Business & Finance: Stockholders Annihilated

Reorganization of railroads that went bankrupt before the war boom started is going to be just as drastic as if the war boom had not happened. Such was the gist of an ICC decision last week. With only minor changes it approved the New York, New Haven & Hartford reorganization plan, slashing capitalization from $475,000,000 to $365,000,000. The drastic part of this decision was that the reorganization completely wipes out the old stockholders, although in the first eight months of this year net profits totaled $11,350,000 —$5.77 a common share.

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