4L Announces Debt Restructuring Agreement
On December 11th, 4L Holdings, which operates as Clover Technologies Group, announced that it, along with certain of its affiliates, has entered into a restructuring support agreement that will equitize all of the company’s approximately $644 million in long-term debt – with the majority of its equity holders and a group of its lenders representing over 67 percent of its outstanding long-term debt.
In addition to the restructuring, the agreement also supports two recently announced strategic transactions: Clover Wireless’ acquisition of Teleplan, which closed on December 4, 2019, and the sale of Clover Imaging to Norwest Equity Partners, which was announced on November 21, 2019, and is expected to close in mid-December 2019. Upon completion of the sale of Clover Imaging, the proceeds from the sale will be used to pay down a portion of 4L’s current outstanding long-term debt.
“Collectively, these actions are important, positive steps forward for our company, and are designed to put our company on strong financial footing as we embark on our next chapter,” said Dan Perez, CEO of Clover Wireless. “Once the restructuring support agreement and strategic transactions are finalized, we will be a nimbler and more focused company, and we will be well positioned for long-term success. We will have a right-sized balance sheet that supports our growth and further investment in our technology and capabilities. We appreciate the constructive discussions we’ve had with our lenders and sponsors and are grateful for their support and confidence in our refocused strategic plan.”
Under the agreement, the financial restructuring of 4L – the parent company of Clover Wireless – is expected to be implemented through a prepackaged chapter 11 plan of reorganization that will be filed shortly. The company says it’s already received significant support for the plan from a group of its lenders and equity holders, which have consented to the transaction, and is currently in the process of soliciting additional support from all of its lenders and equity holders, with the goal of obtaining consensus.
As a result, it is expected that 4L will be able to complete its financial restructuring process quickly. In addition, the company’s operations are expected to continue as usual throughout the financial restructuring process. 4L’s non-U.S. subsidiaries and affiliates – including Teleplan – are not expected to be included in the financial restructuring process, including any Chapter 11 filing, or affected by the process.
Clover Imaging will not be part of the financial restructuring process, including any Chapter 11 filing.
Clover Imaging further clarified that statement, noting:
As announced on November 21, 2019, Clover Imaging Group’s executive leadership team and Norwest Equity Partners announced the acquisition of the Clover Imaging Group business unit from 4L Holdings Group. Following the close of the transaction, Clover Imaging Group will be a separate and independent company. There will be no shared financials, facilities, operations, or personnel with 4L Holdings Group or Clover Wireless.
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