Tribune Company Exits Chapter 11
December 31, 2012 at 6:56 AM (PT)
THE TRIBUNE COMPANY has successfully emerged from its Chapter 11 restructuring process. Its plan of reorganization officially becomes effective TODAY, DEC. 31st, 2012, and distributions to creditors have been initiated.
"TRIBUNE emerges from the bankruptcy process as a multi-media company with a great mix of profitable assets, strong brands in major markets and a much-improved capital structure," Tribune CEO EDDY HARTENSTEIN said. "The company's greatest asset, however, is its employees who, individually and collectively, have remained focused on serving our viewers, readers, advertisers and communities with a single-minded sense of purpose and dedication. I want to thank all our employees for their talent and effort throughout this four-year process."
At the same time, TRIBUNE closed on a new $1.1 billion senior secured term loan and a new $300 million asset based revolving credit facility. The term loan will be used to fund certain required payments under the plan of reorganization, and the revolving credit facility will be used to fund ongoing operations.
In addition, its pre-petition credit facilities and outstanding notes and debentures were canceled and extinguished, and its pre-petition common stock was canceled. Upon completion of all distributions under the plan of reorganization, TRIBUNE will have issued to former creditors a mix of approximately 100 million shares of new class A common stock and new class B common stock and new warrants to purchase shares of new class A or class B common stock.
Former creditors entitled to receive a distribution of TRIBUNE's new common stock or new warrants are encouraged to review the information and documents, which will be posted at www.tribune.com relating to such securities, including TRIBUNE's Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation, Amended and Restated Bylaws, the warrant agreement setting forth the terms of the new warrants and other information, including FAQs with respect to distributions under the plan of reorganization.
"In accordance with our restructuring plan, TRIBUNE's subsidiary creditors and vendors are receiving payment in full—100% recovery of what they are owed," HARTENSTEIN noted. "These long-term relationships are very important to the company and we are pleased to have successfully resolved these obligations."
The company also announced its new Board of Directors, effective immediately: BRUCE KARSH, KEN LIANG, PETER MURPHY, ROSS LEVINSOHN, CRAIG A. JACOBSON, PETER LIGUORI and EDDY HARTENSTEIN.