Early PreFab Leader Sears Sues Eddie Lampert, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin for Alleged Billions of ‘Theft,’ Plus MH Market Updates

CNNmone4.18.2019ManufacturedHomeStocksMarketsReportsMHProNewsSears was a leader in precut housing a century ago.  More recently, it still had strong ties to the housing industry, as the purchase of a new or existing house often led shoppers to their local Sears to buy new TVs, appliances, drapes, and such.   So it isn’t so odd to note Sears here. Besides, it has significant lessons for manufactured housing professionals and investors on numerous levels, as our report this evening will reveal. On a day when Mueller report mania is grabbing headlines, and most tracked stocks rose, we’ll look at a pair of videos on Sears, and dig under the surface for some of those insights to see what lessons can be gleaned for MHVille pros and investors.

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MHProNews floated the theory some weeks ago that today is now being openly alleged in this new lawsuit.  There are ongoing lessons to learn from what has occurred at Sears.

Before we go there on the Daily Business News market report, let’s just note the following about the Mueller report, which can be downloaded at this link here.  It was nearly 2 years ago that MHProNews shared a video from Project Veritas.  It featured a CNN Producer who said that the Russia collusion investigation was a big nothing burger.

Ratings, money, and their target audience were apparently part of the reason why CNN – and so many others in the ‘anti-Trump’ parts of the mainstream media – became so invested in that narrative, that it is not easy for them to back away from what clearly now was what the president said, a phony witch hunt.  If you disagree with the 45th president on policy or some other reason of substance, fine.  That’s your right as an American.  But don’t make up a bunch of stuff.

That relates to – and has lessons for our industry and investors –  just as Sears does.

Sears failed to adapt.  Antitrust and other potentially laws were and are arguably not being properly enforced. The later is part of a pattern that has endured under both Republican and Democratic administrations for decades.

Were there insider deals at Sears that enriched a few at the cost of the many?  That’s being explored, and time will tell on that concern.

But those same types of concerns circle around manufactured housing.  There are some companies that are listed in our evening Bloomberg ticker below that are arguably safe, while others are potentially vulnerable, to claims of market rigging.  What began taking place more openly at Cavco last November 2018 and ongoing drama could be the tip of the iceberg for them and others in the days ahead.

Cavco Industries Announces Latest Executive Level Changes

Off the record statement from non-MHARR, MHI Member executive.

These are good reasons why our readership at MHProNews surged so far in April over March 2019. Year over year readership is stunningly higher.

We have our typos, granted.  But the substance of what we strive to accurately explain and convey has a follow the facts, follow the money, use common sense methodology that asks, Cui bono? Who benefits or benefited?

Manufactured housing is far better positioned that Sears, in principle. But arguably manipulated and often avoidable headwinds are allowed to buffett – pun with Warren intended – our once far greater industry. It can be great again, but not without effort.  It is worth the work.

Let’s see what CNBC had to say today about the latest drama at Sears, mindful that it does have lessons for MHVille.

Many of these quotes are from MHI insiders.

Sears sues former CEO Eddie Lampert, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and others for alleged ‘thefts’ of billions from retailer

  • Sears accuses its former CEO Eddie Lampert of stealing billions of dollars from the once-storied retailer.


  • Sears Holdings filed for bankruptcy in October, after years of losses under Lampert, who was then its chairman, CEO and largest shareholder.

  • “Altogether, Lampert caused more than $2 billion of assets to be transferred to himself and Sears’ other shareholders and beyond the reach of Sears’ creditors,” the lawsuit alleges.
  • The filing claims Lands’ End was distributed to Lampert, ESL and other Sears’ shareholders for no consideration, following a prespin dividend of $500 million. On the stock’s first day of trading, its value topped $1 billion, with Lampert’s share worth at least $490 million. The stock currently has a market value of $591.3 million.
  • It further alleges that Seritage’s deal with Sears to give it ownership of 266 of Sears’ best retail stores was not negotiated and undervalued the properties by at least $649 million.
  • “The appraisals were fundamentally flawed and, among other things, intentionally used under-market future lease rates as the sole basis for their valuations,” the suit alleged.

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