Eastman Kodak teeters on the brink, prepares for Chapter 11

“Eastman Kodak Co. is preparing to seek bankruptcy protection in the coming weeks, people familiar with the matter said, a move that would cap a stunning comedown for a company that once ranked among America’s corporate titans,” Mike Spector and Dana Mattioli report for The Wall Street Journal.

“The 131-year-old company is still making last-ditch efforts to sell off some of its patent portfolio and could avoid Chapter 11 if it succeeds, one of the people said,” Spector and Mattioli report. “But the company has started making preparations for a filing in case those efforts fail, including talking to banks about some $1 billion in financing to keep it afloat during bankruptcy proceedings, the people said.”

Spector and Mattioli report, “A filing could come as soon as this month or early February, one of the people familiar with the matter said. Kodak would continue to pay its bills and operate normally while under bankruptcy protection, the people said. But the company’s focus would then be the sale of some 1,100 patents through a court-supervised auction, the people said… Efforts to sell the portfolio have been slowed by bidders’ concerns that Kodak might seek bankruptcy protection. The company has talked to hedge funds about borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars to bridge its finances until the patents sell, but the talks have faltered, people familiar with the matter said.””

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  1. In a digital economy it is critical to run lean and be able to reinvent oneself on a dime.

    Sad to see Kodak fold but old management apparently couldn’t adapt to that MO…too little too late.

    Kodachrome was great!

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  2. What a tragedy, especially for the employees, the retirees, pensioners and the community of this once great innovative company! You can only blame the CEO and Board of Directors all the way back to the 1990’s for having absolutely NO Vision! They should have eliminated the dividend in the 90’s and saved every penny to prepare to reinvent themselves for the digital era. Let this be a lesson to the whining and crying short-sighted asset managers demanding a dividend from Apple. If Apple gets its cash up to 200-300 billion, they can ensure the company Perpetuity and survive forevermore on the income yield of the cash nest egg alone, if ever they need to reinvent themselves. This would guarantee themselves never to succumb to the fate of Kodak or Blockbuster or Barnes & Noble. And THAT is what I call Long-term Shareholder Friendly! THAT may be Steve Jobs’, may he rest in Peace, most brilliant contribution to Apple. Ponder that Ms. Karen Finnerman and other short-sighted analysts.

    1. I think you meant Borders and not Barnes & Noble. The former is dead; the latter is till with us.

      I live in the greater Rochester NY area (home of Kodak), and have worked for them in the past. It will be interesting, and not in a good way, to see what happens.

  3. Their scientific and commercial filter science is/was top notch. I hope they can pull it out of the fire. It would be hard on Rochester. They are one of the better corporate citizens. … Or so I understand.

  4. Noone is going to buy the patents if bankruptcy is pending, as any sale could be caught up in possible litigation. Only after they declare Chap11, will anyone consider buying the patents.

  5. It was pointed out to me a few years ago that Kodak film was made overseas while Fuji Film was made in the USA. Maybe that is part of their problem, they lost sight of how important American workers are.

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