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Two companies threw in the towel Tuesday. The first one is provider of directory services Idearc (IDAR.PK), which as recently as a year ago was claiming it is in phenomenal health. Curiously, Idearc notes that "it does not need nor intend to obtain debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing during the reorganization, as the Company maintains substantial cash balances and continues to generate positive cash flow, and has reached an agreement on use of cash collateral." Not even bankruptcy can subdue Idearc's optimism - the company will be surprised just how quickly its cash balance will disappear once all those legal bills start flowing in. Some more optimism:

“Today we take an important step forward as we continue to transform Idearc. Essentially we have a company with good potential being held back by a terminally ill balance sheet,” said Scott W. Klein, chief executive officer of Idearc Inc. “We are not only open for business and serving our clients as usual, we are also continuing our focus on transforming Idearc for the future based on a bold strategy, including all of the new programs launched earlier this month.

Um... they make yellow pages for god's sake. Has anyone told Mr. Klein about this recent invention known as Google (GOOG)? And as the restructuring will be handled by the strong yet gentle hands of Bill Derrough of Moelis & Co., ZH is certain a successful turnaround is just around the corner. The proposed recapitalization that Derrough et al will attempt to implement is along these lines:

Under the agreement in principle with the agent bank and steering committee, the Company's total debt will be reduced from approximately $9 billion today to a pro forma level of $3 billion of secured bank debt, with a 12 percent interest rate and a six-year term. Mandatory amortization will be $60 million for each of the first two years following confirmation and $40 million per year thereafter. The Company will retain 32.5 percent of surplus cash flow, with the balance to be paid as additional amortization on the bank debt. At emergence from Chapter 11, the Company will have a cash balance of $150 million. Other terms of the plan are still to be negotiated, and it is anticipated that the remainder of the Company’s bank debt and bonds will be converted to equity.


Nothing like being held hostage by your bank, which collects more than half the cash flow your business generates (if any). Either way, Zero Hedge wishes them well.



Amusingly, the (ex) Jefferies connection shows up in the second bankruptcy as well, this time of smallish E&P company

Crusader Energy

. Jefferies will continue serving as the company's financial advisor through its bankruptcy, which will seek to reorganize $326 million in debt, consisting of $30 million in first lien debt, $249 million in second lien, and $49 million in unsecured trade debt. According to David Norman, CEO, "It's unfortunate that a series of unrelated events resulted in the Company seeking protection under the United States Bankruptcy Code. The Company will continue to operate and to explore strategic alternatives with the assistance of Jefferies & Company, Inc., its financial advisors. The Company's management and Board of Directors believe that the Chapter 11 proceedings will allow the Company to conduct a process that will facilitate the Company's efforts to maximize value for all its stakeholders."



Crusader is likely not the last small E&P to seek chapter 11 protection. As I

wrote previously

, the liquidity crunch is gradually catching up with all E&Ps, which are getting impacted by declining commodity prices, the result being banks slashing borrowing bases as the value of securing collateral plummets.

Source: Idearc and Crusader File for Bankruptcy