Bankruptcy News

We've summarized the latest docket activity and news for publicly traded companies currently operating under U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection.

TerraVia Holdings Plan Confirmed

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court issued an order confirming TerraVia Holdings' Combined Disclosure Statement and Chapter 11 Plan of Liquidation [further revised]. As previously reported, "The Combined Disclosure Statement and Plan contemplates the liquidation and dissolution of the Debtors and the resolution of all outstanding Claims and Interests....The plan offers unsecured creditors a 12.25 percent recovery on $181 million in claims. The company's $22.7 million distribution plan tops by about $1 million the recovery expected from a switch to a trustee-managed Chapter 7 sale. About $6.5 million will be set aside to pay attorneys' fees and related costs for the case….On the Effective Date, each holder of an Allowed SVB Facility Claim which has estimated allowed claims of $12,551,900, shall receive, in full satisfaction of its Allowed SVB Facility Claim, payment in full in Cash or such other treatment that will render such Claim Unimpaired….On the Effective Date, each holder of an Allowed General Unsecured Claim with allowed claims of $181,253,700, shall receive, in full satisfaction of its Allowed General Unsecured Claim, its Ratable Share of the remaining Sale Proceeds and other assets of the Estates following: (i) payment in full in Cash or such other treatment as to render Unimpaired all DIP Facility Claims, Administrative Expense Claims, Professional Fee Claims, Other Secured Claims, Other Priority Claims and SVB Facility Claims; and (ii) funding of the Convenience Claim Pool under the Combined Disclosure Statement and Plan." This food and nutrition ingredients provider filed for Chapter 11 protection on August 2, 2017, listing $136 million in 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."