Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lazare Kaplan Lives; Still No Balance Sheet, Though

No sooner did we part ways (for the second time) with LKII than the company announced a settlement agreement with ABN AMRO Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland, which, as we understand it, resulted in $64 million in obligations being deemed "satisfied in full". ABN also agreed to transfer 2,151,103 shares of outstanding LKII stock, more than 25% of outstanding shares, back to the company. Lazare Kaplan forked over $14 million in cash to ABN and RBS as part of the settlement.

Shares jumped on the news, and now "trade" in the $1.41 range. With such a small float, trading volume is extremely light, and the bid ask spread very wide; $1.30/$1.75 at this writing.

Certainly sounds like some positive developments for Lazare, which has suffered in the aftermath of some missing inventory (diamonds), but we still don't know what shape the company is in, and have not seen a balance sheet in ages. We also don't know that status of the company's $640 million lawsuit with it's insurers.

This could get interesting, but there are still many unknowns.

Stay tuned.

*The author has no position in the companies mentioned. This is neither a recommendation to buy or sell any securities. All information provided believed to be reliable and presented for information purposes only.