Sharper Image Files for Bankruptcy

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    Sharper Image Files for Bankruptcy Protection

    Published: February 20, 2008

    Filed at 9:13 a.m. ET

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -
    Sharper Image Corp <SHRP.O>, the store and catalog retailer whose products include air purifiers and massage chairs, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying declining sales and three straight years of losses led to a shortage of liquidity.

    The San Francisco-based company filed for protection late Tuesday with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware. Sharper Image said it had $251.5 million of assets and $199 million of debts as of January 31, according to the filing. Cash on hand totaled about $700,000, the filing shows.

    "Sharper Image is in a severe liquidity crisis," Chief Financial Officer Rebecca Roedell said in a separate filing.

    She said the company has suffered from increased competition, narrowing margins, litigation, lower consumer and market confidence, tighter credit from suppliers, and poorly performing stores. "The foregoing has been compounded by the ever-tightening and volatile credit and financing markets," she added.

    Sharper Image has seen its sales decline steadily since 2004, and it has posted net losses in fiscal 2005, 2006, and 2007.

    According to court papers, the electronics retailer partly blamed "negative publicity" surrounding litigation involving its Ionic Breeze air purifiers for its falling revenues.

    In October the company was denied federal court approval for a settlement of class-action suits related to the air purifiers.

    Following the ruling, Sharper Image's stock fell 18 percent, weakening support from the company's suppliers and hurting working capital as creditors tightened or withdrew credit terms, according to court documents.

    Sharper Image is seeking a $60 million loan arranged by Wells Fargo Retail Finance LLC to keep operating, court papers also show.

    The company said in a separate filing that it replaced Chief Executive Steven Lightman with Robert Conway on February 14.

    took them long enough

    what a freaking joke
  3. Thanks for the update. Wonder what happened to them....
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  5. Can I pay for those steaks with junk bonds?
  6. Where oh where will I be able to buy battery-operated nose hair trimmers now?
  7. the victims of the current mess, are not just the banks..., other casualties will soon surface too, Ie. office/home furniture manufacturers and retailers to name a pack...
  8. Sharper image is one of those stores where you walk in, look around for a couple minutes, and realize there is NO WAY you could ever invest long term.

    Hot Topic (HOTT) and Build a bear (BBW) also come to mind.
  9. Overpriced junk.I bought an alarm clock from them that burned out after 2 months.
  10. Bummer. Guess lots of other people just walked around and never bought any of that crap either?

    But now where am I going to kill a 1/2 hr when I get dragged to the mall by females? I know - I can volunteer to be a changing room attendant at Victoria Secret! :D
    #10     Feb 20, 2008