By Sakthi Prasad
Feb 25 (Reuters) - U.S. aluminum producer Ormet Corp has
filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, hurt by low
aluminium prices and high power costs, and agreed to sell its
business to investment firm Wayzata Investment Partners, court
Ormet has received about $90 million of debtor-in-possession
(DIP) financing, $30 million from Wayzata and $60 million from
Wells Fargo, the company said late on Monday.
"Ormet has done everything possible during very difficult
financial times to pay its debt and legacy obligations. However,
with a low metal price and higher power costs, we no longer have
the financial liquidity to continue to do this," Ormet Chief
Executive Mike Tanchuk said in a statement.
Ormet listed total liabilities of $416 million and assets of
$406.8 million, according to a court filing.
The company said the bankruptcy filing will help it
restructure its debt and slash costs while continuing its
Ormet will solicit competing bids from other potential
purchasers in accordance with a sale process to be approved by
the bankruptcy court.
The company said the purchase price is not expected to
provide sufficient recovery to the company's shareholders.
Ormet shares last traded at $0.45, giving the company a
market capitalisation of about $8.4 million.
The case is Ormet Corp, Case No. 13-10334, U.S. Bankruptcy
Court, District of Delaware.
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