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Managing The Red Ink

Aburdensome debt load can restrict companies from making acquisitions; undertaking needed capital expenditures; borrowing cheaply; and, in the long run, satisfying shareholders. How can a company best decrease debt? There are three basic approaches: divestiture, issue new equity and/or refinance debt, or spend out of cash flow. Within the three approaches, there is a lot of leeway. Sometimes companies can ...

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Ameritech’s Excellent Adventure

Moving from a regulated to a deregulated business environment can be an experience akin to “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” or, on the downside, the appropriately named sequel, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.” While some industries (the airlines, among them) and, indeed, a slew of companies have taken the “bogus journey,” few have mastered the “excellent adventure.”One of the excellent ...

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