GEO Group: Now Teetering On The Edge Of Bankruptcy As A Prisoner To Their Debt

May 26, 2021 10:10 AM ETThe GEO Group, Inc. (GEO)159 Comments
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  • The shareholders of GEO Group have endured a terrible ride during the last twelve months with their dividends being completely suspended.
  • Now, Standard & Poor's has downgraded their credit rating even further into the junk territory and warned of a debt default, which is essentially tantamount to bankruptcy.
  • Although it would be tempting to assign blame with the new Biden administration and their plans to phase out federal use of private prisons, their leverage was already unsustainable.
  • Considering the long and questionable path forward with deleveraging through free cash flow, it seems likely that they will seek to restructure by converting debt to equity.
  • It does not bode well for their shareholders that not a single member of their management has purchased any shares during the last twelve months, and thus, I believe that a bearish rating is appropriate.

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If utilized correctly, debt can have a wonderful and transformational effect, but as always, nothing is free, and this naturally accompanies risks with countless stories of companies becoming prisoners to their debt, a fate that ironically awaits

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