Polly Peck International PLC
In September 1990, Polly Peck International was forced into bankruptcy by its lenders. From 1983 to 1989, the company embarked on a major acquisition program, with financing largely provided by banks on a revolving line-of-credit basis. In many instances, the debt was secured by the company's publicly traded shares. Students are asked to evaluate the company's financial health using cash flow analysis, ratio analysis, and bankruptcy prediction techniques.
The purpose of the case is twofold. First, provide a forum to illustrate the importance of ratio analysis and cash flow analysis when analyzing the financial health of a company. Second, illustrate the use of bankruptcy/distress prediction techniques.