J.C. Penney Offers to Buy Back Bonds

Retailer may need to sweeten its offer for bonds that could restrict its debt load, analyst says.

J.C. Penney Co. may need to pay more than the 135 cents on the dollar it offered yesterday to tender bonds that can restrict the retailer’s debt load, according to Gimme Credit LLC.

J.C. Penney’s 7.125 percent securities due November 2023 climbed to 144.75 cents on the dollar at 4:23 p.m. in New York to yield 2.3 percent, an increase of 10 cents yesterday and 32.5 cents Monday, according to Trace, the bond-price reporting system of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The company offered to buy back the notes for 130 cents on the dollar and pay an additional 5 cents on the dollar if bondholders consent to amending the indenture, according to a statement today.

Sales Slump

The retailer working to rebound from the lowest annual sales in more than two decades received a $1.75 billion, five-year term loan commitment from Goldman Sachs Group Inc., J.C. Penney said Monday in the statement. Proceeds may be used to fund working capital requirements and “to amend, acquire or satisfy and discharge” the 7.125 percent notes, J.C. Penney said.

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