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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Forest City Enterprises Whines

A few weeks ago Morningstar investment research firm listed Forest City Enterprises (FCE-A, parent to Atlantic Yards pusher Forest City Ratner) as one of five stocks it deemed "worthless," with a "fair value of zero."

Apprently Cleveland-based FCE did not take too kindly to that and is now fighting back by claiming Morningstar's reasoning was flawed and wrong, and its conclusion baseless.

A Cleveland Plain Dealer blog entry discusses the fight back:
Forest City fights back
Firm rebuts negative stock assessment
-- Michelle Jarboe, Plain Dealer

Forest City Enterprises Inc. on Wednesday strongly disagreed with a recent Morningstar Inc. article, saying the author's opinion that Forest City's stock is worthless was based on flawed assumptions and inaccurate interpretations of the company's debt obligations and its construction costs.

"We disagree in the strongest possible terms with Morningstar's opinion," spokesman Jeff Linton wrote in a statement. "Further, we are astonished and appalled that Morningstar would issue such an opinion without having made contact with Forest City."

Linton said no Morningstar representative has contacted or spoken to any senior-level executive at Forest City in two years. In a recent article, Morningstar analyst Matthew Coffina named Forest City among five stocks that he considered to have a fair value of zero. Five analysts who regularly cover Forest City have taken a neutral stance on the stock or expect it to perform slightly better than the market...

"We are astonished and appalled" that Forest City Enterprises' child company Forest City Ratner would propose to build the largest single-source development in New York City's history and the densest residential development in the United States without making any contact with the community it would displace or the political leaders that represent that community, or the broader Brooklyn community.

FCE does have a point or two:

When evaluating situations it is always important to converse with the stakeholders. Okay.
It's too bad it's child company Forest City Ratner didn't do that when it decided to level a section of Prospect Heights so that a "billionaire using public funds, [could] construct a private playground for the rich and powerful," and hasn't done it any time over the past five years.

"Flawed assumptions and inaccurate interpretations" are deplorable according to FCE. Okay.
It's too bad FCE's child company Forest City Ratner has spent five years pushing "flawed assumptions and inaccurate interpretations" in relation to its Atlantic Yards proposal—blight, construction timelines, revenue generation just to name a few.

Since we done expect any trickle down self-evaluation from FCE or FCR, we look forward to Morningstar's response.

(As for the five analysts who regularly cover FCE, NoLandGrab retorts: Wonder what rating these analysts had on FCE stock 18 months ago, when it was trading above $70.)



Posted: 12.26.08
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