Court Confirms Kodak's Plan of Reorganization
Court: "It Will Be Enormously Valuable for the Company to Get out of Chapter 11, and Begin to Regain Its Position in the Pantheon of American Business."
Positions Company to Complete Previously Announced Transactions and Emerge on September 3
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York today confirmed Kodak's Plan of Reorganization. The Plan describes the company's strategy to emerge from Chapter 11 restructuring as a technology leader serving commercial imaging markets.
In confirming the Plan, the Court said, "It will be enormously valuable for the company to get out of Chapter 11, and begin to regain its position in the pantheon of American business."
The Plan also reflects the company's effective utilization of the Chapter 11 process to achieve its key reorganization objectives, including successfully reducing legacy costs, liabilities and infrastructure, exiting or spinning off businesses and assets that were no longer core to its future, and focusing on the company's most profitable business lines.
"Today, the Court confirmed Kodak's Plan of Reorganization. This critically important milestone marks the final step in the Court process," said Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Next, we move on to emergence as a technology leader serving large and growing commercial imaging markets - such as commercial printing, packaging, functional printing and professional services - with a leaner structure and a stronger balance sheet. There are additional transactional steps ahead as we complete our Chapter 11 restructuring, but with the Court's decision today, our emergence is now imminent."
Kodak's Plan of Reorganization will become effective upon emergence. The company is expected to finalize the remaining aspects of its reorganization, including closing its settlement with the Kodak Pension Plan, and emerge from Chapter 11 on September 3.
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Kodak is transforming into a B2B company focused on its Commercial Imaging business. Kodak will be centered on commercial, packaging and functional printing solutions and enterprise services, markets in which it offers customers advanced technologies that give them a competitive edge. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. Its Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses are being spun off to KPP. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.
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