Badii v. Metropolitan Hospice, Inc.Annotate this Case
This was an action under 8 Del. C. 291 for the appointment of a receiver for an insolvent, closely held corporation, MHI. MHI intended to transfer all of its assets and liabilities to a newly formed corporation, NewCo, in exchange for 100% of NewCo's stock. Then, NewCo would pay off the federal tax liability of the appraised value of MHI's tangible assets and MHI would dissolve, distributing it's sole asset - NewCo stock - to its shareholders pro rata. Under the proposed transaction, neither NewCo's business nor its capital structure would be any different than MHI's, except for the discharge of a $1.9 million liability. The board and a major holder of nonvoting stock disagreed, however, on how to implement this reorganization. The court concluded that there was exigency in this case and appointed a receiver to ensure that MHI maximized the company's value for its stakeholders by effecting the settlement with the IRS, if possible, and then, making a recommendation as to the disposition, if any, of MHI's remaining assets.