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News   June 13, 2013   by CARS Magazine

Exide Technologies Receives Interim Court Approval of US$500 Million Financing Agreement that Assures Continued, Uninterrupted Global Operations

Exide Technologies announced that it has received U.S. Court approval of a variety of motions that will support the Company’s operations as it proceeds with its restructuring, including interim approval of its US$500 million...


Exide Technologies announced that it has received U.S. Court approval of a variety of motions that will support the Company’s operations as it proceeds with its restructuring, including interim approval of its US$500 million Debtor-in-Possession (DIP) financing agreement  with JP Morgan Chase , N.A. designed to facilitate and ensure the continued uninterrupted operation of Exide’s global business.

The Honorable Judge Kevin J. Carey authorized the Company to access up toUS $395 million of the DIP Financing Facility – the full $225 million of the ABL revolving credit facility and US$170 million of the US$275 million term loan facility. It is contemplated that certain of the current holders of the Company’s 8.625 per cent Senior Secured Notes due February 1, 2018 will become lenders under the DIP Financing Facility.  The Company’s current asset based lending facility with outstanding obligations of approximately US$160 million, will be paid off in full as a part of the new funding.   The DIP financing and cash generated from operations will be used to support the Company’s global operations during the course of these proceedings.  A hearing to consider final approval of the DIP financing is scheduled on July 11, 2013 at 10:00 am EDT.

In addition to the financing, the Company also received authorization to continue its employee wages and benefits according to their existing plans, ensuring that employees will continue to be paid according to schedule.  The Company also received authorization to honor certain prepetition obligations to customers and to continue other customer programs including warranties, rebates, returns, refunds, exchanges, adjustments, promotions, credits, guarantees and all such other similar policies, programs and practices of the Debtors in the ordinary course of business on a post-petition basis.

“We are pleased with the approval by the Court of our ‘first day motions,’ particularly the DIP financing which is a key lynchpin to our go-forward business strategy.  With this important step behind us, we can focus on servicing the needs of our customers in a timely and uninterrupted basis and continue businesses around the globe in the ordinary course,” said chief executive officer of Exide Technologies, James R. Bolch.

On June 10, Exide Technologies filed a voluntary petition for reorganization pursuant to U.S. federal restructuring laws in the District of Delaware.  Exide Technologies’ international operations were not included in the filing and will continue their business operations without supervision from the U.S. courts.  The Company has also established two separate toll-free information lines:  one for U.S. suppliers, 888-985-9831 and another for other interested parties, 855-291-0287.  More information on Exide’s U.S. restructuring is available on the Company’s web site, www.exide.com.