YRC Worldwide
fortune 500 stock losers yrc worldwide
Fortune 500 rank: 498
2012 revenue: $4.9 bil
2012 total return: -32.3%

Four years of losses at YRC Worldwide, once the largest publicly-traded trucking company, led to a restructuring in 2012. Formed in a roll-up of other trucking companies, YRC's revenue hit a high in 2009. But debt piled on by those acquisitions left the company vulnerable after the financial crisis. The shipping business declined. Other customers shied away from using YRC because of fears about its high debt.

In 2012, executives decided to swap some of the company's debt for equity, issuing more shares. That should put the company on better financial footing, even as current shareholders take a hit.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated May 06 2013 06:58 AM ET
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