For an estimated 2,200 vendors, holding approximately $30 million in outstanding pre-petition claims, the bankruptcy filing on August 25, 2010 (Delaware Bankruptcy Case No: 10-12636) of Oriental Trading Company, Inc. and 4 affiliated companies (the “Debtors”), is cause to take a long, deep breath. A critical vendor motion, if granted by Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey, will offer the possibility of critical vendor payments capped out at $15 million, and the top 27 unsecured trade creditors (see chart below) are owed more than $18 million. Additionally, this bankruptcy fits a classic retailer bankruptcy profile for heightened risk of the case ending in the formation of a litigation trust for pursuit of preference claims.
Oriental Trading Company Bankruptcy
Discussion of supplier and other trade creditor aspects of OTC Holdings bankruptcy, including critical vendor issues