8-K

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 13, 2020 (July 8, 2020)

 

 

PIER 1 IMPORTS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

DELAWARE   001-07832   75-1729843
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

685 JOHN B SIAS MEMORIAL PARKWAY, SUITE 255

FORT WORTH, TEXAS

  76134
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (817) 252-8000

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

  

Trading
Symbol(s)

  

Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share*    PIRRQ*    *

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§ 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company  ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐

 

*

(1) On February 18, 2020, the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) notified Pier 1 Imports, Inc. that it would apply to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to delist the common stock of Pier 1 Imports, Inc. upon completion of all applicable procedures. A Form 25 was filed with the SEC by the NYSE on March 3, 2020 and the delisting of the common stock became effective 10 days later. The deregistration of the common stock under section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) became effective on June 1, 2020. The common stock will remain registered under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act.

 

 

 


Item 8.01.

Other Events.

On July 8, 2020, Pier 1 Imports, Inc., a Delaware corporation ( “Pier 1”) held an auction of its assets pursuant to bidding procedures and auction terms as set forth in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (“Bankruptcy Court”) Order (i) Establishing Bidding Procedures, (ii) Scheduling Bid Deadlines and an Auction, (iii) Approving the Form and Manner of Notice thereof, (iv) Approving the Form of Asset Purchase Agreement, (v) Authorizing Assumption of the Plan Support Agreement and (vi) Granting Related Relief, dated February 18, 2020. On July 9, 2020, Pier 1 filed with the Bankruptcy Court Notice of Successful and Backup Bidders with Respect to the Auction and Sale of Certain of the Debtors’ Assets (the “Notice”) in which Pier 1 disclosed the successful bidders with respect to its intellectual property and certain unexpired leases of real property. The Notice is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

The sale hearing at which Pier 1 shall seek the Bankruptcy Court’s approval of the sale of the assets to the successful bidders, will be held on July 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (prevailing Eastern Time).

 

Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(a) - (c) Not Applicable.

(d) Exhibits:

 

Exhibit No.

  

Description

99.1    Notice of Successful and Backup Bidders with Respect to the Auction and Sale of Certain of the Debtors’ Assets, dated July 9, 2020.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

    PIER 1 IMPORTS, INC.
Date: July 13, 2020     By:  

/s/ Robert Riesbeck

      Robert Riesbeck
      Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
EX-99.1

Exhibit 99.1

 

Joshua A. Sussberg, P.C. (admitted pro hac vice)    Michael A. Condyles (VA 27807)
Emily E. Geier (admitted pro hac vice)    Peter J. Barrett (VA 46179)
AnnElyse Scarlett Gains (admitted pro hac vice)    Jeremy S. Williams (VA 77469)
KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP    Brian H. Richardson (VA 92477)
KIRKLAND & ELLIS INTERNATIONAL LLP    KUTAK ROCK LLP
601 Lexington Avenue    901 East Byrd Street, Suite 1000
New York, New York 10022    Richmond, Virginia 23219-4071
Telephone:    (212) 446-4800    Telephone:    (804) 644-1700
Facsimile:    (212) 446-4900    Facsimile:    (804) 783-6192

-and-

Joshua M. Altman (admitted pro hac vice)

KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP

KIRKLAND & ELLIS INTERNATIONAL LLP

300 North LaSalle Street

Chicago, Illinois 60654

 

Telephone:                    (312) 862-2000      
Facsimile:                    (312) 862-2200      

Co-Counsel to the Debtors and Debtors in Possession

IN THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT

FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA

RICHMOND DIVISION

 

     )     
In re:   )    Chapter 11
    )     
PIER 1 IMPORTS, INC., et al.,1   )    Case No. 20-30805 (KRH)
  )   

Debtors.

  )    (Jointly Administered)
    )   

NOTICE OF SUCCESSFUL AND BACKUP BIDDERS WITH RESPECT

TO THE AUCTION AND SALE OF CERTAIN OF THE DEBTORS’ ASSETS

 

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that on February 18, 2020, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Court”) entered the Order (I) Establishing Bidding Procedures, (II) Scheduling Bid Deadlines and an Auction, (III) Approving the Form and Manner of Notice Thereof, (IV) Approving the Form of Asset Purchase Agreement, (V) Authorizing the Assumption of the Plan Support Agreement, and (VI) Granting Related Relief [Docket No. 102] (the “Bidding Procedures Order”), approving procedures by which the above-captioned debtors and debtors and possession (collectively, the “Debtors”) were authorized to conduct an auction for the sale of certain property of the Debtors.

 

 

1 

The Debtors in these chapter 11 cases, along with the last four digits of each Debtor’s federal tax identification number, are set forth in the Order (I) Directing Joint Administration of Chapter 11 Cases and (II) Granting Related Relief [Docket No. 76]. The location of the Debtors’ service address is PO BOX 961020, Fort Worth, TX 76161-0020. Or, for delivery by Airborne, Federal Express & other Courier Services: 685 John B. Sias Memorial Parkway Suite 255, Fort Worth, TX 76134.


PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that, pursuant to the Bidding Procedures Order,2 on July 5, 2020, the Debtors filed the Notice of Auction and Designation of Stalking Horse Bidder for Sale of Intellectual Property [Docket No. 828] (the “Auction Notice”), informing stakeholders that the Debtors would conduct an Auction with respect to the Debtors’ intellectual property (the “Intellectual Property”). The Auction was conducted as described in the Auction Notice.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that, at the conclusion of the Auction, the Debtors, in consultation with their professionals, selected the following Successful Bidder and Backup Bidder with respect to the Debtors’ Intellectual Property.

