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

GMX Resources Plan Filed, Confirmed

GMX Resources filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court a First Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization, and the Court subsequently confirmed the Plan. According to documents filed with the Court, “The primary purpose of the Plan is to effectuate the restructuring of the Debtors’ capital structure (the ‘Restructuring’) by, among other things, reducing their overall indebtedness and improving free cash flow. Presently, the Debtors have a substantial amount of indebtedness outstanding under the Senior Secured Notes, Second-Priority Notes, Convertible Notes, Old Senior Notes, and other obligations to various third parties. If the Debtors are not able to consummate the Restructuring, the Debtors will likely have to formulate an alternative plan, and the Debtors’ financial condition will likely be further materially adversely affected. The Restructuring will reduce the amount of the Debtors’ outstanding indebtedness by approximately $505,000,000 under their various indentures as follows: (i) satisfaction of $336,276,571.00 of the Senior Secured Notes through conversion of the Senior Secured Noteholders Secured Claim into all of the issued and outstanding shares of Reorganized GMXR Common Stock and 61.3856% of the New GMXR Interests; provided, that such Holders of Senior Secured Noteholder Secured Claims may hold a lower percentage of the New GMXR Interests to the extent that Holders of Allowed Senior Secured Noteholder Secured Claims demonstrate that such claims are Old and Cold Senior Secured Notes Claims; (ii) waiver of a $66,086,738.00 deficiency claim by the Holders of Senior Secured Notes if Class 4 votes to accept the Plan, or discharge of such deficiency claim with such claim being treated as a General Unsecured Claim if Class 4 votes to reject the Plan; (iii) discharge of the Second-Priority Notes in the approximate amount of $51,500,000, with such claims being treated as General Unsecured Claims under Class 4; (iv) discharge of the Convertible Notes in the approximate amount of $48,296,000, with such claims being treated as General Unsecured Claims under Class 4; and (v) discharge of the Old Senior Notes in the approximate amount of $1,970,000, with such claims being treated as General Unsecured Claims under Class 4.” According to the confirmation order, “Notwithstanding Bankruptcy Rule 3020(e), this Order shall be effective and enforceable immediately upon entry and the Debtors are authorized to consummate the Plan immediately after entry of this Confirmation Order.”

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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."