Owl Creek & Cyrus Capital Active in YRC Worldwide (YRCW) ~ market folly

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Owl Creek & Cyrus Capital Active in YRC Worldwide (YRCW)

Hedge funds have been active in shares of YRC Worldwide (YRCW) recently. Jeffrey Altman's hedge fund Owl Creek Asset Management and Stephen Freidheim's Cyrus Capital Partners recently filed various forms with the SEC regarding the company. There are a lot of moving parts to their positions, so let's dig in.

Owl Creek Asset Management's Position

The 13G shows the latest activity as of September 16th and reveals Owl Creek has a 17.4% ownership stake in YRC Worldwide. This is based on 75,011,292 shares of common stock, 218,570,388 shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of Series B notes ($13,507,650 in aggregate principal amount), and finally 94,284,663 shares of common stock issuable either as make-whole shares or upon conversion of the PIK notes.

Digging into the footnotes, we see that Altman's hedge fund holds $17,573,269 in aggregate principal amount of 10% Series A Notes. These notes are not convertible until July 22, 2013 and the current conversion price is $0.1134.

Their Form 4 filed with the SEC shows they sold common stock in YRCW in the latter half of September, reducing their position from 110.5 million shares down to the current 75 million shares. The majority of their sales came at $0.07x.

For all the particulars of Owl Creek's position in YRCW, head to their 13G here. We also recently detailed how Altman's firm started a position in Forest Oil (FST).

Cyrus Capital Partners' Position

Stephen Freidheim's hedge fund Cyrus Capital actually filed an activist 13D on the company compared to Owl Creek's passive 13G. Cyrus revealed a 20.3% ownership stake in YRCW with 447,860,113 shares. This includes 289,738,036 shares of common stock issuable upon exercise of the Series B notes. For all the fine print of Cyrus' filing, head here.

YRC's Reorganization

YRCW is currently trading around $0.059 and underwent a charter amendment merger on September 16th, "whereby a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Issuer merged into the Issuer and the certificate of incorporation of the Issuer was amended and restated to increase the number of common stock authorized."

Due to this, the above hedge funds' preferred stock automatically converted into common stock and the Series A notes became convertible two years from the date of issuance (as detailed above). The Series B notes became immediately convertible at a fixed price into shares of common stock.

The company recently announced that Jeff Rogers will be YRC President and Mike Naatz will be Holland President, both reporting to YRC Worldwide CEO James Welch. Some analysts, though, haven't ruled out a bankruptcy filing for the trucking company.

Per Google Finance, YRC Worldwide is "a holding company. YRC Worldwide, through wholly owned operating subsidiaries offers its customers a range of transportation services. These services include global, national and regional transportation, as well as logistics."

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