Corporate bankruptcies experienced a freefall in April, far outpacing the decline reported on the part of individuals/consumers.
Statistics prepared by Epiq Systems Inc. in accordance with the American Bankruptcy Institute found total bankruptcy filings dropped 16% from the same period last year. However, the numbers indicated commercial filings fell 25% to 5,132 for the month on an annual basis and by 9% between March and April.
“Businesses continue to cut costs to improve their financial stability,” said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano. “As businesses remain committed to bolstering their balance sheets, bankruptcy filing rates will continue to decrease.”
However, some bankruptcy experts like Bruce Nathan Esq., of Lowenstein Sandler PC, aren’t convinced that a downward trend in bankruptcy is a situation with which creditors should become too cozy.
“Even as the economy improves, a lot of companies are going to be dealing with debt walls on debts pushed out to 2013 and 2014 by banks,” said Nathan. “I can safely predict that the trend of a decrease in filings will not last forever. Chapter 11 will increase again soon.”
Brian Shappell, CBA, NACM staff writer