Bellatrix Exploration Ltd.

Canadian oil & gas titan Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. suffered under the weight of tremendous debt, keeping their FRISK® score pinned down before eventual bankruptcy. CreditRiskMonitor’s 96%-accurate FRISK® score is calculated every day to assess bankruptcy risk in public companies and projects the likelihood of bankruptcy looking forward 12-months. High accuracy and timeliness are the two most important features of the FRISK® score that help financial risk evaluators stay ahead of bankruptcy. The FRISK® score uses a “1” (most risky)-to-“10” (least risky) scale to determine just how vulnerable a business is to failure.

Based in Calgary in the Canadian Rockies, Bellatrix sported a FRISK® score of "1" for the majority of 2019, briefly rising to a "2" before filing for Chapter 11 protection:

Bellatix BCS FRISK graph

In this Bankruptcy Case Study, we explore why Bellatrix eventually tapped out as huge quarterly net losses piled up and working capital rapidly decreased.

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