Toys ‘R’ Us says to shut about 180 US stores

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September casting doubt over the future of its 64,000 employees and nearly 1,600 stores. (Reuters)
Updated 24 January 2018
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Toys ‘R’ Us says to shut about 180 US stores

BENGALURU: Toys ‘R’ Us said on Tuesday it will shut about one-fifth of its stores in the US in the coming months, as the toy store chain tries to emerge from one of the largest ever bankruptcies by a specialty retailer.
The closure of about 180 US stores will begin in early February and continue until mid-April, Chief Executive David Brandon said in a letter on its website.
The company filed for bankruptcy protection just ahead of the crucial holiday season in the US and Canada to restructure $5 billion of long-term debt, casting doubt over the future of its 64,000 employees and nearly 1,600 stores.
All 83 Toys ‘R’ Us stores in Canada will remain open, said president of the Canadian unit, Melanie Teed-Murch, in a letter to customers.
Toys ‘R’ Us, which like other traditional brick-and-mortar retailers has struggled as more and more consumers shop online, is taking steps to try and entice customers to its stores.
The retailer planned to close unprofitable locations and improve its website and loyalty programs while investing in its stores, according to bankruptcy court papers.
Toys ‘R’ Us, which also operates the Babies ‘R’ Us chain, has set aside more than $400 million out of its$3.1 billion in bankruptcy loans for sprucing up about 900 stores over the next three years with more experiences and better-paid staff.
As the Wayne, New Jersey-based company aims to exit bankruptcy in 2018, its efforts to reinvent its stores will shape how other retailers look to experiential shopping to tackle e-commerce.


Mubadala reports first half profits

Updated 20 September 2018
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Mubadala reports first half profits

  • Plans to float at least 35 percent of Cepsa
  • Also setting up $400m venture fund

LONDON: Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company reported first half profit of 10.9 billion dirhams ($2.97 billion) as it expanded its global investment portfolio.
It did not provide comparative figures for the year-earlier period.
Mubadala Group CEO Khaldoon Khalifa Al-Mubarak, said: “In the first half of the year, we continued to deploy capital in new sectors and geographies, in line with our long-term strategy. We also monetized select assets at good valuations, to deliver financial returns.”
In a statement, the group said that historically reported figures such as revenue and net operating income were no longer relevant to its business model.
Mubadala said this week it planned to float at least 25 percent of Spain’s Cepsa by the end of 2018, in what would be the largest listing in a decade on the Madrid stock exchange.
Cepsa, which operates in the oil and gas industry, did not say how much the deal would be worth, but market sources said the listing could value the firm at around €10 billion.
Mubadala also this year announced plans to create a $400 million venture fund to invest in leading European technology companies. The fund will be managed by Mubadala Ventures, the venture capital arm of Mubadala with SoftBank Group as a strategic investor.
The Abu Dhabi investment group also announced the sale of its consortium’s majority interest in EMI Music Publishing to Sony Corporationfor about $4.75 billion.
Mubadala manages a worldwide portfolio worth $225 billion with assets in sectors such as aerospace, ICT, semiconductors, metals and mining, renewable energy, oil and gas, petrochemicals and finance.