A WSJ analysis of 11,000 insider trades at 550 publicly traded companies has found that those trades veer heavily towards the sale of stock in the year before a firm files for bankruptcy protection. At A123 Systems (AONEQ.PK), for example, six employees sold a combined 9.1M shares in the 12 months before the battery maker filed for Chapter 11. Other companies mentioned include Patriot Coal (PCXCQ.OB).
A123 Systems, now known as B456 Systems (AONEQ.PK) expects its Joint Plan of Liquidation to become effective at some point after June 10 and "upon the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions precedent." Last week, B456 won court approval for its plan to exit bankruptcy by selling off its assets. Shares +4.35% but down from earlier highs. (8-K filing)
The U.S. government has signed off on the sale of bankrupt A123 Systems (AONEQ.PK -13.3%) to Chinese auto parts maker Wanxiang Group, Wanxiang announces. Some members of Congress had objected to the sale, citing energy security concerns and the $249M grant (not fully released) that A123 had received from Uncle Sam. A U.S. bankruptcy court and creditors have already approved the deal. A123 shares are currently trading at $0.035 on the pink sheets.
Auto-part manufacturer Wanxiang has won the bidding for the assets of bankrupt battery maker A123 Systems (AONE) auctioned this week, for a reported $250M-$260M. AONE filed for bankruptcy in October after a financing deal with Wanxiang fell through.
A123 (AONE) should see at least four bidders come in to try and buy the company out of bankruptcy at an auction that starts today. Johnson Controls (JCI +0.6%), NEC, Siemens (SI), and Wanxiang all qualified to bid for parts of the lithium-ion battery maker.
The government filed court papers this week saying that A123 (AONE) can't be sold without its approval, due to the $239M grant that the bankrupt developer of car batteries has received from the Energy Department. Johnson Controls (JCI) is battling with China's Wanxiang Group to acquire A123, although Wanxiang's bid has aroused political opposition in the U.S.
A123 Systems (AONE) received a $946,830 grant payment from the government on the day it filed for Chapter 11 last month. The money, which was was part of $115.8M in funds that the electric-car battery producer has received, will add fuel to criticism about the government's support of green-energy programs. What won't help is that a court has approved bonuses of up to $4.2M for 10 employees who have stayed on while A123's assets are sold.
A123 Systems (AONE) receives court approval for $50M in Debtor-in-Possession financing from Wanxiang Group Corporation. The company is continuing discussions with Johnson Controls (JCI) over bidding procedures in connection with the asset purchase agreement the firms signed.
A123 Systems (AONE +54.6%) soars to a lofty $0.19 after China's Wanxiang Group files a 13-D waiving any right to exercise warrants to purchase A123 shares, or otherwise go through with its cancelled financing deal. Last week, Wanxiang said it still wants to acquire bankrupt A123, and announced plans to outbid Johnson Controls for A123's battery business. (also)
A123 Systems (AONE +46.5%) trades higher on reports it will appeal to a bankruptcy judge for the right to entertain better offers for its lithium-ion battery business and gains receives approval to use debtor financing from Johnson Controls (JCI) to keep operations running. Lost in part of the political mumbo-jumbo over the failure of the company is the bigger theme that automakers are starting to see better opportunities by focusing on the hybrid-electric market, rather than the all-electric, on a purely economic rationale.
Wanxiang Group intends to outbid Johnson Controls (JCI) for A213's (AONE) automotive-business assets and replace the U.S. company as the "stalking horse" bidder. The Chinese company announced its intention at a court hearing yesterday following A123's filing for Chapter 11. At the hearing, A123 won approval to borrow up to $15.5M in interim financing from Johnson Controls.
A123 (AONE +27.1%) shares roar higher after Wanxiang President Ni Pin says his company is still interested in taking over A123 despite the company filing for Chapter 11 this week and calling off its investment deal with the Chinese autoparts firm. Ni tells Bloomberg that the filing may make A123 more attractive. "Bankruptcy court is like a filter that lets a dirty big boy covered with mud go through it and turn himself into a clean boy," Ni says.
More on A123 (AONE -72.8%) bankruptcy protection: A123 agrees to sell auto business assets to Johnson Controls (JCI +0.4%) for $125M, including tech, products, customer contracts and facilities. JCI will provide A123 with $72.5M in financing to support its continued ops, and will license back certain tech for the company's grid, commercial, government and other ops, for which it has received interest. A123's financing deal with China's Wanxiang Group is off. (PR)
A123 Systems (AONE) officially files for bankruptcy protection. The electric car battery maker warned last night it might file for bankruptcy after defaulting on a loan payment. It remains to be seen how the filing affects A123's financing deal with China's Wanxiang Group. Shares -50% to $0.12.
A123 Systems (AONE) says that it may not have sufficient cash to fund operations and may need to seek bankruptcy protection. The company failed to meet interest payments on approximately $143M of its material debt agreements today, and as a result, expects to be in default by tomorrow. Shares -47% AH.