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Commercial Chapter 11 Filings Increase 29 Percent in June from Last Year, Total Filings Decrease Slightly

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Total Filings Drop 15 Percent in First Half of 2022 over Last Year, Commercial 11s Decrease 18 Percent

NEW YORK – JULY 7 — The 447 commercial chapter 11 filings in June represented a 29 percent increase from the 347 filings in June 2021, according to data provided by Epiq Bankruptcy, the leading provider of U.S. bankruptcy filing data. Overall commercial filings decreased 7 percent in June 2022, as the 1,864 filings were down from the 1,999 commercial filings registered in June 2021. Small business filings, captured as subchapter V elections within chapter 11, experienced an 8 percent decrease from 106 in June 2021 to 98 in June 2022. Total bankruptcy filings were 32,175 in June 2022, a 6 percent decline from the June 2021 total of 34,291. Noncommercial bankruptcy filings totaled 30,311 in June 2022, also registering a 6 percent decrease from the June 2021 noncommercial total of 32,292.

Total bankruptcy filings were 185,303 during the first six months of 2022, a 15 percent decrease from the 217,047 total filings during the same period a year ago. Total consumer filings also registered a 15 percent decrease, as the 175,112 filings during the first half of 2022 were down from the 204,679 filings during the first six months of 2021. The 10,191 total commercial filings for the first half of 2022 represented a 17 percent decline from the commercial filing total of 12,278 for the first half of 2021. The 1,765 total commercial chapter 11 filings during the first six months of the year (Jan. 1-June 30) were an 18 percent decrease from the 2,155 total filings during the same period in 2021, according to data provided by Epiq Bankruptcy Analytics.

“The year-over-year filing counts continue to show declines, but month-over-month we see growth in Chapter 13 filings that when coupled with the growth in corporate Chapter 11s, tell a different story,” says Chris Kruse, senior vice president at Epiq. “Turbulence in the market including inflation concerns, labor shortages in key industries, and a downward shift in housing prices all point toward increases in the months ahead.”

“Tightening credit markets amid increasing interest rates, elevated prices due to inflation and global supply concerns are presenting financially distressed families and businesses with more economic dilemmas,” said ABI Executive Director Amy Quackenboss. “Bankruptcy provides a shield to the mounting economic challenges being experienced by financially struggling consumers and companies.”

Total filings in the first half of 2022 point to a pace for the full year that could be the lowest since the 348,521 bankruptcies recorded by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in calendar year 1984. Will total, business, and consumer filings remain at this pace for the second half?

In partnership with Epiq, a key abiLIVE webinar on July 12 will feature experts looking at filing trends through June 30 and providing their thoughts on what could happen with bankruptcies moving forward. Speakers on the program include ABI President Hon. Kevin Carey (ret.) of Hogan Lovells (Philadelphia), Deirdre O’Connor of Epiq (New York) and ABI's Ed Flynn (Alexandria, Va.). Christopher Kruse of Epiq (San Francisco) will serve as moderator for the program. Click here for your complimentary registration.

ABI has partnered with Epiq Bankruptcy to provide the most current bankruptcy filing data for analysts, researchers, and members of the news media. Epiq Bankruptcy is the leading provider of data, technology, and services for companies operating in the business of bankruptcy. Its new Bankruptcy Analytics subscription service provides on-demand access to the industry’s most dynamic bankruptcy data, updated daily. Learn more at https://bankruptcy.epiqglobal.com/analytics.

About Epiq Bankruptcy
Epiq Bankruptcy is a division of Epiq, a global technology-enabled services leader to the legal services industry and corporations that takes on large-scale, increasingly complex tasks for corporate counsel, law firms, and business professionals with efficiency, clarity, and confidence. Clients rely on Epiq to streamline the administration of business operations, class action and mass tort, court reporting, eDiscovery, regulatory, compliance, restructuring, and bankruptcy matters. Epiq subject-matter experts and technologies create efficiency through expertise and deliver confidence to high-performing clients around the world. Learn more at https://www.epiqglobal.com.  

About ABI
ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes nearly 10,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit www.abi.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abi.org/calendar-of-events

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