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 / Banks

Capitol Bancorp Disclosure Statement Approved, Plan Confirmed

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court issued an order granting final approval to the Disclosure Statement filed for Capitol Bancorp and Financial Commerce and concurrently confirming the Amended Joint Liquidating Plan. According to documents filed with the Court, “...from and after the Confirmation Date, the Debtors shall commence a competitive Sale Process to sell and convey each of their remaining non-debtor subsidiary banks, individually or in groups, subject to Applicable Banking Laws and any requisite approvals of the Bank Regulators, and free and clear of Liens, pursuant to sections 363(b) and (f) of the Bankruptcy Code; provided, however, that at any time the Debtors may invoke the Toggle Option, whereby the Debtors would cease the Sale Process and effect a Reorganization....Pursuant to the Sale Procedures, as the same may be amended from time to time, the Debtors shall have twelve (12) months from the Confirmation Date (the ‘Marketing Period’) in which to market for sale the Debtors’ remaining non-debtor subsidiary banks, individually or in groups, and for the Debtors to enter into one or more stalking horse purchase agreements for the sale of any bank or combination of banks.” The final date by which interested parties must file objections to case closing is March 31, 2014. This bank holding company filed for Chapter 11 protection on August 9, 2012, listing $2.2 billion in total pre-petition assets.

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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."