Daily News: May 21, 2012

Reddy Ice Announces Confirmation of Plan Of Reorganization

Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc. announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division confirmed the first amended joint plan of reorganization of the company and its direct subsidiary, Reddy Ice Corporation under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. The company currently expects to emerge from Chapter 11 in late May 2012 after the conditions to effectiveness of the plan are satisfied.

All voting classes of creditors voted in favor of the plan, with over 80% in amount and over 90% in number of the debtors’ first and second lien noteholders and 100% of the company’s senior discount noteholders voting in favor of the plan.

The plan will substantially deleverage the debtors’ balance sheet and position the debtors to be a financially stronger enterprise post-emergence. Through the plan, (i) the debtors’ financial debt will be reduced by approximately $145 million, (ii) the debtors’ cash interest expense will be reduced by approximately $20 million annually, and (iii) the debtors will receive new equity capital infusions totaling approximately $25 million, including a $7.5 million preferred stock investment by Centerbridge Capital Partners II, L.P. or one or more of its parallel funds and a $17.5 million preferred stock rights offering to holders of the debtors’ pre-petition second lien secured notes backstopped by Centerbridge.

In connection with the plan, the debtors entered into, and the Bankruptcy Court approved, settlement agreements in respect of certain outstanding litigation matters including (i) the putative direct purchaser class action claims, (ii) the putative indirect purchaser class action claims and (iii) the putative securities class action claims.

Under the plan, holders of common stock of the company will share in approximately $2.4 million in cash, with the option for holders of at least 25,000 shares of common stock to elect to receive common stock of the reorganized company in lieu of cash. Subject to certain conditions, in the event that the company consummates an acquisition of Arctic Glacier Income Fund, holders of common stock of the company will share in an additional approximately $1.2 million in cash or, with respect to holders who elected to receive common stock of the reorganized company, additional common shares of the reorganized company.

Gilbert M. Cassagne, the company’s chairman, CEO and president, said, “The confirmation of our plan represents the last major milestone prior to completing our restructuring and we are proud of what we have accomplished in partnership with Centerbridge and other stakeholders. We believe that we have established a foundation to emerge as a stronger and more competitive company without the distraction of any material ongoing litigation and with the resources to execute on our strategic vision.”

DLA Piper LLP (US) is serving as the company’s legal advisor, and Jefferies & Company, Inc. is serving as the company’s financial advisor.

Previously on abfjournal.com:

Reddy Ice to File for Chapter 11; Secures DIP Financing, Thursday, April 12, 2012