WATERFORD, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (“MPM” or “the Company”), a global leader in the development and manufacture of silicones and products derived from quartz and specialty ceramics, today announced that it has entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (the “Restructuring Support Agreement” or “RSA”) with certain of its key stakeholders regarding the terms of a balance sheet restructuring plan that will strengthen the Company’s financial position by reducing long-term debt and enhancing liquidity. The key terms of the RSA include a $600 million rights offering, which will provide a significant equity infusion to the Company, along with the securing of commitments for $1.3 billion of exit financing. The RSA has been supported by holders owning approximately 85% of the company’s Second Lien Notes. To implement this “pre-negotiated” plan, MPM and its U.S. subsidiaries today voluntarily filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in White Plains, NY.
All of MPM’s silicones and quartz businesses will continue to operate in the ordinary course throughout the Chapter 11 process. MPM’s operations outside the U.S. are not included in the Chapter 11 proceedings. The filing relates solely to MPM and not to Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (MSC), which has a fully independent debt capital structure and a separate and strong balance sheet. MSC had liquidity of $773 million as of December 31, 2013 and has no material debt maturities prior to 2018.
“The actions we are announcing today represent an important and positive step forward in our efforts to strengthen MPM’s financial condition,” said Craig O. Morrison, Chairman, President and CEO of MPM. “With the support of certain of our key stakeholders, we intend to move quickly to implement our pre-negotiated balance sheet restructuring plan, which will eliminate more than $3 billion of debt from MPM’s balance sheet and result in post-emergence liquidity of more than $300 million and net debt of approximately $1.2 billion. This will free up additional cash flow that, among other things, can be invested in growth opportunities, capital expenditures, research and development and technology enhancements.”
Mr. Morrison continued, “Throughout the restructuring process, we intend to continue providing our customers with the high-quality products and service they expect from MPM. We have innovative technologies and product development capabilities, a global footprint, blue-chip customers and a world-class workforce supporting us as we move forward.”
In conjunction with the filing, MPM has received a commitment for $570 million in debtor-in-possession financing led by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC as lead arranger, consisting of a $300 million term loan and a $270 million ABL revolver that will be convertible to an exit facility at the Company’s option upon meeting certain conditions. Following Court approval, this financing, combined with cash generated by the Company’s ongoing operations, will be available to MPM to meet its operational and restructuring needs.
“I would like to thank the financial institutions that have provided us with fully committed debtor-in-possession and exit financings. These financings will provide us with financial flexibility throughout the reorganization process to operate reliably with significant liquidity of more than $300 million, as well as visibility on MPM’s balance sheet and liquidity post-emergence. In addition, I would like to thank the second-lien creditors that have agreed to equitize their entire debt positions and invest significant incremental equity in MPM,” Mr. Morrison concluded.
Additional information is available at www.momentive.com/mpmrestructuring. Suppliers with questions can contact a dedicated vendor hotline, toll-free at 844-812-8197 or locally at 614-225-4200, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Court filings and information about the claims process are available on a dedicated website administered by MPM’s claims agent, Kurtzman Carson Consultants, at www.kccllc.net/mpm, or by calling 888-249-2792 (310-751-2607 for international calls).
Willkie Farr & Gallagher is serving as legal counsel, Moelis & Company is serving as financial advisor, and AlixPartners is serving as restructuring advisor to MPM.
About Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is a global leader in silicones and advanced materials, with a 70-year heritage of being first to market with performance applications for major industries that support and improve everyday life. The Company delivers science-based solutions, by linking custom technology platforms to opportunities for customers. Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC.
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