Garrett Motion Enters Into Definitive Transaction Agreement and Initiates Voluntary Reorganization in Chapter 11 to Remedy Capital Structure and Support Growth
Garrett Motion Inc. (“Garrett” or the “Company”) (NYSE: GTX) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with KPS Capital Partners, LP (“KPS”) with respect to a potential purchase of its business and commenced voluntary Chapter 11 cases with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in order to implement the purchase.
In connection with its reorganization, the Company has entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement with holders of approximately 61% of the Company’s outstanding senior secured debt as of the date of the chapter 11 filing and is seeking Court approval of $250 million of debtor-in-possession financing, arranged by Citigroup. The proceeds of the new financing, which is subject to Court approval and the satisfaction of other conditions precedent, will supplement cash flow from ongoing operations and bolster the Company’s liquidity position during the Chapter 11 cases.
KPS is a leading global private equity firm with a demonstrated track record of successfully investing in the automotive and transportation industries and well known to global automotive OEMs. KPS, with approximately $11.5 billion of assets under management, works to advance the strategic position, competitiveness and profitability of its investments to create world-class, industry-leading companies. Garrett believes KPS will provide the strategic and financial support to enable the Company to accelerate the development of cutting-edge technologies and solutions in highly engineered turbocharger, electric-boosting and connected vehicle technologies critical to the automotive industry’s future vehicle development.
The KPS stalking horse transaction agreement is subject to higher or better offers in the bankruptcy case. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals, as well as court approval and other customary conditions.
Olivier Rabiller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Garrett, said, “Although the fundamentals of our business are strong and we have continued to try to develop our business strategy, the financial strains of the heavy debt load and liabilities we inherited in the spin-off from Honeywell - all exacerbated by COVID-19 - have created a significant long-term burden on our business.”
“This proposed transaction will provide a capital structure and institutional support to ensure our long-term viability and set the foundation for the next phase of Garrett’s growth. Our goal is to emerge from this process in early 2021 with a strengthened financial position, new and supportive ownership, and renewed energy and resources to continue to provide exceptional service to our customers, be a strong and reliable partner to our suppliers and other stakeholders, and act as a stable and desirable employer. I look forward to continuing to work with Garrett’s talented team and serving our customers with our advanced technologies,” Rabiller said.