Kodak returns to the land of the living as business imaging company

kodak logo colorWelcome back Kodak! I was worried about you. I’ll be honest, I still miss Kodachrome, but I’m glad we haven’t completely lost such an iconic company.

Kodak has completed its Chapter 11 reorganization, and is announcing its goals of moving forward as a business imaging solutions company. It’s sad to see such a prime player in photography walk away from the consumer market, but it makes sense given the visceral competition iin the smartphone market and waning consumer interest for standalone point and shoot cameras.

Kodak’s statement does not directly address what services they will be offering businesses, but they did focus on the increasing move to digital imaging not just for content creation, but for output as well. Simply put, fewer people are printing things out. Whatever strategies they employ towards profitability will have to address that market behavior.

Full Kodak PR after the jump.

Kodak Emerges as Technology Company Focused on Imaging for Business

CEO Perez: “Kodak: What’s Next Starts Now.”

“Kodak: What’s Next Starts Now.”

Today, Antonio M. Perez, Kodak Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, announced the company’s emergence from Chapter 11 as a reorganized company, following completion of the final steps in the restructuring process.

“We have emerged as a technology company serving imaging for business markets – including packaging, functional printing, graphic communications and professional services,” said Perez. “We have been revitalized by our transformation and restructured to become a formidable competitor – leaner, with a strong capital structure, a healthy balance sheet, and the industry’s best technology.”

Kodak completed the final steps in its Chapter 11 restructuring, including the spin-off of its Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses to Kodak Pension Plan, a longstanding pension plan of Kodak’s U.K. subsidiary. The company also successfully closed on its agreement for $695 million in term exit financing, paid off its DIP lenders and second lien noteholders in full and completed its rights offerings, receiving approximately $406 million of new equity investments from participating unsecured creditors.

“We are setting a trajectory for profitable growth,” Perez said. “We have the right technology at the right time as printing markets increasingly transition to digital. Our broad portfolio of offset, hybrid and digital solutions enables customers to make the transition at their chosen pace using our breakthrough technology solutions.

“We thank our employees for their extraordinary skills and commitment. We thank our suppliers for their dedication. We thank our customers and partners for their loyalty and for inspiring us to create disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions.”

The company has filed notice of the effectiveness of its Plan of Reorganization with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Upon the effectiveness of the Plan, all previously issued and outstanding shares of Kodak common stock were cancelled, as were all other previously issued and outstanding equity interests. Kodak issued shares of a new class of common stock to participants in the rights offerings and will issue additional shares of this new class of common stock to unsecured creditors as provided in the Plan of Reorganization. Kodak expects to make initial distributions on account of general unsecured claims by the end of September.

Kodak will file a report on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission including more details.

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About Kodak

Kodak has transformed into a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.

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