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Verso files for Chapter 11

Photo: Verrso Paper
Photo: Verrso Paper
Published by
Simon Matthis - 28 Jan 2016

Verso Coporation has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, since the US pulp and paper producer is struggling with declining demand for its products and financial difficulties as a result.

Verso has finalized a restructuring support agreement (RSA) with creditors holding, as well as a debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing package totaling up to $600 million which will provide a clear path to a restructuring that will benefit Verso's stakeholders.

The RSA commits Verso and the signing creditors to pursue a consensual restructuring. Verso and the signing creditors have agreed to support and vote for a plan of reorganization as contemplated by the RSA and as otherwise reasonably satisfactory.

Under the contemplated plan of reorganization, Verso will eliminate approximately $2.4 billion in pre-bankruptcy debt. In return, the holders of Verso's funded debt will receive substantially all of the equity in the reorganized Verso.  

"As we announced yesterday, filing for Chapter 11 protection was a difficult decision for us. The strong creditor support we received in entering into the RSA and the fact that many of those same creditors participated as lenders in the DIP financing package are very gratifying. With the support of this broad spectrum of financial creditors, we anticipate that we will be able to enter into a restructuring plan designed to eliminate approximately $2.4 billion of our outstanding debt and to exit the Chapter 11 process in a short timeframe. Upon completion of our plan, we will have a stronger balance sheet and operations that position us for long-term success," said Verso President and CEO David J. Paterson.

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