Are distressed companies really worthless?

In this article, we introduce distressed debt securities. Then, we investigate what are the problems of valuing a company in financial distress and how we can address those problems. Finally, we present some investment strategies that can be applied when a company is financially distressed. Overview Distressed companies are companies that are unable to meet, […]

Liberty Global is finally free! Restructuring completed after a $6.3bn sale of Swiss Unit

Liberty Global plc [LBTYA: NASDAQ] – Market cap as of March 10th $18.36bn Sunrise Communications Group AG [SRCG: SW] – Market cap as of March 10th CHF3.41bn ($3.41bn) Introduction On February 27, 2019, Liberty Global, the biggest international TV and broadband internet company, agreed to the sale of its Swiss business – UPC Switzerland – […]

The Conglomerate Dilemma: Reshaping General Electric

General Electric Company (GE:NYSE) – market cap as of 17/11/2017: $157.92bn Introduction and past events General Electric (GE) is an American multinational conglomerate corporation incorporated in New York and headquartered in Boston. As of 2016, the company operates through the following segments: Aviation, Current, Digital, Energy Connections, Global Research, Healthcare, Lighting, Oil and Gas, Power, […]

Another Alternative to Grow in the US Energy Market: Sempra Energy to Acquire Oncor for $18.8bn

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) – market cap as of 16/09/2017: $29.39bn Introduction On August 20, 2017, Sempra Energy announced an agreement to acquire the 80% stake that Energy Future Holdings Corporation holds in Oncor Electric Delivery Company. The deal agreement ends a series of bids from relevant players, with Sempra being the fourth public suitor for […]

General Electric: Diversity turns into Complexity

General Electric; Market Cap (as of 17/04/2015): €276,45bn   Introduction On April 10, General Electric Company made an enormous restructuring announcement to spin out the majority of financial services division, GE Capital, in a strategic effort to shift the company’s overall direction. The decision was made on the premise of GE looking to focus on […]

Barclays restructuring and the outlook of Investment Banking

Barclays Plc Market Cap (as of 09/05/14): £41.91bn On May 8th, 2014 the CEO of Barclays Group, Antony Jenkins, presented a new restructuring plan of the London-based bank, stating that Barclays will be shifting its focus to areas where it has the capability, scale and competitive advantage over its competitors. Following in the footsteps of […]

Moelis IPO: The Rise of Independent Financial Advisors

Moelis & Company: Mkt Cap N/A (as of 07/03/2014) Moelis & Company, the global independent investment bank and financial advisor, filed on Tuesday with the SEC to raise c. $100mm in an initial public offering. The New York based company, plans to list on the NYSE under the symbol MC. The Company, advised by Goldman […]