Borders meets Thursday with publishers over financing concerns, closes Tenn. distribution center
The meeting - called as publishers grapple with deferred payments from the bookseller - comes as the company also announces that it will close a Tennessee warehouse this summer, laying off 310 employees, according to reports.
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It's unlikely Borders will be able to continue through 2011 without filing for bankruptcy protection or seeking a merger, a University of Michigan expert told AnnArbor.com last week.
“One of those things will happen within the next few months,” U-M law professor John Pottow, a national bankruptcy expert. “The amount of losses they’re incurring is not something where they can avoid (restructuring).”
In late December, the bookseller acknowledged that it had stopped paying some suppliers.
The company posted a third-quarter loss of $74.4 million in December, an amount that doubled the losses from the same period in 2009.
Borders [NYSE:BGP] stock was trading at 0.79 cents this morning, representing a one-day value drop so far of 7.74 percent and 1 cent above its 52-week low.
Based on that trading price, the company has a market capitalization of $56.79 million.