 

Asset(s)

   Successful
Bidder
   Backup Bidder    Proposed Expense
Reimbursement and/or Breakup
Fee
   Key Terms
of Proposed
Sale

Intellectual Property

   Retail
Ecommerce
Ventures
LLC
   Sycamore
Partners
Management,
L.P.
   None3
   $31,000,000

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that in addition to the Intellectual Property, the Debtors received the following bids with respect to certain unexpired leases of real property (the “Leases” and together with the Intellectual Property, the “Assets”), with each bidder being designated the Successful Bidder:

 

Asset(s)

   Successful
Bidder
   Backup
Bidder
   Proposed Expenses
Reimbursement
and/or Breakup
Fee
  

Key Terms of Proposed Sale

Lease Termination 3003 S. Veterans Pkwy. Springfield, IL 62704    Washington
Prime
Group
   N/A    N/A    (i) credit bid of approximately $13,640.82 for outstanding obligations; (ii) waiver of rent through October 31, 2020 in the approximate amount of $40,922.46 and (iii) waiver of rejection damages.
Lease Termination 6125 East St. Rockford, IL 61108    Washington
Prime
Group
   N/A    N/A    (i) credit bid of approximately $49,379.51 for outstanding obligations; (ii) waiver of rent through October 31, 2020 in the approximate amount of $72,232.47 and (iii) waiver of rejection damages.
Lease Termination 750 Sunland Park Dr. El Paso, TX 79912    Washington
Prime
Group
   N/A    N/A    (i) credit bid of approximately $46,250.9 for outstanding obligations; (ii) waiver of rent through October 31, 2020 in the approximate amount of $71,051.91 and (iii) waiver of rejection damages.

 

2 

The Dates established in the Bidding Procedures Order were further extend by a latter order of the Court. See [Docket No. 744].

3 

The Stalking Horse Bidder was the Successful Bidder. Accordingly, no Expense Reimbursement or Breakup Fee is payable.


PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that pursuant to the Order (I) Approving the Adequacy of the Disclosure Statement, (II) Approving the Solicitation and Notice Procedures with respect to Confirmation of the Debtors Proposed Joint Chapter 11 Plan, (III) Approving the Forms of Ballots and Notices in Connection Therewith, (IV) Scheduling Certain Dates with Respect Thereto, and (V) Granting Related Relief [Docket No. 804] (the “Disclosure Statement Order”), the Debtors have scheduled the Sale Hearing to commence via remote video on July 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (prevailing Eastern Time) before the Honorable Kevin R. Huennekens, at 701 East Broad Street, 5th Floor, Courtroom No. 5000, Richmond, Virginia 23219. Additional instructions regarding participation in the Sale Hearing by remote video will be filed via CM/ECF with the Court.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that at the Sale Hearing, the Debtors will seek the Court’s approval of the sale of the Assets to the Successful Bidders. Unless the Court orders otherwise, the Sale Hearing shall be an evidentiary hearing on matters relating to the Sale and there will be no further bidding at the Sale Hearing. In the event that the Successful Bidders cannot or refuse to consummate the Sale following entry of a Sale Order because of the breach or failure on the part of the Successful Bidders, the Debtors shall promptly file a supplemental notice seeking to approve the sale to the Backup Bidder, if applicable, on expedited notice and a hearing.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that copies of the Bidding Procedures Order, the Wind-Down Order, the Disclosure Statement Order, and all other documents filed in these chapter 11 cases are available free of charge by: (a) visiting the Debtors’ restructuring website at https://dm.epiq11.com/case/pier1/info and/or (b) by calling (866) 977-0883 (toll free) or, for international callers, (503) 520-4412 (international). You may also obtain copies of any pleadings filed in these chapter 11 cases for a fee via PACER at: http://www.vaeb.uscourts.gov in accordance with the procedures and fees set forth therein.

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Richmond, Virginia      
Dated: July 9, 2020      

 

/s/ Jeremy S. Williams

    
KUTAK ROCK LLP   KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP
Michael A. Condyles (VA 27807)   KIRKLAND & ELLIS INTERNATIONAL LLP
Peter J. Barrett (VA 46179)   Joshua A. Sussberg, P.C. (admitted pro hac vice)
Jeremy S. Williams (VA 77469)   Emily E. Geier (admitted pro hac vice)
Brian H. Richardson (VA 92477)   AnnElyse Scarlett Gains (admitted pro hac vice)
901 East Byrd Street, Suite 1000   601 Lexington Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23219-4071   New York, New York 10022
Telephone:        (804) 644-1700   Telephone:    (212) 446-4800
Facsimile:        (804) 783-6192   Facsimile:    (212) 446-4900
Email:    Michael.Condyles@KutakRock.com   Email:    joshua.sussberg@kirkland.com
   Peter.Barrett@KutakRock.com      emily.geier@kirkland.com
   Jeremy.Williams@KutakRock.com      annelyse.gains@kirkland.com
   Brian.Richardson@KutakRock.com     
     -and-   
Co-Counsel to the Debtors and Debtors in Possession   Joshua M. Altman (admitted pro hac vice)
     300 North LaSalle Street
     Chicago, Illinois 60654
     Telephone:    (312) 862-2000
     Facsimile:    (312) 862-2200
     Email:    josh.altman@kirkland.com
     Co-Counsel to the Debtors and Debtors in Possession