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Kodak Pension Plan gets imaging business

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Eastman Kodak Company reached a settlement agreement with the U.K. Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), its largest creditor, under which Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses will be spun off under new ownership to KPP.




The settlement agreement provides, among other things, for the spin-off of Kodak's Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses to KPP for $650 million in cash and non-cash. Certain proceeds will be used to support the emergence of Kodak from Chapter 11 and the growth of its Commercial Imaging business. The agreement also settles approximately $2.8 billion of claims by KPP against Kodak and certain of its affiliates.

"In one comprehensive transaction, Kodak will realize its previously announced intention to divest its Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses and settle its largest legacy liability," said Antonio M. Perez, Kodak chairman and chief executive officer.

"KPP and Kodak have been working collaboratively since the beginning of the case, and this acquisition provides security for and delivers the greatest value to, the KPP members. Overall, this settlement gives the KPP members greatly improved future prospects whilst being good for Kodak's employees, its creditors and for UK businesses," said Steven Ross, chairman of KPP.

The agreement will be implemented as part of Kodak's Chapter 11 plan in the United States. At consummation of the spin-off, Kodak and its worldwide affiliates will be released from their obligations to KPP. The UK Pensions Regulator has been kept fully informed of this process and the Regulator has granted clearance in respect of the acquisition.

The Regulator has decided that it will approve the release of Kodak Limited, the KPP's sponsoring employer, from its liabilities to the KPP and the UK Pension Protection Fund has confirmed that it has no objection. Closing of the transaction is subject to the approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, approval by the Regulator and the satisfaction or waiver of other conditions precedent.

Kodak intends to file a draft Chapter 11 plan with the Bankruptcy Court on April 30, and to seek approval of the KPP settlement and related transactions promptly thereafter, withdrawing the previously-filed motion for the standalone sale of the Document Imaging business.


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