Sunday, June 14, 2009

Six Flags Inc.: Chapter 11 bankruptcy and restructuring

On June 13, 2009, Six Flags Inc., with unianimous support from its lenders, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The New York- based company is the largest theme park company in the world. It operates theme parks in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The company was already under $2.4 billion dollar when its current management team took over the company. Mark Shapiro, chief executive of Six Flags Inc. said that the company would not be able to sustain such huge debt load in the time of economic recession. Reuters reports:

The plan will result in a deleveraging of the company's balance sheet by about $1.8 billion, as well as the elimination of more than $300 million in preferred stock obligations.

More than three years ago, Daniel M. Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins American football team, took over Six Flags Inc. Though a successful businessman himself, his management team could not make the company profitable. In the first quarter of the current fiscal year, the company reported a lost worth $146.3 million. After getting bankruptcy court approval, the company will go for restructuring.


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