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In my last post, I briefly highlighted some difficulties a private investor might face with classic distressed debt investing. Recognizing these limitations, I usually prefer to stick with distressed debt asset managers & investment vehicles. However, there’s many other firms in orbit around this opportunity. Even better, my definition of distressed investing stretches to include what I call the distressed consumer. Consider it exploitation of the poor, if you wish – but the real bonanza is actually much more equal opportunity. To be blunt, it’s really about the exploitation of the (financially) stupid… And stupidity’s an enduring human frailty to bet on, despite the frequent & pointless efforts of politicians to legislate it away.
Let’s begin with the business end of things:
Picture you’re an ailing company whose business & finances are beginning to seize up. You’ve executed on most of the usual cost-control & cashflow measures already, but you still need more juice… Your book of receivables might yield some quick cash – Intrum Justitia (IJ:SS) can help. PRGX Global (PRGX:US) may unearth new and unexpected savings, waste & fraud for you. [PRGX is now expanding into US healthcare. Considering the unconscionable levels of fraud, waste & over-billing in that industry, this could offer them a huge new growth opportunity]. You might have been pinning your hopes on launching/winning a crucial lawsuit, but now you can’t afford the legal expense & uncertainty – Burford Capital (BUR:LN), Juridica Investments (JIL:LN) & IMF Australia (IMF:AU) can lower your risk & provide the necessary funding. Maybe you should also start selling anything that isn’t nailed down – call Ritchie Bros Auctioneers (RBA:CN).