Company Press Release – Southeastern Grocers announced that it has successfully completed its financial restructuring and has emerged from Chapter 11 in record timing.
Through this process, SEG has transformed its financial profile and established a strengthened balance sheet by decreasing overall debt levels by approximately $600 million (including $522 million of debt exchanged for equity in the reorganized Company) while maintaining the Company’s strong liquidity position. With a solid financial foundation, SEG will further advance its business through store remodels and new stores. The Company will also invest in additional customer programs, including the introduction of the new SE Grocers rewards loyalty program beginning in July 2018.
Anthony Hucker, President and Chief Executive Officer of SEG, said, “It is an exciting new day for Southeastern Grocers as we emerge a stronger company with an optimal store footprint that is well-positioned to thrive in the competitive retail market. Our number one focus is serving our associates and customers, and providing our communities with a shopping experience they can count on.”
Mr. Hucker continued, “We are extremely pleased to complete this transformative restructuring in such an effective and efficient manner. The success of this emergence is a testament to the hard work of our associates and their commitment to caring passionately, doing the right thing and constantly improving as an organization — all of which is focused upon our purpose of being a great place to work and a great place to shop. With a stronger balance sheet, we will continually improve the shopping experience for our customers and communities, including nearly 100 store remodels and new store concepts just this year. We thank our customers for their continued support and look forward to building even better relationships through our SE Grocers rewards loyalty program and increased promotional activities across our operations. With the support of our talented leadership team, associates and supplier partners, we will continue to write SEG’s success story in the Southeast.”
SEG will operate more than 575 stores under the BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie banners, providing the great service, quality and value that customers can always count on throughout the seven states that SEG serves.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP served as legal counsel, Evercore served as investment banker, and FTI Consulting Inc. served as restructuring advisor to Southeastern Grocers.
About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, (SEG) parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is one of the largest conventional supermarket companies in the U.S. SEG grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies serve communities throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and caring associates and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.frescoymas.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.
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