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1 Ronald F. Singer FINA 4330 Financial Distress Lecture 28
2 Key Concepts and Skills Be able to define financial distress and understand what happens to a firm in distressUnderstand the difference between liquidation and reorganizationUnderstand the absolute priority ruleUnderstand the potential benefits of a private workout versus formal bankruptcy
3 Outline1 What Is Financial Distress? 2 What Happens in Financial Distress? 3 Bankruptcy Liquidation and Reorganization 4 Private Workout or Bankruptcy: Which is Best? 5 Prepackaged Bankruptcy
4 1 What Is Financial Distress? Financial distress is a situation where a firm’s operating cash flows are not sufficient to satisfy current obligations, and the firm is forced to take corrective action.Financial distress may lead a firm to default on a contract, and it may involve financial restructuring between the firm, its creditors, and its equity investors.
5 InsolvencyStock-base insolvency: the value of the firm’s assets is less than the value of the debt.AssetsDebtEquitySolvent firmDebtAssetsEquityInsolvent firmDebtNote the negative equity
6 InsolvencyFlow-base insolvency occurs when the firms cash flows are insufficient to cover contractually required payments.$Cash flow shortfallContractual obligationsInsolvencyFirm cash flowtime
7 Largest U.S. Bankruptcies FirmLiabilities (in $ millions)DateConseco Inc.$56,639.30December 2002Worldcom Inc.45,984.00July 2002Enron Corp.31,237.00December 2001Delta Air Lines28,546.00September 2005Pacific Gas & Electric Co.25,717.00April 2001
8 2 What Happens in Financial Distress? Financial distress does not usually result in the firm’s death.Firms deal with distress by:Selling major assets.Merging with another firm.Reducing capital spending and research and development.Issuing new securities.Negotiating with banks and other creditors.Exchanging debt for equity.Filing for bankruptcy.
9 What Happens in Financial Distress? Financial restructuringNo financial restructuring49%51%Financial distressLegal bankruptcy Chapter 11Private workout47%53%Reorganize and emergeMerge with another firmLiquidation83%10%7%Source: Karen H. Wruck, “Financial Distress: Reorganization and Organizational Efficiency,” Journal of Financial Economics 27 (1990), Figure 2. See also Stuart C. Gilson; Kose John, and Larry N.P. Lang, “Troubled Debt Restructurings: An Empirical Study of Private Reorganization in Firms in Defaults,” Journal of Financial Economics 27 (1990); and Lawrence A. Weiss, “Bankruptcy Resolution: Direct Costs and Violation of Priority Claims,” Journal of Financial Economics 27 (1990).
10 Responses to Financial Distress Think of the two sides of the balance sheet.Asset Restructuring:Selling major assetsMerging with another firmReducing capital spending and R&D spendingFinancial Restructuring:Issuing new securitiesNegotiating with banks and other creditorsExchanging debt for equityFiling for bankruptcy
11 3 Bankruptcy Liquidation and Reorganization Firms that cannot meet their obligations have two choices: liquidation or reorganization.Liquidation (Chapter 7) means termination of the firm as a going concern.It involves selling the assets of the firm for salvage value.The proceeds, net of transactions costs, are distributed to creditors in order of priority.Reorganization (Chapter 11) is the option of keeping the firm a going concern.Reorganization sometimes involves issuing new securities to replace old ones.
12 Bankruptcy Liquidation Straight liquidation under Chapter 7:A petition is filed in a federal court. The debtor firm could file a voluntary petition or the creditors could file an involuntary petition against the firm.A trustee-in-bankruptcy is elected by the creditors to take over the assets of the debtor firm. The trustee will attempt to liquidate the firm’s assets.After the assets are sold, after payment of the costs of administration, money is distributed to the creditors.If any money is left over, the shareholders get it.
13 Bankruptcy Liquidation: Priority of Claims Liquidation proceeds are distributed in order of priority:Administration expenses associated with liquidationUnsecured claims arising after the filing of an involuntary bankruptcy petitionWages earned within 90 days before the filing date, not to exceed $2,000 per claimantContributions to employee benefit plans arising with 180 days before the filing dateConsumer claims, not exceeding $900Tax claimsSecured and unsecured creditors’ claimsPreferred stockholders’ claimsCommon stockholders’ claims
14 Absolute Priority Rule in Practice The APR states that senior claims are fully satisfied before junior claims receive anything.Deviations from APREquityholdersExpectation: No payoutReality: Payout in 81% of casesUnsecured creditorsExpectation: Full payout after secured creditorsReality: Violation in 78% of casesSecured creditorsExpectation: Full payoutReality: Full payout in 92% of cases
15 Reasons for Absolute Priority Rule Violations Creditors want to avoid the expense of litigation. Debtors are given a 120-day window of opportunity to cause delay and harm value.Managers often own equity and demand to be compensated. They are in charge for at least the next 120 days.Bankruptcy judges like consensual plans (they do not clog the court calendar with appeals) and pressure parties to compromise.
16 Bankruptcy Reorganization: Chapter 11 A typical sequence:A voluntary petition or an involuntary petition is filed.A federal judge either approves or denies the petition.In most cases the debtor continues to run the business.The firm is given 120 days to submit a reorganization plan.Creditors and shareholders are divided into classes. Requires only approval by 1/2 of creditors owning 2/3 of outstanding debt.After acceptance by the creditors, the plan is confirmed by the court.Payments in cash, property, and securities are made to creditors and shareholders.
17 4 Private Workout or Bankruptcy: Which Is Best? Both formal bankruptcy and private workouts involve exchanging new financial claims for old financial claims.Usually, senior debt is replaced with junior debt, and debt is replaced with equity.When they work, private workouts are better than a formal bankruptcy.Complex capital structures and lack of information make private workouts less likely.
18 Private Workout or Bankruptcy: Which Is Best? Advantages of BankruptcyNew credit is available - "debtor in possession" debtDiscontinued accrual of interest on pre-bankruptcy unsecured debtAn automatic stay provisionTax advantagesRequires only approval by 1/2 of creditors owning 2/3 of outstanding debtDisadvantages of BankruptcyA long and expensive processJudges are required to approve major business decisionsDistraction to management“Hold out” by stockholders
19 5 Prepackaged Bankruptcy Prepackaged Bankruptcy is a combination of a private workout and legal bankruptcy.The firm and most of its creditors agree to private reorganization outside the formal bankruptcy.After the private reorganization is put together (prepackaged) the firm files a formal bankruptcy (under Chapter 11).The main benefit is that it forces holdouts to accept a bankruptcy reorganization.Offers many of the advantages of a formal bankruptcy, but is more efficient.