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
There were over 158,000 bankruptcy petitions filed in the US in March 2010, according to a recent report from Aacer, a bankruptcy data collection company, which was 35% more than the previous month. This was also a 19% increase over filings in October 2009, the previous high since personal bankruptcy law was tightened in October 2005.