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Court Confirms Cengage Learning’s Plan of Reorganization

March 14, 2014, 07:09 AM
Filed Under: Bankruptcy

Cengage Learning, Inc., a leading global educational content, software and services company for the academic, professional and library markets, announced it has received confirmation of its Plan of Reorganization from the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York, which has been overseeing the Company's Chapter 11 proceedings following its voluntary filing on July 2, 2013. The Plan received full support from all of the company's major stakeholders. The confirmation clears the way for Cengage Learning to emerge from its court-supervised financial restructuring as expected, within the next few weeks.

Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of Cengage Learning, said, "We have made excellent progress in our financial restructuring, and, with the court approval of our Plan of Reorganization now received, we are poised to exit Chapter 11 in only a few weeks. We have used this process to establish a new capital structure with a substantially stronger balance sheet. We expect to emerge as an even more competitive and well-capitalized company, with excellent liquidity and greater financial flexibility to accelerate our growth and continue to meet the evolving needs of our users and customers."

"We are continuing to execute our strategy of transforming Cengage Learning into the education technology leader with the best selection of high quality educational and research content, digital solutions and personalized services. We greatly appreciate the dedication and focus of our employees on this exciting journey, as well as the support we received from our key financial stakeholders, authors and business partners during the restructuring. With these efforts, Cengage Learning will be well-positioned to have a profound impact on the learning experience, creating long-term growth and profitability," concluded Hansen.

Under the Plan, which resulted from a global settlement announced in February with the company's major financial stakeholders and creditors, Cengage Learning will reduce its funded debt by more than $4 billion and secure $1.75 billion in new financing. It expects the Plan to become effective within the next few weeks, once all closing conditions have been met.

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