficient cash flow. Furthermore, Neiman Marcus emphasizes the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its sales, especially the lack of international tourism. In addition, certain key designer brand partners are contemplating a shift from wholesale to concession arrangements, which could further affect the company’s revenues.

The financial performance of Neiman Marcus for the fiscal year ending August 1, 2020, as well as the six-month period ending January 30, 2021, exhibited a significant decline in revenues compared to previous years. Currently, the retailer operates 37 Neiman Marcus stores, two Bergdorf Goodman locations, and five Last Call stores.

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