Monday, March 22, 2010

Lenders Change their Treatment of Troubled Loans

An interesting recent Reuters article, titled 'Lenders More Willing To Own Bankrupt Firms', documents a fairly significant change in the distressed and bankrupt marketplace. Lenders, it reports, are no longer selling their delinquent and troubled loans. They are not selling the loans at steep discounts. They are converting loans to equity ownership and managing the companies themselves.

Reportedly lenders are “kicking the proverbial can down the street" by granting waivers. They are no longer forcing companies to default, or marking loans to market. This is quite unusual, as compared to prior practice.

Will this continue? Once the economy improves, will lenders focus on lending money? Or will lenders continue to be owners and manage the operating companies? Or will they return to selling troubled loans?