Jan 10, 2019

Eddie Lampert's second chance to "save" Sears

Note: Fiscal years shown above; 2006 was the 1st year Kmart-Sears merger was reflected in annual revenue; Data: FactSet; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Sears chairman Eddie Lampert has upped his bid for some of the failed company's stores to $5 billion, hoping to shield it from liquidation, Reuters reports.

The state of play: The offer is 13% higher than Lampert's previous bid, which was rejected earlier this week.

Our thought bubble: Look at this brief timeline of Sears in the 21st century...

  • Lampert's hedge fund, ESL Investments, bought bankrupt Kmart in 2003 to merge with Sears.
  • After the Kmart-Sears Roebuck merger, Lampert was named chairman of the combined company, and then named CEO in 2013.
  • Lampert sold hundreds of stores to a spin-off company in which he was an investor, took in millions of dollars worth of loans from himself and ESL, and shed marquee brands to raise cash — all while being accused of ripping Sears apart for his own personal gain.
  • The company filed for bankruptcy in October.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.