Unsecured creditors of bankrupt Sea Island Company will get pennies on the dollar for the money they're owed. A federal bankruptcy judge has approved the coastal resort's sale to a four-way partnership of out-of-state investors. The bulk of the company's $212 million sale price will go to secured creditors like banks. Unsecured creditors like retired executives will get just $6 million of the $100 million they're owed.
The Georgia-based Sea Island Company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The coastal resort and development firm had trouble finding buyers for undeveloped land. Sea Island Company needed land buyers because it was in debt to the tune of $428 million.
The sale of more than 20,000 acres on the coast comes while the resort and land development company seeks to restructure itself. Brunswick's largest employer faces massive debt after pursuing luxury customers just before the recession hit.