Rising oil prices apparently are not enough to save the once-promising master limited partnership (“MLP”) Seadrill Limited. Seadrill stock plummeted, going down 54% on April 4, 2017 as the company announced that it will likely file for bankruptcy.
The most ominous news from Seadrill was its warning to investors of its substantial debt load and its expectation that shareholders are “likely to receive minimal recovery for their existing shares.”
Seadrill, as many oil and gas companies, has seen its value drop dramatically over the last three (3) years. But the company was once highly-valued by Wall Street, with a market capitalization of $23.7 billion as recently as 2013. Today, the company has dropped approximately 98% in value and sits at a market capitalization of just under $400 million.