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Altera Infrastructure Files Chapter 11

As noted by J in the Reader Initiated Alerts early this morning Altera Infrastructure has filed a Chaper 11 bankruptcy petition. Altera is controlled by Brookfield Business Partners (BBU)

The company had 3 preferred issues outstanding which can be seen here. Dividends had been suspended since 7/2021. It would be most likely there will be no recovery by these preferred stock shareholders (although I have not closely scrutinized the filings).

Information on the filing can be read here.

I had written a tiny bit on this in July, 2021 after the dividend was suspended.

9 thoughts on “Altera Infrastructure Files Chapter 11”

  1. Looks like the Altera preferred shares are heading to the Pink Sheets:
    On August 15, 2022, the Partnership received a letter from the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) notifying the Partnership that as a result of the Chapter 11 Cases and in accordance with section 802.01D of the NYSE’s Listed Company Manual, the NYSE has determined that the Partnership’s 7.25% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Units (the “Series A Units”), 8.50% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Units (the “Series B Units”) and 8.875% Series E Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units (the “Series E Units” and, together with the Series A Units and Series B Units, the “Units”) will be delisted from the NYSE. The NYSE also notified the Partnership that trading of the Units has been halted as of August 15, 2022.

    The Partnership does not intend to appeal the NYSE’s determination. A Form 25 will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which will remove the Units from listing and registration on the NYSE. The Partnership expects that its Units will be eligible to be quoted on the OTC Pink operated by the OTC Markets Group Inc. (the “OTC Pink”) if one or more brokers choose to make a market for the Units. To the extent the Units are quoted on the OTC Pink, the Partnership expects such market may provide significantly less liquidity than the NYSE, and trading prices of the Units may decline. However, there can be no assurances regarding any such initial quotation, the existence of a market or trading prices. Due to the risks and uncertainties resulting from the Chapter 11 Cases, trading in the Partnership’s Units during the pendency of the Chapter 11 Cases poses substantial risks.

    As of yesterday (Wednesday August 17, 2022), PFF held 464,151 of the Series A shares; 409,085 of the Series B shares; and 409,802 shares of Series E. If they do in fact get re-listed on OTCMarkets.com, it will be a sight to behold. This may rival or exceed the LTSA debacle for PFF in terms of losses.

    Thank heavens for the Moody’s and Fitch downgrade ratings in late April, 2021. Those ratings – along with the “strategic review” language in their Q42020 report – scared me out of these issues. Dodged a real bullet there.

    1. So, if they are forced to sell (say at close to 0.00), and their current holdings were worth (at time of delisting) well under 1 Million, and their other current assets are ~ 16 Billion, wouldn’t this be just a minuscule loss of total value? Or am I missing something?

  2. I once got a fortune cookie that said, “A dividend cut on the common is a warning chirp from the canary in the preferred coal mine. “

    1. Bear–not a bad fortune cookie. That along with the one that says ‘a common stock price under $1 portends problems ahead.

    1. ALIN prefs are down -50% this morning and now suspended from trading and likely will be kicked off NYSE, perhaps to trade OTC in due course.

      I hope anyway still holding them had a chance to sell.

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