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The Ratings Game: Pier 1 liquidation is a possibility, analysts say

Pier 1 Imports Inc.’s Interim Chief Executive Cheryl Bachelder may have taken an optimistic tone after the home décor retailer reported disappointing fourth-quarter earnings, but analysts were bearish, bringing up the possibility of a liquidation in the not-so-distant future.

“Given the trends in business, and its negative earnings per share, EBITDA [earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization], and free cash flow, we see Pier 1 and its $1.6 billion in revenues as potentially at risk of needing liquidation if trends don’t improve,” wrote KeyBanc Capital Markets analysts led by Bradley Thomas.

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