Rochester, N.Y. – Eastman Kodak
and its U.S. subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11
business reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District
of New York.
Kodak said the filing, which has
been expected, “is intended to bolster liquidity in the U.S. and abroad,
monetize non-strategic intellectual property, fairly resolve legacy
liabilities, and enable the company to focus on its most valuable business
Kodak expects to complete its
U.S.-based restructuring during 2013.
Kodak has obtained a fully committed,
$950 million debtor-in-possession credit facility with an 18-month maturity
from Citigroup to enhance liquidity and working capital. The credit facility is
subject to court approval and other conditions precedent. Kodak said it
believes that it has sufficient liquidity to operate its business during Chapter
11, and to continue the flow of goods and services to its customers in the
Kodak expects to pay employee
wages and benefits and continue customer programs. Subsidiaries outside of the
U.S. are not subject to proceedings and will honor all obligations to
suppliers, whenever incurred. Kodak and its U.S. subsidiaries will honor all
post-petition obligations to suppliers in the ordinary course.
“Kodak is taking a significant
step toward enabling our enterprise to complete its transformation,” said
Antonio M. Perez, chairman/CEO.
“At the same time as we have
created our digital business, we have also already effectively exited certain
traditional operations, closing 13 manufacturing plants and 130 processing
labs, and reducing our workforce by 47,000 since 2003. Now we must complete the
transformation by further addressing our cost structure and effectively
monetizing non-core IP assets. We look forward to working with our stakeholders
to emerge a lean, world-class, digital imaging and materials science company.”
He added, “After considering the
advantages of Chapter 11 at this time, the board of directors and the entire
senior management team unanimously believe that this is a necessary step and
the right thing to do for the future of Kodak. Our goal is to maximize value
for stakeholders, including our employees, retirees, creditors, and pension
trustees. We are also committed to working with our valued customers.
“Chapter 11 gives us the best
opportunities to maximize the value in two critical parts of our technology
portfolio: our digital capture patents, which are essential for a wide range of
mobile and other consumer electronic devices that capture digital images and
have generated over $3 billion of licensing revenues since 2003; and our
breakthrough printing and deposition technologies, which give Kodak a
competitive advantage in our growing digital businesses.”
Kodak said it has made investments
in digital and materials deposition technologies in recent years, generating
approximately 75 percent of its revenue from digital businesses in 2011.