Small Business Bankruptcies Are Declining
A new Equifax’s Small Business Bankruptcy Report reveal that small business bankruptcies are down the second quarter of 2012 by 17% more compared to the first quarter. This is the fourth quarter in a row that showed decreasing small business bankruptcies. Equifax’s chief economist, Amy Crews Cutts told Courtney Rubin of the American Express Open Forum she was not surprised with the declining figures. She reasons, “Small business owners are still steadfastly deleveraging, bringing their debts, assets and cash flows into better alignment; couple that with promising signals in small business lending, and business owners are better positioned to stay afloat.”
bankruptcies were down for the fourth quarter in a row, says a new report.
The number ofbankruptcies in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2012 fell about 17 percent from the first quarter, according to Equifax’s Bankruptcy Report.
A Shrinking Number
The number of business bankruptcies peaked in the second quarter of 2009, the Atlanta-based credit rating agency said. It analyzed Chapter 7, 11 and 13 filings of businesses with fewer than 100 employees for the report. The 13,745 petitions filed across the U.S. was the lowest recorded for the second quarter since 2007.
“The shrinking number ofbankruptcies is not surprising,” says Equifax’s chief economist, Amy Crews Cutts. “ owners are still steadfastly deleveraging, bringing their debts, assets and cash flows into better alignment; couple that with promising signals in lending, and business owners are better positioned to stay afloat.”
bankruptcies were down 28.3 percent from the same quarter last year. Except for the New York-White Plains-Wayne, NJ metropolitan statistical area (MSA), where bankruptcy petitions were up 12.3 percent from the second quarter of 2011, the list of the 15 MSAs with the highest number of bankruptcies all showed declines in filings. (In the New York area, there were 228 petitions, up from 203 in the second quarter of 2011.)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. remained tops on the list, with 746 petitions filed. But that’s down from 1,049, or 28.9 percent, from last year. Second on the list, also the same as last year, was Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif., with 430 bankruptcies. That’s down from 647, or 33.5 percent, from last year. Of the six California MSAs on the list, nearly all had upwards of 30 percent dips in bankruptcy filings.
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