MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jason Industries, Inc. (OTCQX: JASN) (together with its subsidiaries, “Jason” or “the Company”) currently is considering strategic alternatives to right size its capital structure and position the Company for long-term growth. In that regard, Jason is engaged with an ad hoc group of first lien lenders, which represents more than two-thirds of its outstanding indebtedness under its First Lien Credit Agreement, dated as of June 30, 2014 (the “Ad Hoc Group”), regarding such potential strategic alternatives.
In consideration of this strategic alternative process and efforts to preserve and strengthen liquidity in these unprecedented times, the Company made its quarterly interest and amortization payments to the first lien lenders on March 31, 2020, but has determined not to make its quarterly interest payment on its second lien indebtedness. The Company and members of the Ad Hoc Group have executed a forbearance agreement with respect to that second lien interest payment. And, pursuant to the Company’s intercreditor agreement, second lien lenders are prohibited from exercising certain remedies with respect to this nonpayment for at least 180 days and as set forth more fully in that agreement.
With the support of the Ad Hoc Group, the Company is already engaged in constructive discussions with key stakeholders, including its secured creditors and the Ad Hoc Group, on a plan to strengthen its business, deleverage its balance sheet, and achieve a more sustainable capital structure that supports the Company's long-term business plan and results in long-term value generation for the benefit of its employees, customers, vendors, and other key stakeholders. “Jason’s liquidity position is strong, enabling the Company to engage in constructive discussions and negotiations to achieve a sustainable long-term capital structure, while continuing to serve its customers without interruption and operate without impact to its suppliers. We continue to take prudent actions to preserve liquidity during this unprecedented time resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic,” stated Brian Kobylinski, chairman and chief executive officer of Jason.
During this process, Moelis & Company LLC has been retained as investment banker to Jason, Kirkland & Ellis LLP has been retained as legal counsel, and AlixPartners has been retained as the Company’s financial advisor. The Ad Hoc Group has retained Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP as its legal counsel, and Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. as its investment banker.
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About Jason Industries, Inc.
The Company is the parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the finishing and seating markets, including Osborn (Richmond, Ind. and Burgwald, Germany) and Milsco (Milwaukee, Wis.). Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Jason employs more than 1,900 people in 13 countries.