Most troubled companies share a common denominator: excessive debt and management indecisiveness. That doesn’t mean lack of desire to perform. It does, however, mean that there have been some fundamental issues, strategy mistakes or procrastination among senior management in the months or years leading up to that point. You could write several books on the lists of reasons that companies get into trouble and in a career of restructuring troubled companies, there are many stories to tell. In this article, we discuss 6 areas of focus for a troubled company: 1. Cash management 2. Profit and profitability 3. Controlling costs 4. Fixed Assets and Inventory 5. Accounts Receivable 6. Debt
In April and May, commercial and industrial lending was strong, companies were opening up new revolvers and refinancing at reduced rates. Banks were allowing extended maturities and were eager to put money to work; so much so, that some banks were loosening lending standards to offer favorable terms to those with less than strong credits.
October 15, 2009 - Tulsa World: Signs point to tight business lending in 2010. Matthew Bristow, ClearRidge feature article in Business Viewpoint section in the Tulsa World.
July 30, 2009. Bank of America Business Capital provided a $55 million senior secured credit facility to a ClearRidge client, a lumber and manufactured wood distributor. The asset-based loan is being used to refinance existing debt. ClearRidge acted as advisor for the transaction.
May 3, 2009. Connie Tommerup, Manager of Restructuring and Corporate Finance is honored in Tulsa World's People Spotlight. At ClearRidge, Connie's primary role is analyzing clients financial systems, financial reporting processes and internal controls.