Monday, August 14, 2006
"Rhetorical question: Is private equity "dumb money"?"
Does Fortress taking Intrawest private for a 50% premium answer the question? All that debt won't go away but all the asset valuation backed by resort area land holdings will. This isn't a deal that has to happen unlike the Homebuilders who had their buyback programs to prop up the price while the insiders cashed out of Lyons who by going private can report awhole lot less. When Intrawest is carved up and sold off for debt repayment things will get interesting. There seems to be some weird bet that the Vancouver Olympics will enhance their BC holdings but I want the name of the bank that okayed this white elephant deal.