JCPenney

JCPenney stock sinks under $1 after debt restructuring reports

Data: Investing.com; Chart: Axios Visuals

Shares of embattled retailer JCPenney fell 17% on Friday after a Reuters report that the company had hired advisers to help restructure its debt in the latest effort to stave off bankruptcy. 

Background: The stock fell 18 cents to close at 90 cents a share. It has traded near $1 since 2018.

Low employee valuations can lead to bad bankruptcies

Data: FactSet; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Sears filed for bankruptcy this week, and its owner, Eddie Lampert, is warning employees that absent "material progress over the next few months," the fate of the company is going to be "a shutdown and liquidation."

The bottom line: There are good bankruptcies, which discharge legacy debts and allow the company to continue anew. And then there are bad bankruptcies, which cut off supply chains and result in outright liquidation. Bad bankruptcies inevitably result in thousands of job losses — and Sears is looking like it's going to be one of them.