Daily News: June 10, 2013

JPMorgan Chase Provides $500MM DIP Facility to Exide Tech

Exide Technologies filed a voluntary petition for reorganization pursuant to U.S. federal restructuring laws in order to facilitate the financial and operational restructuring necessary to strengthen its balance sheet and its business to position the company for future success. The petition was filed in the District of Delaware.

Exide has negotiated a $500 million debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing facility to be provided by a JPMorgan Chase-led group of financial institutions and investors in connection with the filing. Once approved by the court, this financing will enhance the company’s global liquidity position with approximately $300 million in new capital, in order to allow it to pursue its restructuring goals.

The proceeds of the DIP financing together with cash generated from daily operations and cash on hand will be used to fund post-petition operating expenses. Exide’s global management team will continue to manage both the U.S. and global businesses.

According to bankruptcy court documents, the DIP facilities are comprised of a first-out super-priority, secured, $225 million asset-based revolving credit facility and a second-out super-priority, multiple-draw secured $275 million term loan facility. The DIP financing will replace Exide’s existing asset-backed loan facility provided by Wells Fargo Capital Finance.

Only Exide Technologies’ United States’ operations, including the GNB Industrial Division, are included in the filing. Exide Technologies’ international operations are excluded from the filing. The Company plans to continue to operate globally without interruption during the reorganization.

In order to help facilitate the company’s financial restructuring, Exide’s Board of Directors has named Alvarez and Marsal’s Robert M. Caruso as chief restructuring officer.

Exide Technologies is a producer and recycler of lead-acid batteries.