Burn, baby, burn. We spotlight some nameworthy players in the energy and retail sectors who have been burning through cash and racking up debt in order to outrun the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public company bankruptcies soared in 2020, and filings continue to roll in as fallout from COVID-19. Here are five of the most notable Chapter 11 cases we've seen so far in 2021, and another five companies we feel are in big-time danger.
Here are some high-profile public companies that risk professionals must monitor closely as we reach 2021's midpoint. Credit risk may have receded some in recent months, but the spectres of debt and potential bankruptcy loom larger than ever.
Business at casinos and resorts has picked up following an easing of travel restrictions after COVID-19, yet operators worldwide continue to be tested by steep fixed cost structures and debt-loaded balance sheets.
Trucking industry bellwethers, including UPS, FedEx, and Amazon, continue to enjoy steady delivery volumes and pricing power. Yet their collective lack of forward guidance reflects an industry with uncertainty, particularly for underperforming truckers.
The energy sector is slowly working its way back from the severe demand decline in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Schlumberger N.V. and Seadrill Limited, at different ends of the risk spectrum, are prime examples that underscore the effectiveness of the FRISK® score in keeping an everyday watch on bankruptcy.
Central banks worldwide are suppressing borrowing rates to accommodate credit markets, trying to alleviate financial pressures on corporations. This is creating a surge of "zombie companies," or firms that are staying alive in spite of their inability to service interest expenses.