Gibson Hits a Sour Note with Philips & Creditors

Gibson, as Strata-gee previously reported, filed for bankruptcy protection on May 1st in a pre-negotiated package with principal noteholders of the company’s substantial debt – debt that was now in default. But while that deal suggested a smooth path for … Continue reading

Painting the Gibson Bankruptcy by the Numbers

We have been closely following – first Gibson Guitar and then Gibson Brands – from their decision in 2012 to shoot for the stars by using OPM (other people’s money) to make highly leveraged…and highly questionable…acquisitions of various consumer electronics … Continue reading

Docs Show Gibson Bankruptcy Bigger Than You Think

Founded in 1894, it is a mark of their long-term brand success that Gibson has become such a large and far-flung international organization. In a cursory review of documents submitted to the court as part of their bankruptcy filing shows, … Continue reading

Gibson Brands Files for Bankruptcy

BREAKING NEWS Filing Pre-Negotiated with Bondholders, CEO & Pres Stay thru Transition Gibson Brands Inc. announced today that it has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Chapter 11 denotes the company plans a reorganization and … Continue reading

A Gibson Pile-On: Now Hit With a $50 Million Lawsuit

Gibson Brands CEO Henry Juszkiewicz has been very busy lately as he scrambles to arrange a $550 million bailout package in a desperate attempt to avoid bankruptcy for the storied brand. But he’s about to get a little busier as … Continue reading

Options Narrowing as Gibson & KKR Talks Fail

We learned last week that talks between Gibson Brands and deal making king KKR Credit Advisors fell apart in a dispute over “the appropriate consideration for the various parties involved,” according to a statement from Gibson Brands. As yet another … Continue reading

Gibson, After Light Pruning, Plans Global Layoffs

Hundreds of Employees Facing Pink Slips Gibson Brands, a major provider of musical instrument and consumer electronics products, is in the midst of a widely reported liquidity crisis. With more than $500 million dollars in notes coming due late this … Continue reading

Gibson Sells One Division & Cuts Staff in Another

The news and events surrounding troubled guitar and consumer electronics company Gibson Brands, Inc. seem to be moving at a rapid pace with almost daily revelations as the company struggles to survive ahead of a massive debt due-date just a … Continue reading

Of Gibson, S&P Says: ‘Default is Imminent’

S&P Global Ratings, part of top credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s, this week lowered their rating of Gibson Brands, Inc. to “CCC-” – down one step from the already low rating of “CCC.” Their outlook on Gibson? “Negative.” A … Continue reading

CEO Says Gibson Will Dump Brands

Financials Show Sales & Profits Continue to Slide Gibson Brands CEO Henry Juszkiewicz continues to profess confidence that the company will be able to successfully refinance their over $500 million debt before a mid-year maturation comes due. Telling the Nashville … Continue reading