Priszm Income Fund – Specified Defaults

Priszm (TSX: QSR.UN) filed in the documentation pertaining to their bridge loan, and when going through it, came up with the following summary as to what conditions the business defaulted on their senior loan obligation:

I notice that the senior noteholders are three related companies – The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Pruco Life Insurance Company and the Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity company. Whoever was the investment manager that picked Priszm for investment isn’t feeling too good right now – and presumably forced to sinking in $4M more into this train wreck in order to salvage the remainder of their investment.

The subordinated debentures (TSX: QSR.DB) traded down today to about 20 cents on the dollar as investors question their sanity for putting money into this venture. To figure out if there is any value left, one has to figure out whether management’s motivation is to eventually resurrect the company, or to generate a tax-loss write-off that works in their own favour (and not necessarily investors). One thing that I believe is virtually guaranteed is that the units are nearly worthless.

Disclosure: I own $200 market value of debentures, which I still believe offers a better payoff ratio than the upcoming Lotto MAX.

2 thoughts on “Priszm Income Fund – Specified Defaults”

  1. Good site, first time I stopped in,

    I’ll tell you what I’m worried about with those convertibles, the fact that in their prospectus (like all other converts) will exist for the rest of its 2 yr life in the current position its in now, say 7 – 10 cents on the dollar and then mature using common shares which its allowed to do. This company is going to blow apart when it is unable to payoff this renegotiated senior debt. With a 30million face amount, they have no chance of paying even 50 cents on the dollar if they went to bankruptcy court right now. It is so tempting to dump some $ into those convertibles but nothing it stopping them from giving you garbage common shares. My ONLY hope is that 66 1/2 of the company is taken over and those bonds are paid back in full which they have to be according to the offering papers…however truth is stranger than fiction.

    I’m a huge bond guy, and i’m bouncing off the walls trying to figure out if $7.99 is a good deal for this POS!

  2. Thanks for writing.

    My professional opinion is that I can get a higher payoff putting my $95 market value of QSR debentures into 19 Lotto MAX tickets (which currently is $50M+20x$1M)… at least then I will have a 71,700:1 chance of getting a 6-digit payout and a 5,250:1 chance of getting a 4-digit payout, which are two higher chances than you would have with QSR at the moment.

    Not only that, but when you win the Lotto MAX, it is tax free!

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