Thursday September 28, 2023

Bang’s Bankruptcy Goes Out With a Loan

  • A group of banks put up $100 million for a credit line.
  • On Thursday, a judge granted Bang access to $34 million.
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Bang Energy’s parent company Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc. has been given a lifeline after it filed for bankruptcy on Bang’s 10-year anniversary earlier this month.

A group of banks — to which Bang already owes more than $350 million — put up $100 million for a credit line when the company filed, and on Thursday, a bankruptcy judge said Bang would be able to tap $34 million of the sum.

The energy drink and fitness supplement company reportedly owes more than $500 million to rival Monster Beverage and California juice maker Orange Bang, as well as $115 million to PepsiCo Inc., which had an exclusive distribution deal with Bang until the latter terminated it eight months after it was signed.

In a bankruptcy hearing on Thursday, Monster reportedly raised concerns that the loan would hurt lower-ranking creditors, and in court papers, the company’s lawyers addressed details of the financing that could halt any potential bids for Bang.

  • Bang recently lost a false advertising lawsuit to Monster.
  • The pair are also in a battle over trademark infringement. 

The judge and Bang’s lawyers said the concerns raised by Monster would be handled at a separate hearing before Bang is allowed to draw the remaining funds.

Bang’s Plan

In a statement earlier this month, Bang CEO Jack Owoc referenced a new distribution network for when PepsiCo stops shipping Bang this month — and claimed he’s committed to keeping the business running.

“We’re coming like a freight train and cannot be stopped,” he said.

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