Fred's, Inc.

Fred's Inc. Bankruptcy Case Study
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Fred's, Inc. is engaged in the sale of general merchandise through its retail discount stores and full-service pharmacies. The Memphis-based company has approximately 556 retail stores in over 15 states, mainly in the Southeastern U.S. Fred's general merchandise selection includes an array of staple and discretionary products from brand names and its private label, including health, beauty and personal care products, household cleaning supplies, disposable diapers, pet foods, paper products and a variety of general merchandise, food and beverage products.

CreditRiskMonitor, in its ever-present assessing of Fred's, Inc., saw a FRISK® score of "1" several months before the eventual Chapter 11 filing. That "1" indicated a bankruptcy risk potential that was 10-to-50 times greater than the average public company when looking out upon a 12-month horizon:

Fred's, Inc. FRISK® score
Fred's, Inc.'s FRISK® score sank to a "1" in the summer of 2019.

This Bankruptcy Case Study looks into the failings of Fred's, Inc., with a keen focus on the year-plus leading to their tapping out. A persistent negative interest coverage ratio and negative free cash flow were certainly problematic, as was the company's inability to meet short-term liabilities in four of the last five fiscal quarters due to inadequate working capital.

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