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BowFlex Future in ‘Doubt’ as Company Weighs Sale, Bankruptcy
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BowFlex Future in ‘Doubt’ as Company Weighs Sale, Bankruptcy

Losses are piling up for the iconic fitness equipment maker despite its recent rebranding efforts

BowFlex is casting “substantial doubt” on its ability to continue operations and is considering filing for bankruptcy, according to a recent quarterly filing. The grim outlook follows a company-wide rebrand last fall that saw Nautilus switch its corporate name BowFlex.

In an SEC filing on February 21, the Vancouver, Washington-based fitness equipment maker cites a challenging retail operating environment, “deteriorating macroeconomic conditions” and a decline in customer demand, resulting in a “significant year-over-year decline” in revenue for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2023. 

BowFlex said it believes “conditions will not improve in the next several quarters,” negatively affecting its liquidity projections. The equipment maker painted a dire picture:

“We have been actively pursuing alternatives to access liquidity or sell the Company or its assets, which may include making a voluntary filing under federal bankruptcy laws,” BowFlex reported. “If we are not able to promptly consummate a transaction or access additional sources of liquidity, we will not be able to maintain compliance with debt covenants in our credit facilities and may not be able to continue to operate our business.”

“Management has determined that under these circumstances, there is substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern for twelve months from the issuance date of this report,” the company added.

BowFlex reports that for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2023, it incurred a net loss of $34.3 million and $51.8 million, respectively, and for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2022, it incurred a net loss of $11.1 million and $84.5 million, respectively. 

Despite its rebrand, which included a colorful marketing campaign and the release of new home-fitness products, BowFlex has continued to struggle. 

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The fitness equipment maker received its second notice from the New York Stock Exchange at the close of last year, warning that it wasn’t in compliance with continued listing standards amid its financial issues.

Despite rallying around its “North Star” strategy since 2021 under CEO Jim Barr, the company previously discussed a potential sale and also conducted layoffs, affecting 15% of its staff, in early 2023.

The equipment maker had announced in May that it would sell $13 million in non-core assets, including the Nautilus brand trademark, to boost its balance sheet in response to lackluster net sales. In June, BowFlex, then operating as Nautilus, sold over four million shares of its common stock or equivalents to an institutional investor to raise $5 million for general corporate purposes. 

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