Stratus Properties, the developer of the W Hotel & Residences in the 2nd street district, is facing delisting from the NASDAQ for failure to promptly file financial reports.
While this sounds bad, the event alone should not jeopardize the project. However, the developer’s accounting irregularities and delinquent financial reports will limit financial flexibility until the issue is resolved. This is an especially important issue for the W as one of it major lenders is in precarious financial shape. It could also violate covenants of the project’s bank financing.
The best indicator of the situation is the fact that the stock continues to trade at a healthy value, signaling the market’s belief that the issues will be resolved. While stock in Stratus is down 50% from it’s 2009 high set on January 2nd, it’s more than 50% above its March 9 low.