The admission came in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Shares were due to open March 23 at about 85 cents each, with a market capitalization of $93 million.
BBBY hopes the amendment on “price failure” will secure $100 million in financing for April, under warrants for convertible preferred shares issued Feb. 7. The company last received cash under the arrangement on March 7.
BBBY Stock: A Hard Landing
BBBY has been seeking a stable landing place ever since Sue Gove became interim CEO last July.
The company announced an offering of preferred warrants in February that could raise up to $1 billion. At the time, Gove called it a “runway to execute our turnaround plan.” The offering ended a late effort to squeeze short sellers that sent the stock as high as $5.86 per share on Feb. 6.
The financing plan may be threatened if BBBY stock becomes a “penny stock,” consistently selling for under $1 per share. It dropped below that level on March 17 and hasn’t returned to it since.
The retailer’s most recent earnings report only runs through November. Its Christmas season report is due April 12. Analysts expect a loss of as much as $2.14 per share.
Shareholders of record on March 27 will be eligible to vote on the reverse split. A date for the meeting has not yet been announced.
What Happens Next?
On the date of publication, Dana Blankenhorn held no positions in any companies mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.