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- It sounds like a "best of breed" call with analyst Michael Carrier saying Blackstone (BX +2.8%) deserves a buy rating thanks to rising distributions and asset growth at a time "when some in the sector are likely to begin facing some cyclicality."
- Carrier bumps his 2014 distributable earnings estimate by 10% and the price target to $28 from $25. The ramp in distributions over the next 18 months will first be driven by real estate, then "potentially" by private equity."
- More Blackstone: As emerged-from-bankrputcy Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ.PK) prepares to come public again, it reveals its equity owners. Topping the list is Blackstone's GSO Capital Partners with a 22.6% stake.
Sep. 3, 2013, 2:51 PM
- Two weeks after a bankruptcy judge signed off on Eastman Kodak's (EKDKQ.PK -45.6%) restructuring plan, the company has officially emerged from Chap. 11. (PR) (8-K)
- The emergence follows the sale of Kodak's personalized/document imaging ops to its pension plan, the completion of a rights offering, and the sale of $406M in new equity to unsecured creditors, among other moves.
- All previously issued and outstanding Kodak shares have been cancelled, along with all other prior equity interests. Initial distributions related to "general unsecured claims" are due by the end of September.
Aug. 20, 2013, 5:53 PM
- Bankruptcy judge Allan Gropper has signed off on a restructuring that will allow Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ.PK -27.8%) to emerge from Chap. 11 as a smaller company focused on commercial printing/imaging and touch sensor solutions.
- Creditors with secured claims will be paid in full, while those with unsecured claims will only receive 4-5 cents on the dollar. Shareholders will receive nothing.
- Thus, the ruling (widely expected) led Kodak to dive to $0.056 on the pink sheets just before the close.
- Kodak, which has shed 47K employees since '03, will emerge from Chap. 11 with just 8.5K. Going into Chap. 11, and prior to major asset sales, headcount was 17K.
- Last week, Gropper rejected a bid by shareholders to have a committee representing their interests set up for them.
- Going forward, Kodak plans to sell $406M in stock (85% equity stake) through a rights offering backstopped by creditors.
Aug. 15, 2013, 6:42 PM
- U.S. bankruptcy judge Allan Gropper has rejected a bid by Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ.PK -15.9%) shareholders to have an official committee created to represent their interests.
- The ruling clears the way for creditors to obtain court approval next Tuesday for Kodak's reorganization plan, which will result in equity seeing their shares cancelled. All classes of eligible Kodak creditors have voted in favor of the plan.
- In defending the ruling, Gropper says there's no evidence creditors were "hiding value," and notes unsecured creditors may still only get 4-5 cents on the dollar.
- Kodak shares fell to $0.101 on the pink sheets today.
Jun. 19, 2013, 6:44 AM
May. 1, 2013, 3:42 PMEastman Kodak (EKDKQ.PK -72.9%) has plummeted to a mere $0.10 on the pink sheets after announcing a post-bankruptcy reorganization plan in which existing equity holders will see their shares cancelled. Second-lien noteholders will own 85% of the company, and unsecured creditors and retirees 15%. Kodak, which projects a $441M post-bankruptcy valuation, expects to exit Chapter 11 in Q3. (PR) (yesterday) | 4 Comments
Apr. 30, 2013, 11:28 AMEastman Kodak (EKDKQ.PK +17.4%) is now up 55% over the last 2 days on the pink sheets after announcing the sale of its personalized and document imaging units, and providing a Q1 business update. Excluding its $535M patent sale and a $77M goodwill charge, Kodak had a Q1 loss of $175M. Sales from continuing ops fell 9% Y/Y to $849M, and the bankrupt company's cash balance rose by $30M Q/Q to $1.17B. The Digital Printing & Enterprise unit had a segment loss of $8M in Q1, and the Graphics, Entertainment, & Commercial Films unit a profit of $38M. | 1 Comment
Apr. 29, 2013, 9:35 AMEastman Kodak (EKDKQ.PK) is selling its personalized imaging (camera film, paper, photo kiosks) and document imaging (scanners/related software) units to its U.K. pension fund for $650M. The deal settles $2.8B in claims against Kodak from the bankrupt company's largest creditor. Kodak asserts the deal gives it "the remaining liquidity we require to emerge from Chapter 11," and says it plans to "file a draft Chapter 11 plan with the [U.S.] Bankruptcy Court on April 30." Kodak recently sold some document imaging assets to Brother for $210M. (PR) (previous) | Comment!
Apr. 16, 2013, 10:18 AMUniPixel (UNXL +8.7%) makes new 52-week highs after announcing Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ.PK) will make touch sensors leveraging UniPixel's UniBoss film. The companies have begun to build a manufacturing/testing facility with 100K square feet of manufacturing space, and plan to spend $24M this year to improve/equip it. Kodak declares the partnership a part of its efforts to expand into functional printing. Last week, UniPixel announced a partnership with an unnamed "touchscreen ecosystem partner." | 3 Comments
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Mar. 22, 2013, 3:55 PMShutterfly (SFLY +0.1%) is suing bankrupt Eastman Kodak (EKDKQ.PK -3.3%) to get it to shut down its My Kodak Moments Facebook app, arguing it violates a non-compete agreement that was part of last year's $23.8M deal to purchase Kodak Gallery. Separately, Kodak announces it has closed its $848M financing deal with creditors. The company says it's on track to file a reorganization plan by April 30. | Comment!
Jan. 23, 2013, 1:53 PMTwo weeks after signing off on Eastman Kodak's (EKDKQ.PK) patent sale, a bankruptcy judge has approved $830M in financing that was contingent on the deal. The approval takes Kodak a step closer to coming out of Chap. 11, though the company still has to consummate a reorganization plan by Sep. 30, resolve its U.K. pension obligations, and sell all or part of its Document Imaging (scanners) and Personalized Imaging (photo kiosks, film, and paper) businesses. | 1 Comment
Jan. 11, 2013, 2:44 PMTo little surprise, a bankruptcy judge has signed off on the $525M sale of Eastman Kodak's (EKDKQ.PK -2.4%) patent portfolio to a consortium managed by RPX (RPXC) and Intellectual Ventures, and featuring a who's who of tech giants. The approval clears the way for Kodak to obtain $830M in financing and come out of Chapter 11 in 1H13. Earlier this week, Kodak, which plans to focus on business solutions going forward, announced a deal with private JK Imaging in which JK will sell cameras under the Kodak brand. | 3 Comments
Dec. 19, 2012, 10:26 AMMore on Kodak: The Next Web claims the consortium organized by RPX and Intellectual Ventures includes Apple and Google, as well as Samsung, Facebook, HTC, Fuji, Microsoft, Amazon, RIM, Adobe, Huawei, and Shutterfly. It looks as if the companies decided to join forces so as to keep Kodak's IP from further enriching patent lawyers. Apple, RIM, and HTC have been involved in legal disputes with Kodak over the patents. | 1 Comment
Dec. 19, 2012, 9:23 AMEastman Kodak (EKDKQ.PK) is selling its imaging patent portfolio for $525M to a consortium led by RPX (RPXC) and patent troll Intellectual Ventures. Kodak adds the deal settles existing IP litigation between the parties. The sale figure exceeds the $500M threshold needed for a $793M financing deal to clear. Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) were previously reported to have teamed up for a bid. (PR) | Comment!
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Eastman Kodak Co is a technology company providing imaging for business. It provides commercial products and services in technologies including materials science; digital imaging science and software; and deposition processes.
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