Maurice Bankruptcy…Ouch, many tackle companies owed money.

Posted on December 5th, 2017

Maurice enters bankruptcy: creditors named


Maurice Sporting Goods has entered a voluntary petition for reorganisation under Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court.

One of North America’s largest distributors of fishing gear has filed for bankruptcy in a move designed to facilitate its takeover.

Troubled Maurice Sporting Goods, which is said to owe creditors up to $100million, has announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its assets to private investment firm, Middleton Partners, a company with a history of investing in distribution and consumer-based businesses.

A list of creditors, which is topped by Normark (owed $1.47m) and Shimano North America (over $900,000) has been released and is published below.

The company and its subsidiaries filed its voluntary petition for reorganisation under Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, Wilmington.

Middleton Partners, the Northbrook, Illinois Company, has signed a letter of intent to purchase Maurice as a strategic buyer and is currently finalising an Asset Purchase Agreement. In accordance with the US Bankruptcy Code, other companies will have an opportunity to submit competing offers for the assets. The transaction is expected to be completed within 30 to 45 days.

“We are extemely pleased that Middleton Partners is going to purchase the assets of Maurice and continue our strategic vision and customer and vendor relationships,” said Jory Katlin, Maurice President and Chief Executive Officer.

“It has been a challenging couple of years, but I am excited that we have found the right partner to strengthen the company’s balance sheet and unleash new funding to fuel future growth.”

The asset sales follows significant measure taken by Maurice during the last two years to address liquidity concerns, including reducing operating costs, selling non-core assets and improving processes. The Chapter 11 reorganisation and sales process will have no impact on Maurice’s daily operations or its ability to fulfil its obligations to customers and employees.

“Acquiring the assets of Maurice aligns with our mission of investing in high potential companies that need a financial and strategic partner to achieve their objectives,” said Keith Jaffee, a principal at Middleton Partners.

Maurice also announced that it has received a commitment for up to $20 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from its bank group. This will be used to maintain uninterrupted service and delivery of Maurice products to its customers during the completion of the sale process and to ensure payment to vendors for post-petition purchases.

Tackle manufacturers owed include:

Normark — $1.47 million

Shimano North America —$991,181

Gary Yamamoto—$967,174

Pautzke Bait Co. — $838,717

Z-Man Fishing Products — $830,478

Gamakatsu — $814,058

Panther Martin — $813,959

Zoom Bait Co. — $793,413

Sheldon’s Inc. (Mepps) — $770,687

Hard and Soft Fishing — $747,026

Pure Fishing (USA) — $736,750

Pure Fishing (Canada) — $721,649

Leland Lures — $691,889

TTI Blakemore — $681,986

Atlas Mike’s Salmon Eggs — $610,034

Mustad — $566,626

Rapala USA — $539,495

Posted on 29/11/2017 By Anthony – Angling International

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