APC Automotive Technologies files Chapter 11, expects to emerge from bankruptcy within a month

Agreement to reorganize has broad support from the company’s asset-based lenders, term loan lenders, and significant financial sponsors, the company says, adding that sales, customer service and order fulfillment will continue without interruption

APC Automotive Technologies, LLC, together with certain of its subsidiaries, (“APC” or the “Company”), today announced that it has entered into a comprehensive Restructuring Support Agreement (the “RSA”) with key stakeholders, including its asset-based lenders, 74% of its term loan lenders that are eligible to vote, and significant financial sponsors (the “RSA Parties”).

The restructuring transaction contemplated under the RSA will reduce APC’s outstanding indebtedness by approximately $290 million on a net basis, significantly strengthening the Company’s balance sheet and enhancing financial flexibility going forward. The RSA represents the commitment of the RSA Parties to support a comprehensive restructuring of the Company’s balance sheet.

Tribby Warfield, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, said, “The agreement with our lenders and equity sponsors represents their belief in APC’s business and their confidence in its future success. We are fortunate that APC possesses a market-leading underbody portfolio of highly regarded brands including Centric Parts®, StopTech®, AP Emissions®, Durafit® and Eastern Catalytic®, strong market recognition, and an exceptional customer base. Most importantly, we have an amazing team that is committed to providing quality products and excellent service to the industry.”

“This restructuring was designed to ensure that our ongoing business and service to customers continues  without interruption, and I am confident that the steps we are announcing today will enable the Company to further enhance its ability to serve customers and invest in additional growth for years to come.”

To implement the financial restructuring contemplated under the RSA, the Company has filed voluntary petitions for reorganization pursuant to chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on June 3, 2020.

The Company will continue to solicit votes on its plan of reorganization during the chapter 11 filing. Because the Company’s plan has already received significant support from its lenders, the Company expects to complete the confirmation process and emerge from bankruptcy within the next month.

In addition, the Company has negotiated agreements with certain of its existing term loan lenders to provide APC $50 million of additional financing in the form of debtor-in-possession financing, which will roll into an exit term loan facility. This will ensure APC’s ability to operate on an uninterrupted basis.

APC will continue to operate in the ordinary course during the restructuring process, with adequate liquidity to meet its financial obligations to vendors, suppliers, and employees. The Company expects to continue making payments to these parties without interruption. Furthermore, the Company will continue to both receive inventory as well as take and fulfill customer orders as usual. The Company has also filed customary “first day” motions to facilitate its day-to-day operations during the restructuring process.

Parties with questions about the chapter 11 process may contact the Company’s Claims and Solicitation Agent, Stretto, at 855.260.9397 (toll-free in the U.S.) or 949.407.8590. Stretto has also set up a website at https://cases.stretto.com/APC, which will be updated with court documents and other information.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Jefferies LLC, and WeinsweigAdvisors LLC are the advisors for the Company. The RSA Parties include, among others: (i) the Term Loan Lender Group represented by King & Spalding LLP and FTI Consulting and (ii) the financial sponsors represented by White & Case LLP.

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