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OCZ's $35 Million Sale to Toshiba Leaves Zero for Shareholders

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Last week, I wrote an article describing the fall of OCZ Technology Group (OCZ).

For OCZ investors hoping for a miracle, the announcement all but seals the fate of the company. Here's part of the press release pertinent to shareholders:

Toshiba to acquire substantially all of OCZ's assets in a chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding for $35M.

So the next question for shareholders is -- how much, if any, of the $35 million will flow to equity holders. We can't calculate the exact amount because we don't know what the current cash burn rate is, but we are able to calculate close to the maximum.

Based on the last quarterly SEC filing, OCZ balance sheet included the following (rounded):


Cash & Short Term Investments $10.5 million

Receivables $12.7 million

Inventory $23.4 million

Other Current $2.5 million

Property & Equipment $6.9 million

Intangibles $4 million

Misc Assets $1.1 million

Total Assets $61.9

Based on the press release and expected cash burn we can assume OCZ has zero, or near zero, cash left. At the rate receivables are declining, we can use $10 million as an estimate. The receivables may or may not be included as an asset sold, and it may not matter depending on liabilities (spoiler, it doesn't matter).


Short Term Debt $1.9 million

Accounts Payable $19.7 million

Other Current $17.1 million

Long Term Debt $19.6 million

Others $4.5 million

Total Liabilities $62.8 million

The above numbers show that OCZ has $35 million from Toshiba from which to pay $62.8 million in liabilities with (the actual numbers are not likely this generous for shareholders). For shareholders buying or refusing to sell stock hoping there will be some left over after the bills are paid, it doesn't appear there is enough to go around and equity holders are last in line. 

Once OCZ files bankruptcy, the fiduciary duty of the Board of Directors shifts from equity holders to creditors. The bankruptcy filing will also mean a delisting from NASDAQ and shares will trade over-the-counter until delisted there. It's vital for shareholders to liquidate before leaving NASDAQ because the transition typically results in a loss of about 50%.

Don't develop the "I've lost this much, what's the difference" mindset. As investors, our returns over the long run are based on the decisions that we make. Never allow a losing position to remain in place longer than necessary after you determine it's a loser.

At the time of publication, Weinstein had no positions in securities mentioned.

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This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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