The McClatchy Company (NYSE-MNI) today announced that it had repurchased $41.336 million in aggregate principal amount of its 5.75% Notes due 2017 at par plus accrued and unpaid interest in a privately negotiated transaction. The company's total debt balance, after the repurchase, is now at $991.2 million and debt net of cash is approximately $948.9 million.
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) announced today that its comparable store sales for the combined nine-week period ending Jan. 5, 2019 decreased 3.5 % on a shifted basis. On an unshifted basis, comparable sales decreased 5.4 %.
The Company also reaffirmed its expectations to generate positive free cash flow in fiscal 2018, reduce inventory in excess of $225 million or 8% and expects to end the year with liquidity in excess of $2 billion.
Additionally, JCPenney will initiate three preliminary store closings this spring as part of an ongoing evaluation of its store portfolio occurring over the next few months, which includes assessing locations that may not meet required financial targets or represent a market opportunity to capitalize on a beneficial real estate asset. Further information related to future store closings will be shared on Feb. 28 when the Company reports its fourth quarter and fiscal 2018 results.