Kodak Loses Another Board Member, Takes on Water as Ship Sinks
January 2, 2012 10:25 AM
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Sell patents, bit a massive loan, or close up shop?
Poor Kodak has taken a beating since the advent of digital photography. Few consumers buy film anymore and Kodak’s line of digital cameras aren’t even close to setting sales records. Kodak is facing a bleak future and has previously stated that it might be forced to close up shop as early as this year if things don't change.
Kodak is also facing growing personnel losses within the company. The firm has announced the loss of a third member from its board of directors in the last week. The latest loss is Laura Tyson who resigned her position on the board of Kodak Thursday. The resignation was confirmed in a SEC filing that Kodak made on Friday.
Tyson is a professor at the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Tyson is also a member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board and advised President Clinton when he was in office.
Kodak is in such dire financial straits that the firm is looking at possibly selling off patents it holds to stay solvent. It has been estimated that the patents Kodak holds are
worth five times
the company's current market cap.
The other two directors that left Kodak last week include Adam Clammer and Herald Chen. The two directors were both from a private equity firm called KKR & Co and had been on the board since 2009.
reports that Kodak had also warned that it might have to raise $500 million in new debt in lieu of selling patents to stay solvent. Kodak hasn't turned an annual profit since 1997.
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1/2/2012 1:28:04 PM
I think it's too easy to blame 'digital' as the cause of Kodak's failure...they saw it coming long ago and had reasonable strategies to deal with it. They just couldn't market their way out of a paper bag. Kodak did it to themselves. I wrote an essay analyzing it at DIM BULB if you're interested:
"This is about the Internet. Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
Kodak's Patents Maybe be Worth Five Times the Company's Market Cap.
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