I've been writing about this sham bankruptcy on the Ford, Dana, and GM boards. You're the first one to get the same feeling about it as I have. Here is a link to the news section on Dana's own site where they explain how they "lost" 1.3 billion http://dana.mediaroom.com/index.php/press_releases/2038The company provided a valuation allowance, as announced on Oct. 10, 2005, against its net U.S. deferred tax assets during the third quarter. The one-time impact of providing this allowance was a reduction in net income of $918 million in the period, which represents the restated net U.S. deferred tax assets at the beginning of the third quarter and also includes $13 million for a similar allowance against the company's U.K. tax assets. The valuation allowance was recorded because, based on its current outlook, Dana believes it is no longer more likely than not that the company will be able to utilize these tax assets. This action does not affect the company's ability to use these tax assets later if justified by future profitability in the U.S. and UK.Most of the rest of the "loss" was attributed to this impairment charge for their INTENTION to divest some parts of the business Additionally, on Oct. 20, 2005, the company announced its intention to divest its non-core engine hard parts, fluid products, and pump products businesses. An impairment charge to reduce the book value of certain assets of these businesses of $275 million after tax was recorded in the third quarter. Additional charges will be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2005 in connection with the classification of these businesses as discontinued operations.
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