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 / Bonds

Rural/Metro Plan Effective

Rural/Metro’s First Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization became effective, and the Company emerged from Chapter 11 protection. The Court confirmed the Plan on December 17, 2013 and although the notice was docketed on January 2, 2014 the order states that the Plan became effective on December 31, 2013. Under the terms of the Plan, Rural/Metro’s bondholders are providing Rural/Metro with $135 million in new equity. According to documents filed with the Court, “Generally, the Plan provides for a consensual balance sheet restructuring that will reduce the Debtors’ funded indebtedness by approximately 50% and cut interest payments nearly in half.” “Today marks the successful completion of our financial restructuring and the start of a new chapter for our Company,” said Scott A. Bartos, president and chief executive officer of Rural/Metro. “As a stronger and more competitive company, we will continue to invest in infrastructure and technology and advance our commitment to providing state-of-the-art medical transportation and fire services.” This ambulance and fire protection services’ provider filed for Chapter 11 protection on August 4, 2013.

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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."