J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

J. C. Penney Company, Inc., an American shopping mall icon, has lost in its fight to avoid bankruptcy. In this COVID-19 pandemic, struggling public retailers that have stayed alive by loading up on debt are running out of time.

One look at the company's FRISK® score would tell the story: for nearly a year's time, CreditRiskMonitor had J. C. Penney Company, Inc. pegged as a 10-to-50x greater risk of bankruptcy than the average public company:

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J. C. Penney Company, Inc. FRISK® score

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