Silicones and Quartz Producer Momentive Performance Materials Inc. Completes Balance Sheet Restructuring and Emerges from Chapter 11
WATERFORD, N.Y. – October 24, 2014 – Momentive Performance Materials Inc. (“MPM” or “the Company”), a global leader in the development and manufacture of silicones and products derived from quartz and specialty ceramics, today announced that it has successfully completed its balance sheet restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11.
MPM has emerged from Chapter 11 with a healthy balance sheet, significant liquidity of approximately $360 million and a free cash flow profile that will allow MPM to invest in its leading technology portfolio and global operations. As a result of this process, MPM has eliminated approximately $3 billion of debt from its balance sheet and will have pro forma net debt of approximately $1.2 billion. Throughout the pendency of its case, MPM continued to operate in normal course and its plan of reorganization, among other things, has provided for a 100% recovery to trade creditors and a $600 million new equity infusion.
“Today marks the start of a new era for MPM,” said Jack Boss, MPM’s Interim Chief Executive Officer and President. “Our balance sheet restructuring has provided us with a solid financial foundation from which we can sustainably operate and grow our leading silicones and quartz businesses. MPM is moving forward with the financial flexibility and cash flow necessary to continue to drive innovation across its specialty portfolio and provide value-added and differentiated products and services. We appreciate the support of our lenders throughout this transformational process and would like to thank our valued customers, suppliers and employees for their steadfast commitment to MPM. We believe we are well positioned for future success and excited by the opportunities afforded to us by our new capital structure.”
Post-emergence, MPM will have an independent senior management team and board of directors from Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (“MSC”). The shared services agreement between MPM and MSC will remain in place and both companies will continue to benefit from the optimized cost structure and services that it provides.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP served as legal counsel, Moelis & Company served as financial advisor, and AlixPartners, LLP served as restructuring advisor to MPM. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York previously entered an order confirming MPM’s restructuring plan on September 11, 2014.
About Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is a global leader in silicones and advanced materials, with a 75-year heritage of being first to market with performance applications for major industries that support and improve everyday life. The Company delivers science-based solutions, by linking custom technology platforms to opportunities for customers.
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