Rite Aid Reemerges (Again)

Rite Aid has been on the decline for a long time but is one of those stocks that occasionally pop back up on the radar. 🧭

Today, the pharmacy chain said it’s preparing to file for bankruptcy in an attempt to address mass federal and state lawsuits over its role in the sale of opioids. The Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing would cover its more than $3.3 billion debt load and pending legal allegations that it oversupplied prescription painkillers. 💊

However, the company said it hasn’t yet agreed on a settlement and is planning to treat them as general unsecured claims. That means they’d rank behind a company’s collateralized debt in bankruptcy and share only what’s left over after secured claims are paid in full. 📒

The legal claims will likely cause Rite Aid to join pharmaceutical manufacturers Purdue Pharma, Mallinckrodt, and Endo International as companies at least partly bankrupted by opioid litigation. Suppose those cases are any indication of what could happen with Rite Aid. In that case, it’ll likely reach settlements of its opioid claims in bankruptcy that allocate more to opioid plaintiffs than other unsecured creditors.

The news sent shares of $RAD plunged to new all-time lows as fears that little to nothing will be left for common shareholders spread. We’ll see in the weeks ahead if it becomes a “meme stock” like other bankrupt companies have. But for now, things are looking pretty grim. 😬

Rite Aid Throws In The Towel

Two months after we last spoke about it, pharmacy retailer Rite Aid is back in the news again. Unfortunately, for a similar reason as last time. 👎

In August, the drugstore chain warned it was preparing for bankruptcy as it buckled under mounting debts and lawsuits over its role in the opioid epidemic. Today, the company officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New Jersey, appointing a new CEO to lead the restructuring plan. 📝

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Charlie Munger Passes At 99

The investing world is mourning the loss of investing sage Charlie Munger, who passed away today at age 99. 📰

Berkshire Hathaway released a statement that he peacefully died this morning at a California hospital. Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, said, “Berkshire Hathaway could not have been built to its present status without Charlie’s inspiration, wisdom, and participation.”

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Volkswagen Fails To Compete

It’s been a rough year for automakers, which continued today with Germany’s Volkswagen. 😨

The automobile company owns several brands, including Porsche, Audi, and its original brand, Volkswagen. However, the company’s CEO told staff at an internal meeting that its original brand is “no longer competitive” and that cuts are coming.

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Goodbye SPACs, Hello SPARCs?

While investors have certainly cooled on the idea of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), famous hedge funder Bill Ackman is betting they may be open to his spin on the investment vehicle. 🧠

A SPARC is a special purpose acquisition rights company, which operates like a SPAC, acting as a shell to combine with a private company and take it public. However, with a SPARC, investors will know what company the financing vehicle would be used to merge with before they pledge their investments.

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