NewPage receives approval for its Chapter 11 restructuring first day motions, which allows company to continue operations, provides US$600M in financing
September 8, 2011
– NewPage Corporation announced today that its corporate parent, NewPage Group Inc., and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries (collectively, the "Company") have received approval from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on all of the First Day Motions related to its voluntary Chapter 11 restructuring that were scheduled to be heard today. The remaining motions (dealing with certain professionals) will be scheduled for a hearing at a later date. These approvals give the Company the authority to continue to conduct its business as usual without interruption in U.S. employee wages and benefits programs or customer programs, among other stakeholder protections.
Among the First Day Motions granted, the Company received interim approval of its $600 million Debtor in Possession (DIP) financing committed by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank PLC and Wells Fargo Capital Finance, LLC. These facilities help ensure the Company has adequate liquidity to continue to operate and compete successfully while it works with its creditors and other stakeholders to complete a Chapter 11 plan for its U.S. operations.
Additionally, the Company emphasized that, following approval of the motions:
"Securing Court approval of our First Day Motions was a critical first step in our Court-supervised restructuring process," said George F. Martin, president and chief executive officer of NewPage Corporation. "We believe the intended balance sheet restructuring will enable us to fully realize the benefits of our prior operational improvements and make continued investments in the business. Building upon the consistency and exceptional service for which NewPage has been known, we will continue to create quality paper that is in high demand from our customers."
NewPage Group Inc. and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code on September 7, 2011. Separately, the company's Canadian subsidiary, NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp., commenced proceedings before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act of Canada ("CCAA").
NewPage has established a dedicated website, www.NewPageRestructuring.com, through which its stakeholders can access current information about the restructuring and the related legal filings.
Court documents pertaining to the U.S. proceedings can also be accessed directly through the Claims Agent's website, www.kccllc.net/newpage.
Suppliers can receive answers to additional questions they may have by contacting the NewPage supplier call center at (877) 226-7107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About NewPage Corporation
Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, NewPage Corporation is the leading producer of printing and specialty papers in North America, based on production capacity, with $3.6 billion in net sales for the year ended December 31, 2010. The company's product portfolio is the broadest in North America and includes coated freesheet, coated groundwood, supercalendered, newsprint and specialty papers. These papers are used for corporate collateral, commercial printing, magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts, newspapers, packaging applications and direct mail advertising.
NewPage owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nova Scotia, Canada. These mills have a total annual production capacity of approximately 4.1 million tons of paper, including approximately 2.9 million tons of coated paper, approximately 1.0 million tons of uncoated paper and approximately 200,000 tons of specialty paper.
To learn more, visit www.NewPageCorp.com.