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Personal Property Appraisals 101

What You Should Know Before Hiring a Property Appraiser Are you a lender who needs an appraisal of personal property (machinery, equipment and inventory) in connection with making a loan? Are you a company that needs an appraisal in connection with a capital raise, or some other purpose? Regardless of the reason, there are some […]


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Determining the Collateral Value of a Secured Claim

Knowing Collateral Value Helps Determine the Creditor’s Rights Under a Plan The question of why we need to know the collateral value of a secured claim seems quite obvious when a secured creditor may be under-secured, that is when the value of its claim exceeds the value of the collateral securing it. In that case, […]


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Determining Value – Choosing a Business Appraiser

Don’t Leave Valuation to Chance Valuation is the determination of the worth of an entity or item. According to Erin Hollis “A valuation can be as loose as a guess, to a ‘back of the envelope’ calculation, to a formal opinion rendered by a third-party professional business valuation expert”. Having the right valuation of your […]


When Your Borrower Files for Bankruptcy (DIP Financing, Cash Collateral, and Adequate Protection)

What you need to know as a secured lender to a borrower who goes into bankruptcy you should know already, well in advance. If your borrower’s bankruptcy filing has taken you by surprise, please refer to my next article in this series, in which I will discuss the tactics and strategies in the contested case […]


From Penthouse to Ground Floor – The Penthouse Magazine Bankruptcy

The Life, Death and Many Reincarnations of Penthouse Magazine Penthouse International, publisher of Penthouse Magazine, sold for $11.2 million in June. The company was worth about $700 million (adjusted for inflation) at its height. The latest Penthouse Magazine bankruptcy highlights just how far Penthouse has fallen. The New Owner The buyer was WGCZ, which also owns […]


Limiting Credit Bidding “For Cause” After In re Aeropostale

Section 363(k) of the Bankruptcy Code (the “Code”) allows a secured creditor to bid at a section 363 sale and use the amount of their claim to offset the purchase price at the sale, called “credit bidding.”[2]   A court may limit this right “for cause.”[3]  The “for cause” standard is not defined in the Code […]


Introduction to Distressed Analysis – Developing Your Investment Thesis and Valuation Methods

Ok, time for a more in depth look at making a thesis and a valuation. From the outset, I want to underscore a point raised in my previous article here, that most investors will want to enter the distressed investing space by relying on the expertise of various funds that focus on these types of investments. Thus, I’ll first address here the […]


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