Stein Mart, Inc.

After more than a century in business, the national discount department store Stein Mart, Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 protection. The coronavirus continues to provide a debilitating headwind towards the retail sector.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based company will shutter nearly 300 brick-and-mortar locations across the U.S. before the end of 2020. Their FRISK® score, which is 96% predictive of public company bankruptcy risk, had been at a worst-possible "1" for much of the summer before their petition on Aug. 12:

Stein Mart, Inc. FRISK® Score

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