John West at InsideHPC has a brief article on SGI, noting that they have received their second delisting notice. As of now, SGI, a company I spent 6 years at, and really enjoyed my time there (apart from the decisions various company senior management made), which hit a $4B valuation at one point, is currently worth $5.24M.
SGI was once a great company. What made SGI great were the people, some of whom are still there. This was a seriously kick-ass products company.
That badly … badly … lost its way. The blame for this rests squarely with the leadership.
Tomorrow, SGI will no longer trade on the NASDAQ. They will be likely trading on the pink sheets (over the counter).
From the Yahoo financial news site:
Not quoted is that in the next sentence, SGI is indicated to have filed a hearing to challenge the rationale behind the delisting. I haven’t seen an update on this, so I am not sure if it will take.
While this is bothersome and destructive of value for most companies, the issue with SGI may be worse. Specifically, SGI has a number of debt instruments that depend upon specific items, possibly including valuation.
From their recent 10Q form
Now this isn’t so bad, as long as you are liquid, have good cash flow, lots of backlog and deals. Delisting could be temporary (SGI could apply later). SGI has challenged this delisting now, and they could prevail.
But their 10Q goes on in harsh detail …
That is, they may not be able to achieve, and are higher than they have achieved in the past.
This isn’t, in and of itself, an existential issue.
The next sentence is.
That is, if they can’t achieve specific indicated performance, the people who loaned them money may say “all done.” They will default if they cannot get their earnings up above the levels they agreed to. Which they haven’t been able to in recent history.
This quote doesn’t mean this will happen. An investor has to look at the possibility of SGI paying them back. If their customers slow buying, this is a problem. In this economy, customers have slowed buying.
The 10Q goes on …
Ok … we can read this one slowly.
First, they were delisted. This is not a problem …
… unless you have specific valuation, and other covenants tied to your debt, obligations you must maintain, in order to be held in good standing, and not in default.
SGI may not meet these levels of obligation, either from EBITDA or other covenants. They are indicating that they have 15 days to meet those covenants.
Can they do it?
A long while ago (April 2008), I posted a quick financial look at them and asked why were they on a downward trend. This was after Bear Stearns blew up, but well before the rest of the financial meltdown got going in earnest.
In it, I posted a chart, which is a live link against the Yahoo financial chart. Here is the chart.
And here is what I wrote relative to the stock price
Stock price isn’t everything. But the point about being close to zero was prescient. I was thinking it wouldn’t happen, unless something went very very wrong.
Which did happen.
And the stock price being close to zero could impact covenants on the debt. Which could trigger a default.
Their 8-K form from Sept 2008 has a few interesting elements:
They have to show earnings of $30M by 25-Sept-2009. They most recently showed -$70M or so.
They have $36M in cash, $157M in debt, and are hitting -$60M/year operating cash flow. About -$15M/quarter. Which gives about 2 quarters of cash. And after the Morgan Stanley payment, about 1 quarter of maintaining the global liquidity covenant.
More than a year ago, Linux Networx died. It died because it couldn’t maintain its covenants and payment schedule on debt. SGI has a payment due Morgan Stanley coming up soon for their $127.5M term loan. Quarterly payments are about $4.25M
To the point, I wrote of LNXI then
So SGI just won 6 of 7 in TI-09. Great. When does this show up on the bottom line? How many months/years out before the revenue can be recognized? And how will SGI rebuild its reseller channel after just losing what is effectively its only educational fulfillment relationship?
And if the bond owners decide they want to protect what little value they have left in the company, force a liquidation, and sell off the pieces to recover a fraction of this debt …
I don’t see a bright or long future for SGI. The writing, as it were, appears to be on the wall, and the clock, in a very real sense, is counting down. Banks and other lenders everywhere are cutting their losses to preserve capital.
As the fable goes, maybe the horse will learn how to sing. Much can happen in 16 days.
But whatever does happen will not be pretty.