Asbestos Names Reach Higher Ground

  • 26 Aug 2001
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A rash of asbestos credits moved up last week, as dealers noted increasing comfort with liability issues. Crown Cork & Seal hit the high 80s from the mid-80s. A $10 million piece of Owens-Illinois' debt traded in the low 90s and a $5 million piece of USG traded into the low 70s from the high 60s. Dealers said the asbestos fear that triggered a downgrade in levels last fall is starting to clear. "The genie is back in the bottle. People are more familiar with the liability issues," said a market player. "At first, the potential losses [from lawsuits] were off the chart." Calls to Timothy Donahue, cfo of Crown Cork, were not returned. Calls to David Van Hooser, cfo of Owens, were referred spokesman Phil McWeeny, who did not comment by press time. Calls to Richard Fleming, cfo of USG, were not returned by press time.   Dealers have said that with most of the companies filing for Chapter 11, bankruptcy protection helped them restructure and protected them from mounting liability. Meanwhile, players had time to regain confidence in the credits. USG, which recently filed, has seen an uptick in levels ever since. "People are taking the view that it's going to be a bumpy ride, but that it's worth it to stick it out because of the market share these companies have, meaning they're long-term players," a dealer said.
  • 26 Aug 2001

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