- The Company: World Fuel Services, a distributor of marine and aviation fuel products.
- The Filing: FORM 8-K filed with the SEC on October 3, 2008.
- The Finding: World Fuel Services improved its liquidity profile by an additional $160 million after entering into a two year syndicated trade receivables purchase facility program with HSBC Bank. The monies will likely be used to purchase fuel products for re-sale to customers.
Oh, forget about issuing short-term commercial paper, for that market has ceased to exist. Ask World Fuel -- for the six-months ended June 30, the company admitted that $10 million held in short-term paper was "no longer highly liquid and therefore a readibly determined fair market value of the investment was not available," according to the 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 8.
The Question: As the current credit crisis spreads to more banks, could the markets for other types of structured trade deals, such as the securitization of trade receivables, seize-up, too?