According to at least one source, retailers are in for another tough year in 2018 which could be substantially worse than the retail sector's poor showing in 2017.
As previous posts on this bog have discussed, there are many different ways a Louisville business that finds itself in financial trouble can choose to handle mounting debt in the face of sluggish revenue.
A bankruptcy judge approved the plan of the nationwide retail toy seller, Toys R Us, to pay its top leadership bonuses of up to $14 million, provided they meet certain sales goals, particularly over the Christmas season.
It is very likely that few businesses go into operation with the idea that they will go bankrupt. Generally business owners are looking to run profitably for the foreseeable future. However, the possibility of failure always exists, as business is a risky proposition even under favorable circumstances. Further, the use of business bankruptcy may be in the best interests of the business' owners and investors in many cases, as it may allow the business to reorganize and shed useless debt. Of course, a business' creditors may not always see it that way, and sometimes will seek to minimize the possibility of a bankruptcy filing.
Louisville business owners very often become entrepreneurs not only because they have an interest in the type of business they are running, but also because they wish to have the independence that comes from being their own bosses. This means they have a lot freedom in how to run their businesses, but also much responsibility when it comes to fulfilling the businesses' obligations. Sometimes, whether through bad luck, a mistake, or other circumstances, a business finds itself in a situation in which it cannot realistically meet its obligations. It is in these situations that owners may contemplate filing a business bankruptcy case.
The old line "Nothing is certain but death and taxes," is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Whoever said it, it probably rings true to many Kentucky business owners. Unfortunately, for many of them, they didn't expect that the two might be related when it comes to their businesses. Especially for small business ventures, the complexity of the tax code can lead to issues when the business files taxes, creating a situation in which the business ends up with a large amount of tax liability.
Kentucky is almost as well known for its coal as for its horses. The coal industry has a long history in the state, with miners and mining towns having grown up in the mountains that make up a good portion of Kentucky's beautiful topography. Unfortunately, like in other areas of the country, cheaper natural gas is making it more difficult for companies that mine the carbon-based rock to compete in the energy marketplace.
Entrepreneurs in Kentucky are likely all too familiar with the risks involved in starting a business. Depending upon the industry, failure rates can be anywhere from half of all start-ups to 80 percent or more. In many cases, there may be nothing the business owners can do about it; factors beyond their control may be involved, such as a crash in demand, or closing of a preferred supplier causing a mountain of business debt. However, in certain cases, owners may see a way out of financial distress, if only the business were given the time to recover and strengthen some of its weak areas.
Kentucky residents are likely well aware that the current president previously ran a string of gambling establishments in various locations across the country. One such casino, marketed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World," has been in bankruptcy for some time now, and has finally been sold, with many of its contents sold off to the highest bidder.
Takata Corp. manufactures automotive airbags, and its products can be found in thousands of cars in Kentucky. Unfortunately, Takata's products suffer from a serious design defect, and the liability claims and fraudulent cover up have now forced the Japanese company to seek the protection of the bankruptcy court. This case provides a case study of how a business bankruptcy can eliminate or sharply reduce the amount of money available to pay liability claims.