Sears chairman makes last-minute bid to save 126-year-old company

A Sears sign is displayed at a store on Oct. 15 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

Lampert's bid proposed forgiving US$1.3 billion of debt he holds in exchange for ownership of the reconstituted Sears, a bankruptcy manoeuvre known as a credit bid.

Sears' bankruptcy, which includes discount chain Kmart, followed a decade of revenue declines, hundreds of store closures, and years of deals by billionaire Lampert in an attempt to turn around the company he put together in 2005 through an US$11 billion deal. According to lawyers close to the matter, one of the main sticking points was that the $4.4 billion bid, which included $1.3 billion in financing from three financial institutions, didn't include cash.

The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based retailer says it has accepted Eddie Lampert's bid through an affiliate of his ESL hedge fund that could keep 425 stores open and save tens of thousands of workers, according to a hearing on Tuesday at the bankruptcy court in White Plains, N.Y. The bid now requires Lampert to deposit $120 million by 4 p.m. Wednesday through his hedge fund.

US Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain in the Southern District of NY, who is presiding over the case, could decide to give Lampert more time to improve his bid, the Reuters sources said, adding that a bankruptcy auction for Sears' assets is not due until January 14.

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The revised bid is not official, and will be evaluated in an auction on January 14 that will compete with other bids from liquidators who are looking to shut down the company.

Sears' decision to review a revised bid from Lampert came after several days of "virtually round-the-clock negotiations", said Ray Schrock, an attorney for Sears Holdings Corp.

Sears is a store that evokes a sense of nostalgia, including a back-to-school ritual for Anna Rocha.

The iconic American retailer has rejected Lampert's bid and is set to announce its liquidation plans Tuesday morning, CNBC reported.

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Lampert and his hedge fund argue the loans were proper and made to keep Sears alive. Without an agreement, Sears faced the possibility of liquidation.

"If Lampert's deal doesn't pay enough cash to pay their fees, they would have concerns", said bankruptcy attorney Kenneth Rosen of Lowenstein Sandler, who represents smaller creditors.

Lampert had submitted a bid on December 28.

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