EXCO Resources #1 Stockholder and his “Distressing” Investment

EXCO Resources, a sizable independent driller with operations in several shale plays including the Marcellus Shale, is a company in trouble. The price of EXCO’s stock has dropped 96% during the last 5 years, 71% since the beginning of this year, and 86% during the last 12 months. EXCO appeared on David Fessler’s “Death List” of oil and gas companies earlier this year (see 19 Oil/Gas Companies on “Death List” – 8 are in Marcellus/Utica). In April, EXCO experienced a major shake-up and saw the installation of new leadership managing the company and new members on the board of directors (see Bluescape Pulls Strings Installs New CEO, COO at EXCO Resources). The numbers for second quarter weren’t so hot (see EXCO 2Q15: Marcellus Production Down 23%; Net Income Down 1,991%), and the New York Stock Exchange has put the company on notice their stock is about to be de-listed (see More Trouble for EXCO Resources – NYSE Threatens to De-List Stock). We ran across an interesting reference to who owns the most stock in EXCO. Turns out the #1 stockholder is Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., founder of private equity firm WL Ross & Co.–someone known for investing in “distressed” companies. How much EXCO stock does Ross own and how much value has that stock lost for Ross?…

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