A form “RW” was filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission by a company named Southeastern Grocers LLC on Tuesday. While this might not sound like much to most people, this means that the current owner and operator of supermarket chains Winn-Dixie and BI-LO has now formally withdrawn its plans to conduct an initial public offering. Southeastern Grocers is based in Jacksonville, Florida and it had first initially filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission almost a full year ago to conduct an initial public offering for up to $500,000,000 worth of common stock.
The original filing showed that the underwriters hired for the offering were to be Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities, William Blair, and Wells Fargo Securities. Do we dare ask if their salespeople couldn’t sell yet one more grocery chain to the public – particularly one that had previously filed for bankruptcy.