Which seems almost routine in the modern world of business. The amusing thing is that the owners of now worthless SunEdison stock include several of the biggest and most respected hedge funds. At one point it was two-thirds owned by hedge funds. Hedge fund stock pickers were drawn to the company partly because it liked to structure its business deals in such an opaque way that it was very hard to figure out what was going on. Matt Levine:
SunEdison was beloved of hedge fund managers, who revelled in the idea they had spotted a lucrative opportunity hidden in the weeds of its financial filings. David Einhorn, the founder of Greenlight Capital, who has invested $243m in the company, hailed its prospects at the Robin Hood investment conference in 2014. He told the audience in New York that SunEdison’s “complicated” financial statements “make it challenging to decipher the economic value of the company from a cursory review of the balance sheet or income statement”, but that leads the market to “undervalue” the shares.I just love this image of hedge fund gurus who think they are so clever being fooled by a business model that more sober analysts called a "magic money machine." Such are the wages of vanity.