The company's CEO and chairman, Eddie Lampert, announced in a blog post recently that the company is shuttering more locations. It is closing eight Sears and 35 Kmart stores that were unprofitable in early October, according to the announcement.
"We have fought hard for many years to return unprofitable stores to a competitive position and to preserve jobs and, as a result, we had to absorb corresponding losses in the process," Lampert said in the statement.
If you've ever gone into a Sears or Kmart store, you will likely understand why the retailer's same-store sales have plunged in 11 out of the last 12 quarters and why it has failed to turn a profit in the past 29 out of 37 quarters. It's surprising Sears has managed to turn a profit in even eight out of the last 37 quarters.
Lampert, who has recently quieted down from a string of Trump-like rants he went on against the media, appears to have an unrealistic view that the retailer is not in fact doomed to the same fate its Canadian sister succumbed to - bankruptcy.
"If you can find someone with something positive to say about Sears, you are talking with an employee of Lampert," former Sears Canada CEO Mark A. Cohen said in an interview with TheStreet's Michelle Lodge.
In 2016 alone, Sears wiped out $1.6 billion of its own cash and, according to financial analyst Brian Sheehy of Iszo Capital, the retailer is currently burning through $189 million in cash a month. Per Sheehy's calculations, Sears could run out of cash shortly.
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