“Recovery in bankruptcy means returning to its base as a manufacturer of equipment such as the furnaces that produce sapphire, an effort that GT feels will take about $100 million in new loans,” Brickley reports. “The proposed bankruptcy financing still must be completed and approved by the court. It calls for GT to exit Chapter 11 protection early next year.”
“Enticed by the chance to link up with the smartphone giant, the New Hampshire company spent heavily to transform itself from a manufacturer of industrial equipment to a manufacturer of sapphire screen material for Apple,” Brickley reports. “An effort to produce the scratch- and shatter-resistant material at a volume never before attempted failed to pan out, for reasons that were a matter of dispute between GT and Apple. They settled their differences early in the bankruptcy, under an arrangement that gives GT time to sell furnaces to pay off a debt to Apple.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Good luck, GT Advanced – in moving furnaces to pay back the millions you owe Apple.
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