NJOY Files for Chapter 11

Despite its reputation for innovation, the e-cigarette and vapor company succumbed to too much debt.

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E-cigarette maker NJOY filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September, providing documentation in court showing that it has fallen on hard times due to declining sales, debt and lack of market support. Gross sales of the company’s Kings product hit a peak in 2013 at $92.9 million, but subsequently plummeted to $22.6 million in 2014 and then $7.4 million in 2015. The Kings 2.0 product the company launched in late 2013 “was not ultimately accepted by the marketplace,” according to a spokesperson.

At the time of the filing, the company had an accumulated deficit of $234.4 million, according to the documentation. While NJOY’s troubles predated the FDA deeming regulations, the company cited “substantial expenses” related to compliance as one factor contributing to its filing, along with a reported $2.5 million in expenses incurred defending a patent infringement case brought against it and other e-cigarette companies by Imperial Tobacco’s Fontem Ventures.