Dec 8 American Laser Centers LLC has filed
for bankruptcy protection along with its parent, as a weak
economy dampened demand for its laser hair removal treatments
leading to cash constraints, court documents showed.
ALC Holdings LLC, the parent of American Laser Centers, said
in a court filing that as part of the restructuring process it
was seeking to sell the company's business and assets.
ALC Holdings has engaged SSG Capital advisors as its
investment banker to market the business to potential buyers.
Besides weak demand, the company said the business was also
hampered by high turnover in senior management and resulting
frequent changes in marketing and operational strategy.
The company said the entities "have been operating with an
overleveraged balance sheet, which caused numerous events of
default under their credit facilities".
As efforts to sell the business did not materialise in due
course and also because of continuing cash constraints, ALC said
the best course of action for the company would be to file for
bankruptcy protection and to seek a buyer through a court
American Laser Centers listed estimated
liabilities of $100-$500 million and assets of $50-$100 million,
according to court filing. The company employ about 1,263
employees and none of them are unionised.
The case is: American Laser Centers LLC, Case No.
11-13853/13854, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delware.