CREVE COEUR, Mo. and CHICAGO, Jan. 27 /CNW/ -- Smurfit- Stone today
announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware has granted
the relief the Company requested in its "First Day Motions" filed in
conjunction with its voluntary filing for reorganization under Chapter 11 of
the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
The court issued a variety of orders on either a final or interim basis
that will ensure that Smurfit-Stone continues to operate in a "business as
usual" mode throughout the reorganization process.
The Company's Canadian subsidiaries have received similar relief under
the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) from the Ontario Superior
Court of Justice.
Smurfit-Stone has now received court authorization to, among other things:
-- Utilize up to $550 million of the Company's new $750 million debtor-in-
possession (DIP) credit facility on an interim basis. As customary, a
hearing at which the Company will seek final court approval for the
full amount of the DIP facility and other First Day Motions has been
scheduled for February 23, 2009.
-- Provide employee wages, reimbursements, health care coverage, vacation,
sick leave and similar benefits without interruption;
-- Honor customer obligations; and,
-- Ensure the continuation of the Company's cash management systems and
other business operations.
Patrick J. Moore, chairman and CEO, said, "The authorization we received
from the court is an important and positive first step in our reorganization
and allows us to operate in a business as usual mode. We are focused on
providing our customers with quality goods and services. Smurfit-Stone
intends to pay vendors in the ordinary course under existing terms for all
goods and services received after the filing date. We are moving forward to
restructure our debt and develop a capital structure more suited to support
our long-term growth and profitability."
Smurfit-Stone and its U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries filed to reorganize
under Chapter 11 on January 26, 2009, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in
Wilmington, Delaware. The case number is 09-10235. The Canadian subsidiaries
also filed to reorganize under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA)
in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Canada.
More information about Smurfit-Stone's reorganization is available on the
Company's website at http://www.smurfit-stone.com. Copies of the First Day
Motions and court orders are available at:
http://chapter11.epiqsystems.com/Smurfit. Employee, retiree, customer and
supplier inquires can be made at 877-264-9638. If outside of the US and
Canada, inquiries can be made at 503-597-7694.
Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation is one of the industry's leading
integrated containerboard and corrugated packaging producers and is one of the
world's largest paper recyclers. The company is a member of the Sustainable
Forestry Initiative(R), and the Chicago Climate Exchange. Smurfit-Stone
generated revenue of $7.4 billion in 2007, has led the industry in safety
every year since 2001, and conducts its business in compliance with the
environmental, health, and safety principles of the American Forest & Paper
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For further information: Sue Neumann, +1-314-656-5691, or John Haudrich,
+1-314-656-5375, both of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation Web Site: