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Exide’s DIP Lenders Approve DIP Financing Increase by $60MM

July 30, 2014, 08:02 AM
Filed Under: Bankruptcy

Exide Technologies announced that, on July 22, 2014 and July 25, 2014, Exide's DIP lenders approved two amendments to the company's debtor-in-possession financing facilities (the "DIP Facilities"). The sixth amendment provides the Company with $60 million in incremental liquidity to execute its business plan and meet working capital needs for the upcoming inventory build season. The amendment also extends the maturity date of the DIP Facilities to December 31, 2014, which would be effective upon Exide's entry into a plan support agreement. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware entered the order approving the additional $60 million in liquidity to be provided under the sixth amendment on July 28, 2014. Exide currently expects to obtain the additional funding this week.

The seventh amendment, effective as of July 25, 2014, eliminates the date by which Exide is required to file a plan of reorganization ("POR"), providing the Company additional flexibility to build consensus in completing POR negotiations with its creditor constituents. In particular, Exide continues to advance negotiations of the previously announced non-binding proposal for a POR and preferred equity capital commitment received from the unofficial committee of senior secured noteholders and intends to file a POR promptly following finalization of negotiations with its stakeholders. To provide maximum flexibility in its continued POR negotiations, Exide intends to file a motion on or before July 31, 2014 seeking to extend the exclusive period in which to file a POR to December 10, 2014. Exide expects its exclusivity extension request to be heard by the Bankruptcy Court on September 3, 2014. Exide remains committed to emerging from Chapter 11 by December 31, 2014.

Exide Technologies, with operations in more than 80 countries, is one of the world's largest producers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries. The Company's global business groups provide a comprehensive range of stored electrical energy products and services for industrial and transportation applications. Transportation markets include original-equipment and aftermarket automotive, heavy-duty truck, agricultural and marine applications, and new technologies for hybrid vehicles and automotive applications. Industrial markets include network power applications such as telecommunications, electric utilities, railroads, photovoltaic (solar-power related) and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), and motive-power applications including lift trucks, mining and other commercial vehicles.

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