Under a new prepackaged reorganization plan that was approved by its lenders, $470 million of debt would be eliminated -- $250 million more than the previously announced deal in April to convert $220 million in debt to equity, Carestream said. This new plan will significantly strengthen its balance sheet and position the company for continued success, according to the vendor.
The recapitalization is expected to be completed in 35-45 days. In the meantime, Carestream said it would continue operating normally and remain focused on serving its customers and working with suppliers on normal terms. To reinforce Carestream's liquidity and to fund the costs of the reorganization, certain existing lenders have committed to provide an $80 million debtor-in-possession financing facility, the company said.
The Chapter 11 petitions were filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Carestream's operations outside the U.S. are not part of the Chapter 11 process and are continuing to operate as normal, the firm said.
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