Bankruptcy News

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

Bankruptcy/Chapter 11

Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Plan Filed, Disclosure Statement Approved

Orchard Supply Hardware Stores filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court First Amended Chapter 11 Plan of Liquidation and related Disclosure Statement. According to the Disclosure Statement, “On or before the Effective Date, the Debtors, on their own behalf and on behalf of the beneficiaries, shall execute the GUC Trust Agreement, in a form reasonably acceptable to the Creditors Committee, and all other necessary steps shall be taken to establish the GUC Trust….On the Effective Date, $500,000 will be paid from the Debtors’ Estates to the GUC Trust for the benefit of holders of Allowed General Unsecured Claims whose prepetition debts were not assumed by the Purchaser under the Final APA. The GUC Trust shall handle reconciliation of Claims for General Unsecured Claims only, with the GUC Trustee selected by the Creditors Committee. In addition, the first $250,000 of any proceeds from the Designation Rights Sale shall be paid to the GUC Trust on the Effective Date (or such later time as they may be monetized). In the event that the holders of Senior Secured Term Loan Claims receive a total Cash Distribution providing a net recovery of 90% of the Senior Secured Term Loan Claims, the next $1,500,000 of proceeds available for distribution from the Debtors’ estates shall be paid to the GUC Trust. The holders of Senior Secured Term Loan Claims shall receive all proceeds of the Sale in excess of the $1,500,000 described above, any proceeds of GOB Sales commenced prior to the closing of the sale to the Purchaser under the Final APA, and all proceeds of the Designation Rights Sale in excess of $250,000 until the holders of the Senior Secured Term Loan Claims receive a net recovery of 100%.” The Disclosure Statement continues, “If no plan can be confirmed, the Debtors’ chapter 11 cases may be converted to cases under chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code, pursuant to which a trustee would be appointed to liquidate the assets of the Debtors for distribution in accordance with the priorities established by the Bankruptcy Code. The Debtors believe that liquidation under chapter 7 would result in smaller distributions being made to creditors than those provided for in the Plan because of (i) the likelihood that the assets of the Debtors would have to be sold or otherwise disposed of in a less orderly fashion over a shorter period of time, (ii) additional administrative expenses involved in the appointment of a trustee and (iii) additional expenses and claims, some of which would be entitled to priority, which would be generated during the liquidation and from the rejection of leases and other executory contracts in connection with a cessation of the Debtors’ operations.” The Court subsequently approved the Disclosure Statement and scheduled a December 20, 2013 hearing to consider the Plan.

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Boston Beer Company--Time for Investors to Step Up to the Bar?

Boston Beer Company is the nation's largest craft beer company, with 2017 revenues of over $900 million. Since its days as a start-up in 1984, it has led the nation's growing taste for craft beers; and shareholders have enjoyed tasty returns along the way. So why is The Turnaround Letter--which focuses on out-of-favor companies undergoing major positive changes--even thinking about this ostensible "growth" company? 

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Harnessing Activists to Help Find Turnaround Stocks

Activist investors often produce attractive returns for their clients; and you can still use their influence to help your position as a turnaround investor in two ways: Buy a position in a stock with the expectation that an activist will soon follow or buy after an activist takes a stake.


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While one of the many dozens of activist funds might find their way to selecting your particular stock, this approach is likely to be frustrating and unrewarding. A better approach is to buy after the activist makes their move. Once an activist takes a stake in a company, how do you evaluate whether it is worthwhile to follow on? Admittedly, this is a bit of an art... Learn how you can harness the power of activist investors to find market-beating turnaround stocks.

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."