Surfer and Surfing Parent company files for bankruptcy

The biggest titles in the surf mag world – undermined by their parent company’s debts.

This story, from surf business website www.shop-eat-surf.com, has been flying across the internet like spit in a barrel, often tagged along the lines of “Surfer and Surfing go bust!” Well, not exactly. Their parent company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy which means business as usual, although thanks to huge debts, they’re admitting they’re fundamentally screwed. For a definition of Chapter 11, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapter_11_Bankruptcy

Surfer, Surfing and Skateboarding magazines’ parent company declares bankruptcy

By ANDREW HORAN

Source Interlink, the company that publishes Surfing, Surfer, Skateboarder, Snowboarder and five other action sports magazines and web sites, said today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The company, which publishes a total of 75 magazines and 90 web sites, described the bankruptcy as a prepackaged filing.

In documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware yesterday, Source Interlink estimated that its assets range from $1 million to $10 million, but that its liabilities exceed $1 billion, and that it has 50,000 – 100,000 creditors – 18 of which joined in the voluntary bankruptcy.

It published a new page on its site today to describe how the prepackaged filing is expected to work out.

Some highlights from the site: Source Interlink says it will remain open for “business as usual” and that it can tap a $250 million revolving line of credit to maintain its operations.

But, “regretfully, all of the company’s common stock will be cancelled,” the site notes. The company said the bankruptcy will allow it to go private.

In a release, Source Interlink said vendors will be paid in full if they agree to keep current credit and payment terms. Lenders have agreed to cancel nearly $1 billion in debt and provide $100 million in additional liquidity.

Here’s the company’s announcement:

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Source Interlink Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:SORC – News), one of the largest publishers of magazines and online content for enthusiast audiences and a leading distributor of DVD’s, CD’s, magazines, video games and books today announced it has reached a restructured agreement with its lenders to eliminate approximately $1 billion dollars of existing debt and privatize the company.

Under the agreement, the company’s lenders will cancel nearly $1 billion of the company’s existing debt and provide approximately $100 million in additional liquidity.

Source Interlink, in agreement with its lenders, will pay all of its vendors in full and on time if they agree to maintain current credit and payment terms.

To facilitate the restructuring, the Company filed a lender-approved pre-packaged Plan of Reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The Company anticipates it will emerge within 35 days.

Source Interlink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Mays said, “We couldn’t be more pleased, this restructuring will materially reduce our interest expense and debt levels, substantially improve free cash flow and allow us to capitalize on several operational opportunities to further improve and grow our business.”

“Current management will remain in place, daily operations will continue as usual, and our employees will continue to do what they do best—provide exceptional service to our customers. Importantly, all of our vendors will be paid in full for both pre-petition and on going charges according to our terms of trade. It’s business as usual at Source Interlink” Mays added.

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.shop-eat-surf.com/news-item/880/source-i-link-bk-update

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