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MAGNA: HOW DID WE GET HERE?

By Ray Paulick(UPDATE: Magna Entertainment filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today. Click here for the company press release, with details on the filing.)  What a long, strange trip it’s been. Hard to believe, but it’s been just over 10 years since Frank Stronach dove head-first into racetrack ownership with his December 1998 […]

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MAGNA DETAILS: REVENUE, EMPLOYEES AND CREDITORS

By Ray Paulick The volume of paperwork in Magna Entertainment’s chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last Thursday yielded some interesting details about the Frank Stronach-controlled company, its operations and creditors (tens of thousands of which were listed on more than 500 pages of documents). But pleadings from the company’s attorneys in federal bankruptcy court […]

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MAGNA SMACKDOWN: NORTH RUN ADVISORS, NASDAQ PILE ON

By Ray PaulickAnother day, another Schedule 13D filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission from an institutional investor concerning MI Developments, the parent company of bankrupt Magna Entertainment, the racing company created by Eclipse Award-winning Thoroughbred owner and breeder Frank Stronach. Monday’s filing came from North Run Advisors, a Boston-based investment firm that spent […]

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MAGNA PARENT WANTS TO CLOSE GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

By Ray Paulick Racing in Northern California, scrambling to recover from the loss of Bay Meadows racetrack, which was closed in 2008 for planned development, also faces the bulldozing of Golden Gate Fields, the parent company of bankrupt owner Magna Entertainment stated in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Tuesday. MI Developments […]

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THE DOLLAR STORE — MAGNA STOCK TANKS AGAIN

By Ray Paulick Stock in Magna Entertainment, which only five months ago went through a 1 for 20 reverse stock split to keep from being delisted by NASDAQ because its share price had fallen under $1 for 30 consecutive trading days, has dropped below that threshold again. After opening the day at $.89, share […]

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MINOR CALLS MAGNA PROPOSAL ‘PREPOSTEROUS’

By Ray Paulick Halsey Minor thought he would be meeting with MI Developments (MID) chief executive officer Dennis Mills in Baltimore, Md., on Wednesday morning to discuss Minor’s proposed buyout of the company’s $100-million loan to Magna Entertainment (MECA), the financially beleaguered racetrack company that operates Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in […]

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MAGNA SHARE SPIKE ON EVE OF MARYLAND SLOTS VOTE

By Ray Paulick UPDATED TUESDAY EVENING:  Stock prices soared Monday in Magna Entertainment, the racetrack company that operates Laurel Park and Pimlico in Maryland, where voters are deciding today on an amendment to allow 15,000 slot machines at five locations in the state. The share price jumped by 92%, from $1.82 at […]

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MI DEVELOPMENTS UNDER FIRE FOR IGNORING MINOR OFFER

By Ray Paulick MI Developments, the publicly traded real estate concern that is the largest single shareholder in racetrack operator Magna Entertainment, is under fire again from one of its biggest shareholders, this time for ignoring an offer from technology entrepreneur Halsey Minor to buy the outstanding loans Magna Entertainment has been unable to repay […]

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MINOR GOES PUBLIC ON MAGNA BID

By Ray Paulick Technology entrepreneur Halsey Minor has gone public with a letter sent to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of MI Developments (MIM) asking the board to consider his proposal to acquire outstanding loans made by MI Developments to the financially beleaguered racetrack company Magna Entertainment (MECA).  Click here to read […]

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MAGNA CALLED ‘FINANCIAL SINKHOLE’ BY INVESTOR

By Ray Paulick A major institutional investor in MI Developments, the Frank Stronach-controlled real estate company that has kept Stronach’s failing racetrack entity Magna Entertainment afloat with bridge loans, has threatened legal action against the MI Developments board of directors, alleging they have “flagrantly breached their fiduciary duties to shareholders.” Richard Fried, a managing member […]

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