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LITTTLETON, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--APC Automotive Technologies, LLC, together with certain of its subsidiaries, (“APC” or the “Company”), today announced that it has entered into a comprehensive Restructuring Support Agreement (the “RSA”) with key stakeholders, including its asset-based lenders, 74% of its term loan lenders that are eligible to vote, and significant financial sponsors (the “RSA Parties”).
The restructuring transaction contemplated under the RSA will reduce APC’s outstanding indebtedness by approximately $290 million on a net basis, significantly strengthening the Company’s balance sheet and enhancing financial flexibility going forward. The RSA represents the commitment of the RSA Parties to support a comprehensive restructuring of the Company’s balance sheet.
Tribby Warfield, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, said, “The agreement with our lenders and equity sponsors represents their belief in APC’s business and their confidence in its future success. We are fortunate that APC possesses a market-leading underbody portfolio of highly regarded brands including Centric Parts®, StopTech®, AP Emissions®, Durafit® and Eastern Catalytic®, strong market recognition, and an exceptional customer base. Most importantly, we have an amazing team that is committed to providing quality products and excellent service to the industry.”
“This restructuring was designed to ensure that our ongoing business and service to customers continues without interruption, and I am confident that the steps we are announcing today will enable the Company to further enhance its ability to serve customers and invest in additional growth for years to come.”
To implement the financial restructuring contemplated under the RSA, the Company has filed voluntary petitions for reorganization pursuant to chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on June 3, 2020.
The Company will continue to solicit votes on its plan of reorganization during the chapter 11 filing. Because the Company’s plan has already received significant support from its lenders, the Company expects to complete the confirmation process and emerge from bankruptcy within the next month.
In addition, the Company has negotiated agreements with certain of its existing term loan lenders to provide APC $50 million of additional financing in the form of debtor-in-possession financing, which will roll into an exit term loan facility. This will ensure APC’s ability to operate on an uninterrupted basis.
APC will continue to operate in the ordinary course during the restructuring process, with adequate liquidity to meet its financial obligations to vendors, suppliers, and employees. The Company expects to continue making payments to these parties without interruption. Furthermore, the Company will continue to both receive inventory as well as take and fulfill customer orders as usual. The Company has also filed customary “first day” motions to facilitate its day-to-day operations during the restructuring process.
Parties with questions about the chapter 11 process may contact the Company’s Claims and Solicitation Agent, Stretto, at 855.260.9397 (toll-free in the U.S.) or 949.407.8590. Stretto has also set up a website at https://cases.stretto.com/APC, which will be updated with court documents and other information.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Jefferies LLC, and WeinsweigAdvisors LLC are the advisors for the Company. The RSA Parties include, among others: (i) the Term Loan Lender Group represented by King & Spalding LLP and FTI Consulting and (ii) the financial sponsors represented by White & Case LLP.
About APC Automotive Technologies
APC Automotive Technologies is a leading supplier of automotive, light truck, and heavy-duty undercar replacement parts. For more information, visit www.APCAutoTech.com.
Centric Parts, a division of APC Automotive Technologies, and North America’s leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake and chassis components, has just introduced the next generation of disc brake pads. Called PQ PRO by Posi Quiet, this advanced friction line has been developed with the professional technician in mind and addresses key service issues that plague many of today’s professional service technicians and their customers, such as brake fade, weak braking response and excessive noise.
In developing PQ PRO Disc Brake Pads, Centric Parts combined its brake friction development capabilities with cutting edge technology enhancements. PQ PRO is a brake pad line that offers confidence and peace of mind to the technician and delivers safety and comfort to the customer.
PQ PRO features application-specific friction compounds engineered to match or exceed original performance specifications, to ensure reliable stopping power. The pads are enhanced with the addition of a Mu500 friction coating that provides an immediate increase in Mu (stopping power) right out of the box. Advanced multi-layer shims are employed to eliminate noise. Specifically designed hardware is included with each brake pad set to guarantee full restoration of brake system performance, extend service life and eliminate noise caused by pad vibration.
To increase technician and customer confidence, every set of PQ PRO brake pads is backed by a one-year Centric Assured Roadside Assistance Guarantee, which provides the customer added peace of mind and a free ride back to the shop for any brake related issue.
The new PQ PRO by Posi Quiet brake pad line offers application coverage for a wide range of passenger cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs. The PQ PRO line features more than 1,200 SKUs, covering 108 vehicles makes and 2,393 models from 1957 to 2019.
PQ PRO by Posi Quiet joins the extensive Centric Parts brake pad product lineup, which includes Posi Quiet, Centric Premium, Tactical Police, Fleet Performance and CTek.
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