Original Article appears at The Globe and Mail

Toys “R” Us Inc has been making $400-million in interest payments on its debt every year, largely due to its $6.6-billion leveraged buyout in 2005. This week, it succumbed to its debt burden, leading to the biggest bankruptcy of a U.S. retailer since that of Kmart in 2004.

The largest U.S. toy retailer’s decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday took investors by surprise, given that the company faced no imminent debt maturities and had managed to overcome financial stress in the past by securing concessions from its creditors.

But the company’s ability to kick the can down the road had been…

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