Dividends: New Woes for Coleco

The planned invasion was as bold as any in a Coleco Industries video game. The strategy called for Coleco to blast its way into the home-computer market with Adam, a complete system that sold for just $600. But the Adam onslaught never really got rolling. During 1983 production problems forced Coleco to manufacture less than 20% of the 500,000 computers it had planned. Last week the firm revealed that Adam is causing a hemorrhage of cash. Coleco reported a $35 million loss for the fourth quarter of 1983, against a profit of $15.4 million during the same period a year earlier.

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