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 / Real Estate

Scrub Island Development Group Chapter 11 Petition Filed

Privately-held Scrub Island Development Group filed for Chapter 11 protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of Florida, case number 13-15285. The Company, which owns a luxury resort and related 230-acre Caribbean island, is represented by Charles A. Postler of Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser. This Chapter 11 filing follows a lawsuit filed in the Caribbean Supreme Court by lender FirstBank Puerto Rico seeking the appointment of receiver. On November 1, 2013, the Carribean Court issued an order appointing a temporary receiver. In documents filed with the Court, the Company asserts, “It has also become apparent to the debtors that FirstBank’s secretive actions in obtaining the appointment of a receiver were done with the goal of wiping out all claims of creditors of the debtors, including claims of significant United States creditors of the debtors, as well as the substantial equity invested in [the Company] by its shareholders.” Scrub Island Development Group indicated total assets greater than $100 million on its Chapter 11 petition.

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Amazon = US GDP 1970

Amazon joined Apple in reaching a $1 trillion market capitalization. $1 trillion is about the same as the total value of New York City property and the total value of loans at JP Morgan, the nation’s largest bank in terms of assets. Jeff Bezos’ $160 billion stake would place him (personally) as the #33 largest company in the S&P 500 in terms of market cap, next to Coca-Cola, Disney and Netflix. We aren’t bold enough to predict whether the shares will continue upwards or if they are in a bubble reaching maximum inflation. Setting aside for a moment their investment prospects, let’s admire the truly remarkable milestone that these two companies have reached. Read More.

EV/EBITDA: What Is It & Why Are We Using It More?

In reading recent editions of The Turnaround Letter, you have probably noticed that we are increasingly using EV/EBITDA as a valuation measure, rather than the better-known price/earnings multiple.  We thought it might be useful to describe this measure and why we like it.

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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."