CORPORATIONS: Vicious Circle

Financier Leopold D. Silberstein, who won only an active ulcer in his attempt to take over Fairbanks, Morse & Co. last May, bad reason for more pain. To help pay off the huge debts contracted in the proxy fight, his Penn-Texas Corp. last week was forced to 1) omit a quarterly dividend on preferred stock, 2) sell a major subsidiary, Industrial Brownhoist Corp. of Bay City, Mich., one of the first companies in the Silberstein empire. An undisclosed buyer picked it up for $3,000,000 in cash—half of what Penn-Texas paid for it...

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