Claire's Stores, Inc.

Struggling Claire's Stores Inc, a global retailer of fashion jewelry and accessories, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Its FRISK® score remained at the worst level of "1" for a prolonged period, effectively signaling substantial financial distress and elevated bankruptcy risk. This event, unfortunately, underlines the overarching challenges still facing the broader retail industry.

Claire's FRISK graph

This Bankruptcy Case Study will illustrate acute warning signs that developed approximately one year in advance of the filing date. For instance, the company’s tangible net worth was highly concerning, exceeding negative $2 billion for several years. And in the 12 months preceding their bankruptcy filing, Claire's Stores' interest coverage ratio collapsed below a factor of "1."

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CreditRiskMonitor® Bankruptcy Case Studies provide post-filing analyses of public company bankruptcies. Our case studies educate subscribers about methods they can apply to assess bankruptcy risk using our proprietary FRISK® score, robust financial database, and timely news alerts.

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