Bankruptcy News

We've summarized the latest docket activity and news for publicly traded companies currently operating under U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection.

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PFF Bancorp Plan Filed

PFF Bancorp filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court a Joint Plan of Liquidation and related Disclosure Statement. According to the Disclosure Statement, “The Plan constitutes a separate chapter 11 plan of liquidation for each Debtor. Except for Administrative Claims, Priority Tax Claims and Other Priority Claims, all Claims against and Equity Interests in a particular Debtor are placed in Classes for each of the Debtors. In accordance with section 1123(a)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code, the Debtors have not classified Administrative Claims, Priority Tax Claims and Other Priority Claims, as described in Article II of the Plan.” Under the Plan, “The Creditors Trustee shall pay each holder of an Allowed Administrative Claim the full unpaid amount of such Allowed Administrative Claim in Cash: (1) on the Effective Date or as soon as practicable thereafter (or, if not then due, when such Allowed Administrative Claim is due or as soon as practicable thereafter); (2) if such Claim is Allowed after the Effective Date, on the date such Claim is Allowed or as soon as practicable thereafter (or, if not then due, when such Allowed Administrative Claim is due); (3) at such time and upon such terms as may be agreed upon by such holder and the Plan Administrator; or (4) at such time and upon such terms as set forth in an order of the Bankruptcy Court; provided, however, that Administrative Claims do not include Administrative Claims Filed after the Administrative Claims Bar Date or Administrative Claims Filed or asserted pursuant to section 503(b)(9) after the General Bar Date.” The Court scheduled a March 8, 2012 hearing to consider the Disclosure Statement.

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Turnaround Letter Stock Pick Named Top Performer of 2017


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What Last Year's Top Stock Pickers Are Buying in 2018


This Forbes write-up follows up on the recent Top Stock Tips report--naming The Turnaround Letter's Crocs recommendation the top performer of 2017: With 90% gains, CROX beat out 100 other investment ideas included in the report; and the stock continues to have value investing appeal, according to Putnam.


George notes, "We see additional upside for the stock in 2018 as management's efforts continue to bear fruit, though the gains will likely be more muted than we saw in 2017."