The Straits Times
Published on Nov 13, 2012

Kodak reaches deal to borrow $970 million


NEW YORK (AP) - Struggling photo pioneer Eastman Kodak Co said on Monday that it has reached an agreement to borrow US$793 million (S$969.7 million), an important step in letting it leave bankruptcy protection in the first half of next year.

The deal is contingent on Kodak being able to sell its patent portfolio for at least US$500 million. The company has been trying to sell that asset for more than a year. In a statement, Kodak says it is "confident it will achieve" that requirement.

"The additional liquidity from this financing will enable Kodak to accelerate its momentum as we continue to successfully execute on our reorganisation objectives and emerge in the first half of 2013," CEO Antonio M. Perez said in a statement.

Under the deal, Kodak would borrow the money from a private investment firm, Centerbridge Partners; GSO Capital Partners, which is a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group; and banks JPMorgan Chase & Co and UBS AG.