Creating Value Through Corporate Restructuring: Case Studies by Stuart C. Gilson

By Stuart C. Gilson

A set of case reports illustrates real-world recommendations, implementation, and methods on company restructuring Over the interval 1981-1998, public businesses with mixed resources of over part a thousand billion funds filed for bankruptcy eleven financial ruin. Over an analogous interval, over four hundred public businesses underwent company spin-offs, divesting companies worth greater than $250 billion. every one of those businesses, and all of those cash, have been not directly or one other occupied with company restructuring. Gilson's situations experiences were used largely in government courses and are ideal instruments to consult whilst confronted with real-world company restructuring concerns. Stuart C. Gilson (Boston, MA) is an affiliate Professor at Harvard college and a greatly said professional on company restructuring. He has studied and released at the intricacies of either household and overseas company restructuring.

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1 lists the twelve largest North American death care companies. The largest firm, Service Corporation International (SCI), owned 3,442 funeral homes, 433 cemeteries, and 191 crematoria, spread across 20 countries. 3 percent, respectively, of each market. 2 presents Loewen’s financial statements. 4 present comparative financial, operating, and stock market data for Loewen and its three main competitors. 5 reports acquisition premiums paid by Loewen and its competitors. Aggregate revenues in thedeathcare industry were relatively predictable.

7 September 17, 1996 Mr. Raymond L. Loewen Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer The Loewen Group Inc. Dear Mr. While your office has assured me that you received my messages, my calls have not been returned. In view of that, and in viewof the importance of this matter, Iam sending this letter. Iwould like to discuss with you a combination of our two companies. We believe that this transaction can be structured in a manner that is tax-freeto both companies. . 4% above the price at which Loewen Group stock is currently trading.

Loewen’s ongoing acquisitions program had been aggressively financedwith debt. 3 billion-more than seven times the amount outstanding five years earlier. Loewen’s common stock, which was simultaneously traded on the New York, Toronto, This case was prepared by Professor Stuart Gilson, assisted by Research Associate lose Carnacho. Copyright 0 2000 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Harvard Business School case 201 -062. 25 R ~ S T R U C T U RCI ~R~~ ~ I T O R CLAIMS S’ treal stock exchanges, had ended the year at around $8 in New wn from roughly $40 at the end of 1996.

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