Bed Bath & Beyond: The Capital Structure Decision

Kellogg School of Management Cases

ISSN: 2474-6568

Publication date: 20 January 2017


Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) had no long-term debt on its balance sheet. Although many analysts considered BBBY's balance sheet a strength that permitted greater flexibility, some commented on the risks of its growing cash balance. These concerns raised questions about BBBY's capital structure. In early 2004, interest rates were at an all-time low, making it an attractive time to consider issuing debt and executing either a share repurchase or a one-time special dividend. Provides a few capital structure proposals for students to analyze.



Raviv, A., Thompson, T., Gresh, P. and Hennessy, S. (2017), "Bed Bath & Beyond: The Capital Structure Decision", Kellogg School of Management Cases.

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