March 1 Eastman Kodak Inc, the
bankrupt photography pioneer, has amended its financing deal to
gain flexibility as it prepares to exit Chapter 11.
The company also said on Friday that along with committees
of its second-lien lenders and unsecured creditors it will hire
a search firm to begin identifying candidates to serve on a new
board of directors.
The company expects to emerge from bankruptcy in the middle
of this year, focused on its commercial imaging business.
The amended financing agreement requires Kodak to raise at
least $600 million from the sale of noncommercial imaging
assets, which could include its document imaging and
personalized imaging businesses, as well as trademarks.
The previous financing agreement required Kodak to raise
The amended financing is expected to close this month,
subject to court approval.
Kodak said in a statement it anticipates filing a plan of
reorganization in April.
The plan will need to be approved by creditors and the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan before Kodak can emerge from
The company that invented the hand-held camera filed for
bankruptcy in January 2012, after it failed to adapt to
The case is In re: Eastman Kodak Co et al, U.S. Bankruptcy
Court, Southern District of New York, No. 12-10202.