Tuesday, November 11, 2008
No. 2 mall operator warns of bankruptcy
General Growth Properties Inc., the No. 2 mall operator in the United States, has warned that an ongoing slump in retail sales, combined with the credit market lockdown, has pushed the company to the brink of bankruptcy. Chicago-based General Growth Properties (GGP) said in an SEC filing late Monday that it has $900 million of property secured debt and $58 million of corporate debt that's coming up for renewal by Dec. 1. It also faces another $3.07 billion in debt that matures in 2009.