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 / Retailing

Ames Department Stores Plan Effective

Ames Department Stores’ Third Amended Chapter 11 Plan became effective, and the Company emerged from Chapter 11 protection. The Court confirmed the Plan on October 29, 2013. According to the documents filed with the Court, “Upon the Effective Date, the Debtors shall be liquidated in accordance with the Plan and applicable law, and the Debtors’ operations shall become the responsibility of the Plan Administrator, who shall thereafter have responsibility for the management, control, and operation of the Debtors and who may use, acquire, and dispose of property free and clear of any restrictions of the Bankruptcy Code or Bankruptcy Rules, in each instance in consultation with the Plan Committee. The Plan Administrator shall act as the Debtors’ liquidating agent and shall be authorized and obligated, as such, to take any and all actions necessary or appropriate to implement the Plan or wind down the Debtors, in each instance in consultation with the Plan Committee.” This regional discount retailer filed for Chapter 11 protection in August 2001, listing $2 billion in pre-petition assets.

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Tupperware: Not a Good Fit as a Turnaround Stock

At first glance, the shares have decent appeal as a turnaround investment. Looking deeper, however, the fundamentals are not as strong and stable as they appear. Surplus cash flow is tight, a key driver is weakening, it is increasingly reliant on China and has other nagging issues. We don’t see the new CEO as a catalyst for change. Despite the “first glance appeal”, Tupperware isn’t a good fit as a turnaround stock. Read More.

Comparing Stocks Vs. Bonds

While the common stock of a turnaround candidate usually has the greatest upside potential, other classes of securities, such as bonds or preferred stock, may offer attractive profit possibilities with less risk. Many turnaround companies have only one class of securities available to investors but where there are different classes to choose from, it can pay to do a little extra analysis of the various options.

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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."