KarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 9 Posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3409 times:
I have to admit it is interesting as Doug points out that USAirways offered Delta 11Billion a year ago in a deal. Now Delta he says is worth 5 Billion and all of a sudden they want to strike a deal with someone else for what will probably be less that the former USAirways deal would have been. It is obviously anybodies guess who will line up with who but after USAirways swallowed America West I don't see any other acquisitions by them in the near future. I thought you would find Doug's latest comments interesting to watch. Lastly, I hope that whoever acquires whoever the resultant airline isn't to large to manage.
MSYPI7185 From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 727 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3134 times:
Well it is very understandable why US would want DL and not vise versa. US would have much to gain and DL would gain virtually nothing!
I do not think there are any "sour grapes" going on here. Just US was willing to overpay for DL, apparently hoping to make up the difference on reducing overlaps, etc. Also remember that the DL name has a certain value in itself and this can be written off over 5 yrs(?) I think as "Goodwill" according to GAAP. ( Its been about 10-11 yrs since my Acct. Classes so I may be a little off on the time frame).
I think Doug is just pointing out that DL mgmt sold its creditors a line of bull, and DL value is much closer to his estimate than DL's. Just now that DL is talking to it seems almost anyone who will listen about merging, Doug is going to get more attention. There is a fine line between "sour grapes" and " See I told you so!". Maybe Doug would be better not to comment, because he cannot win. My guess is the creditors are probably kicking themselves right now and the pressure is now on DL to produce the value they claimed in BK and merging is about the only way they can try do it.