Song Hong Garment JSC's factory in Nam Dinh Province. — Photo songhong.vn



US-based retailer RTW Retailwinds, owner of 400 New York & Co stores in 32 states across the US, filed for bankruptcy on July 13 and it will likely close all of its stores.

RTW Retailwinds reported revenue in 2019 dropped 7 per cent year-on-year to US$827 million and recorded a net loss of $61.6 million. In 2018, it reported a profit of $4.2 million.

When the COVID-19 pandemic halted all economies, the company had to temporarily close stores and furlough workers.

RTW Retailwinds’ New York & Co is currently the largest partner of Song Hong Garment.

After RTW Retailwinds announced the plan to close all stores, shareholders and investors at Song Hong Garment voiced concerns about the Vietnamese firm’s earnings prospects this year.

According to sources, all liabilities in 2019 RTW Retailwinds owed to Song Hong Garment are already settled.

The liabilities so far in 2020 are worth VND220 billion ($9.5 million) and if RTW Retailwinds’ bankruptcy proposal is approved, Song Hong Garment will lose that income.

In the first-quarter financial report, Song Hong Garment said liabilities owed by New York & Co were worth VND166 billion.

“The company is working to join the bankruptcy proceedings to claim its liabilities owed by New York & Co,” Song Hong Garment said in a filing to the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange on Friday.

“Further information and the official decision of the US court regarding the case will be updated,” the company said.

According to Song Hong Garment JSC, the company's operation will not be affected by the bankruptcy, but in the short term, earnings will be dampened as revenue from RTW Retailwinds often accounts for a large proportion of its total.

“Revenue from New York & Co accounted for 13 per cent of Song Hong Garment’s total revenue in 2019,” the company said in the filing.

The local garment firm expects total revenue in 2020 would drop 27 per cent year-on-year to VND3.2 trillion and pre-tax profit would dive 54 per cent year-on-year to VND250 billion.

The local garment firm’s shares (HoSE: MSH) plunged total 10.7 per cent in the last two trading days to end Friday at VND30,450 ($1.31) apiece. — VNS

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