Provides Pathway to Emergence from Chapter 11 Following Remaining Regulatory Approvals
Company Continues to Deliver Uninterrupted Services to Customers and Communities Across the U.S.
NORWALK, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Frontier Communications Corporation (OTCMKTS: FTRCQ) (“Frontier” or the “Company”) today announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has confirmed the Company’s Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”), subject to final documentation. Upon emergence, the Company will have reduced its total outstanding indebtedness by more than $10 billion and have achieved significant financial flexibility to support continued investment in its long-term growth. The Company expects to complete its restructuring and successfully emerge from Chapter 11, following the completion of the regulatory approval process.
“We are pleased to have reached this next critical milestone in our expedited restructuring process, which will position Frontier for long-term growth and success,” said Robert Schriesheim, Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors. “On behalf of the entire Frontier team, I want to express our gratitude to all of our stakeholders, including lenders, bondholders, regulators, vendors, and of course our valued customers and employees for their continued business and support. It is thanks to all of these stakeholders that we have been able to confirm our Plan approximately four months after we initially filed for Chapter 11. We are working expeditiously to implement the Plan, and look forward to emerging as a competitive and healthy company.”
“Today’s confirmation marks the beginning of a new and exciting path forward at Frontier,” said Bernie Han, President and Chief Executive Officer. “With a significantly stronger financial foundation, Frontier will be well positioned to accelerate our transformation, invest in infrastructure and drive efficiencies to better serve our customers. At a time when our network services have never been needed more, our entire team has remained steadfast in their commitment to serving our customers, ensuring they are connected and informed. Looking ahead, we have a strong vision, one where we will win in the current competitive environment and create a better customer experience.”
Since commencing its in-court restructuring, Frontier has secured regulatory approvals or favorable determinations in six states and is progressing with the remaining regulatory approvals. Upon completion of this process, Frontier expects to promptly consummate the transactions contemplated under the Plan and emerge from its in-court restructuring process.
Additional information regarding Frontiers’ financial restructuring is available at www.frontierrestructuring.com. Court filings and information about the claims process are available at https://cases.primeclerk.com/ftr, by calling the Company’s claims agent, Prime Clerk, toll-free at (877)-433-8020 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor, Evercore is serving as financial advisor and FTI Consulting, Inc. is serving as restructuring advisor to the Company.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation (OTCMKTS: FTRCQ) offers a variety of services to residential and business customers over its fiber-optic and copper networks in 25 states, including video, high-speed internet, advanced voice, and Frontier Secure® digital protection solutions.
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