Have no fear, the Twinkie will survive
Even though Hostess is going into bankruptcy, a line of suitors is interested in grabbing some of its brands. And the Twinkie is one of the hottest ones.
The phones at Hostess are ringing off the hook as companies line up to pursue the 30 brands that are for sale, now that the final mediation session between the company and its striking employees has failed.
Hostess has received "a flood of inquiries" from interested buyers, attorney Heather Lennox told a bankruptcy judge in court this week, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Unfortunately, all 18,500 workers will lose their jobs at a company that should have been managed better. Hostess has been in bankruptcy before, and emerged a few years ago loaded up with debt from its private equity backers. The company was so underwater, in fact, that it couldn't buy new equipment, The New York Times reports. Hostess had more than $860 million in debt earlier this year.
Hostess is unfairly pushing all the blame for its troubles on the unions. Still, the unions do bear some responsibility here. High labor costs doomed the company; employees had formed into 12 different unions by the time the end came.
At any rate, Hostess is keeping a "skeleton staff" of 3,200 people, The Journal reports. It's trying to find buyers for 30 brands and 36 factories, and from the way the suitors are lining up, it sounds like Hostess won't have a problem with some of those brands.
"We therefore think there could be very healthy competition," Lennox told the court. Hostess may start auctioning some of its assets soon.
Hostess also plans to award bonuses to the officers and managers that helped run the company into the ground. The company is seeking $1.75 million to distribute to 19 executives for a job well done.
Some potential buyers include international companies eager for a piece of the U.S. bakery business as well as big pastry names already familiar to Americans. Flowers Foods (FLO), which makes Nature's Own bread, has been mentioned as a buyer along with Groupo Bimbo, a Mexican company that also owns the Entenmann's pastry line.
So whoever made the single bid for a $5,000 Twinkie sold on eBay, you may have a great story to tell but you probably won't have one of the last Twinkies ever made. They'll be back.
More from Top Stocks
- Hey, the BlackBerry is back
- Car sales expected to rise 12% for 2012
- 2 growth stocks restore market's faith
Everyone over 12 yrs. old know that Twinkies suck.....powder fluffed sugar wrapped in a soft sponge.......Maybe the Union will feed the 18,500 fools those delicious treats with designated foodstamps.....and the Walmart commie union idiots can get another job making $2.00 less per hour......
I doubt they will, they want to get on the Obama Gravy Train.
It has become quite apparent on here, that MOST know very little about Unions nor Venture/Vulture
Capital organizations...Sad. And although"some unions" may have problems...They have certainly not "outlived themselves."...And you will realize that in 10-15 years...IMO
We have been on both sides of the fence, but never straddled....There will be regrets someday.
And for any "Foodies" on board....I have 1 box left, I should have had her buy more, before the final edict...Any takers?...From my cold dead hands....
BTW...DOW back through 13K today and the RUT2K over 800....Wooohooo!!
Why are the big guys getting bonuses. Maybe that money should go to the unemployed. I think that's a great idea.
I hope someone buys the company. It's ashame that after 80+years,this has to happpen.
I know that Americans are eating healthier,but this is a food staple for all age groups.
PLEASE bring it back!!!!!
Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
Improving the US's technological infrastructure would be a costly undertaking, but government regulation could help boost connection speeds and competition.
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
Top Stocks provides analysis about the most noteworthy stocks in the market each day, combining some of the best content from around the MSN Money site and the rest of the Web.
Contributors include professional investors and journalists affiliated with MSN Money.
Follow us on Twitter @topstocksmsn.