JCPenney Denies It’s Having Credit Problems

by Christopher Freeburn | August 1, 2013 8:50 am

J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP)[1]Shares of JCPenney (JCP[2]) surged more than 6% in pre-market trading on Thursday after the struggling retailer shot down the latest rumors regarding its financial condition[3].

The discount department store chain denied a Wednesday report in the New York Post that indicated that the CIT Group (CIT[4]) had withdrawn financing to its suppliers. CIT provides cash advances to suppliers who sell merchandise to retailers. Stopping those cash advances would be a signal that the lender was concerned about the retailer’s creditworthiness, the Associated Press noted.

JCPenney said that less than 4% of its merchandise is provided by CIT-financing suppliers. It added that CIT had also denied the report.

The battered retailer is attempting to reverse course after a series of disastrous quarters. Earlier this year, it ousted CEO Ron Johnson[5], whose “no sales” strategy bombed with customers.

In May, JCPenney received a vote of confidence from Goldman Sachs (GS[6]), when the bank extended a $1.75 billion, five-year senior secured loan[7] to the retailer.

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