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Lockdown Leninist Leon Cooperman might nominate airline shares as the most batshit equity being bid up by rookie day traders with surfeits of both time and money, we here at Dealbreaker are sticking with Hertz. While no car rental agencies are doing much renting of cars these days, no other car rental agency has been forced into bankruptcy court, because even before the coronavirus’ killing of all business and leisure travel and hence all of a car renter’s business, Hertz was in bad enough shape to potentially cease to be. Here is a company whose business is renting cars that is literally advertising it no longer needs cars, and the stock market Stoolies can’t get enough of it.

Well, if people are willing to pay money for Hertz shares, Hertz is more than happy to provide them: $500 million worth of them. There’s just one thing it has to tell you about those shares, not that you’re likely to listen.

“Although we cannot predict how our common stock will be treated under a plan, we expect that common stock holders would not receive a recovery through any plan unless the holders of more senior claims and interests, such as secured and unsecured indebtedness (which is currently trading at a significant discount), are paid in full, which would require a significant and rapid and currently unanticipated improvement in business conditions to pre-COVID-19 or close to pre-COVID-19 levels.”

Hertz says it expects stockholders to lose all their money in filing for selling more stock [CNBC]
Leon Cooperman: Robinhood traders speculation in stocks like airlines will ‘end in tears’ [CNBC]
Looking to buy a car? Hertz is selling thousands of used cars in its fleet in bankruptcy at bargain prices [USA Today]
‘There’s absolutely no reason to own U.S. equities right now,’ strategist says, citing ‘an unholy speculative mix’ [MarketWatch]



What, No One Wants To Trade A Hertz Pink Sheet?

That NYSE listing is apparently worth several dollars a share to a stock that’s only worth several dollars a share.


Turns Out Hertz’s Future Not As Bright As Day Traders Hoped

Their first stock market toy is being taken away, and they aren’t getting anything for it.


Hertz Selling More New Shares Than It Is Renting Cars

And the lucky buyers thereof are only down about 15% on them—so far.


Hertz Celebrates Re-IPO Day In Court

Perhaps having paying customers arrested is not a good basis for a $29 per share valuation?


Maybe Bankruptcy’s Not The Best Time To Show Off Your Silk-Encrusted Mansion

Neiman Marcus’ Geoffroy van Raemsdonck is feeling himself a little too hard.

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AMC’s Hertz Sequel Far More Successful Than The Original, Spawns Sequel Of Its Own

Dilute existing shareholders, have huge block of shares sold, get called overvalued, see stock double, repeat.


Hertz Now The Only Thing Willing To Buy Hertz Shares

Turns out when you’re not calling yourself worthless, no one else is interested.