Friday, May 22, 2009

Houghton Mifflin Owner EMPG set for Refinancing

The Irish Independent is reporting advanced debt for equity discussions with loaning banks of troubled Houghton Mifflin Harcourt owner Education Media Publishing Group. The refinancing is likely to significantly reduce CEO/Chairman Barry O'Callaghan's 38pc ownership in EMPG. (Independent)

Other items of note:
  • Operationally EMPG appears to be doing well with 'strong cash flow'
  • Synergy and savings are pushing EBITDA close to $1bill up 20%
  • The company has pulled out of the ratings service after downgrades
  • Lending banks have agreed to relax some of their covenants
  • Bertelsemann offered to invest $300mm in EMPG but was rejected
  • The debt to equity swap will further dilute Reed Elseviers share

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