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Famous Seafood Chain Red Lobster Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

By Reuters
Famous Seafood Chain Red Lobster Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

US-based restaurant chain Red Lobster has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Florida court after securing $100 million (€92 million) in financing commitments from its existing lenders, the company said on Sunday.

The company listed its assets and liabilities to be between $1 billion (€920 million) and $10 billion (€9.2 billion), according to a court filing.

'Stalking Horse'

Red Lobster said its restaurants will be open and operate as usual during the bankruptcy proceedings, and plans to reduce its locations as well as pursue a sale of substantially all its assets.

The restaurant chain also said it has entered into a 'stalking horse' purchase agreement to sell its business to an entity formed and controlled by its existing term lenders.

'Best Path Forward'

"This restructuring is the best path forward for Red Lobster. It allows us to address several financial and operational challenges and emerge stronger and re-focused on our growth," said Jonathan Tibus, CEO of Red Lobster.

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Red Lobster has about 700 locations around the world, according to its website.