Embattled telco equipment maker Marconi is reportedly considering selling off £100m of property to help reduce debts of £4.4bn by over £1.2bn before next March.
The firm, now valued at less than £500m on the London Stock Exchange, wants to raise £500m by selling off parts to meet its target.
It is already due to receive £780m from selling one of its divisions earlier this year, and revealed on Wednesday that it has sold its stake in French media group Lagardere for £43m.
However, analysts say the economic uncertainty created by the terror attacks on the US earlier this month has made this a bad time for sellers, raising doubts that Marconi can meet its targets without resorting to selling off chunks of its property portfolio.
Last week, the company seemed to be taking the first steps to turning the corner after apparently winning support for its debt reduction proposals from the syndicate of banks it owes.
But shares in the firm again crashed by 30 per cent yesterday [Thursday], to a new low of just 17p, after a research note from Dresdner Kleinwort Wassserstein advised clients that Marconi shares should have a target value of 0-10p.
Shares, once over £12, were still worth over £2 in July when the firm botched a profit warning.
The note's author later told reporters that the note's price range was a diplomatic way of saying equity in Marconi was worth nothing.
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