Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Investopedia: W.R. Grace - Maybe The Most Valuable Bankrupt Company Going

While individual/personal bankruptcy is pretty straightforward, the same cannot be said for corporate bankruptcy. Airlines go through bankruptcy seemingly about as often as most people buy and sell cars, while in other cases bankruptcy is the end of the story – whatever assets are worth something are sold off and the company ceases to be.

Then there's the case of W.R. Grace (NYSE:GRA). Technically in bankruptcy, Grace did not go into bankruptcy because of any flaws in its core business, but rather the rapidly-accelerating and virtually uncontrollable costs of settling asbestos litigation. With a valuable catalyst business, a stable coatings business, and a construction products business leveraged to a recovery, Grace is most definitely a going concern. On the other hand, a better-than-60% jump in the stock over the past year and a nearly 20-fold increase from the 2009 lows seems to already recognize the ongoing value in this business.

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