GenOn Energy Inc.

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Multi-billion dollar utility GenOn Energy Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring on June 14, 2017. This outcome primarily resulted from GenOn's excessive debt load and persistent weakness in natural gas prices. Acquired by NRG Energy in 2012, GenOn's downfall parallels Energy Future Holdings Corp's corporate failure in 2014.

This Bankruptcy Case Study displays GenOn's FRISK® score of "1," which indicated a significant probability of financial distress over the coming 12 months. Risk managers will find other important red flags highlighted, including reported EBITDA and free cash flow both turning negative in the second quarter of 2016. Lastly, we present new alerts over a 15-month period that show the utility's increasing risk profile prior to its bankruptcy filing.

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CreditRiskMonitor Bankruptcy Case Studies provide post-filing analyses of public company bankruptcies. Our case studies educate subscribers about methods they can apply to assess bankruptcy risk using CreditRiskMonitor’s proprietary FRISK® score, robust financial database, and timely news alerts.

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