Anchor Glass files pre-negotiated plan of reorganization

Anchor Glass Container Corp. filed a prenegotiated reorganization plan designed to erase about $50 million of debt, and said all Series B preferred stock and common shares will be canceled.Anchor Glass expects to pay secured creditors and all trade vendors 100% of amounts owed.

The company also expects to elect a new board of directors.

In a press release Monday, the maker of glass beverage containers said its secured bondholders will retain $150 million of their first mortgage notes outstanding, plus a consent fee for the change-of-control provisions waiver and other nonfinancial changes to the notes' terms.

Anchor Glass signed lock-up and support agreements with a majority of its unsecured bondholders, who will receive $50 million in cash. The company also signed lockup and support agreements with a majority of its Series A preferred stock holders, who will receive cash $22.5 million in cash.

The reorganization filing was prompted by liquidity issues raised by change of control provisions in the company's debt instruments.

The prenegotiated elements of the reorganization provide for no disruption to the company's employees, creditors, customers and overall operations.

In March, Anchor Glass arranged for new funding through a prearranged Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.Cerberus Capital Management agreed to put $100 million of new capital into Anchor Glass, including $80 million in the form of equity capital.

600450 Anchor Glass files pre-negotiated plan of reorganization
Date: 18 April 2002
Source: Yahoo

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