- Business Will Continue to Operate Without Interruption
- No Job Losses or Facility Closures Directly Resulting From the Filings
- Advanced Technology Effort Continues for Customers
- Supply Chain Remains Strong
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal-Mogul Corporation
(NYSE: FMO) today announced that to separate its asbestos liabilities from its
true operating potential, the company and its United States subsidiaries have
voluntarily filed for financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the
U.S Bankruptcy Code. In addition, Federal-Mogul subsidiaries in the United
Kingdom have filed jointly for Chapter 11 and Administration under the
U.K. Insolvency Act of 1986. No company subsidiaries outside of the
United States and the United Kingdom are included in these filings.
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The filings, made today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington,
Delaware, and the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, London, England,
enable Federal-Mogul to develop a plan to resolve its asbestos liabilities.
During these restructuring proceedings, Federal-Mogul will continue business
operations without interruption, and with the full support of its major
customers and suppliers.
"Moving forward, Federal-Mogul will continue to serve its existing
customers, fulfill current contracts and secure new business," said
Federal-Mogul Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Frank Macher. "I have been
in close contact with many of our major customers and suppliers, who have
indicated that they will support Federal-Mogul during the restructuring
Federal-Mogul intends to work closely with asbestos claimants and other
creditors to develop a financial reorganization plan that will address
asbestos claims and establish a viable capital structure for the long-term
growth and profitability of the company's operations.
In conjunction with the filings, Federal-Mogul has obtained commitments of
up to $675 million in a new loan through debtor-in-possession financing from a
group of banks led by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Following the U.S. Court's
approval, Federal-Mogul can use these funds to meet the future needs and
obligations associated with normal business operations. This includes payment
under normal terms to suppliers and vendors for all goods and services that
are provided after today's filing.
"After vigorously working for a legislative solution and operating nine
months with our new litigation approach for managing asbestos claims, we have
determined that the Chapter 11 and Administration processes are the only way
we can effectively structure payments for claimants without financially
crippling the operations of Federal-Mogul. This voluntary, but difficult,
decision to file enables us to continue our operations with the same high
level of commitment to our product quality and innovative technologies
required to competitively serve our customers," said Macher. "Federal-Mogul
is a very good company with dedicated, talented employees. We have a long
history and a solid future providing we take this undeniably difficult
No Federal-Mogul job losses or facility closures are expected as a direct
result of the filings. The company expects its employees worldwide will
continue to be paid in the normal manner and that their benefits will not be
disrupted. Federal-Mogul's qualified U.S. and U.K. pension plans for retirees
are protected by law.
Macher said the goals of Federal-Mogul's restructuring include:
-- Continue business operations without interruption, including the full
support of its customers.
-- Continue to compensate and reward our employees as valued corporate
-- Create an environment where our employees can focus on serving our
customers without distractions.
-- Grow the business on a global basis.
-- Invest capital and human resources in core businesses for our ongoing
-- Develop advanced technologies to maintain performance leadership.
-- Provide for asbestos claimants.
-- Complete the restructuring proceedings in a reasonable time frame.
-- Treat creditors and shareholders fairly.
"The operations of Federal-Mogul are fundamentally sound," Macher said.
"We have a clear leadership position in many of our major markets, and our
products are vital to the automotive industry. We have a loyal, global
customer base, strong technology in our core products, and the best brand
names in the industry. These business strengths combined with our employee
talent forms a solid foundation for long term success.
"Today's action provides a means for effectively separating our company's
acquired asbestos liabilities from our true operating potential, thus paving
the way for Federal-Mogul to emerge from the reorganization process as a
stronger, more competitive enterprise," Macher added. "We remain committed in
our efforts to bring about a legislative solution for managing asbestos
Federal-Mogul is one of more than 30 companies involved in
asbestos-related litigation to voluntarily file for Chapter 11 since 1982.
Ten companies involved in asbestos-related litigation have filed since
January 1, 2000.
In the United Kingdom, the Administration Order is a court order placing
Federal-Mogul's U.K. businesses under the control of a court-appointed
administrator. The order is intended to preserve the company's business and
allow a reorganization of its assets while protecting it from actions by
creditors and asbestos claimants. While these filings are independent of the
U.S., every effort is being made to maintain a mutual goal of reorganization.
For more information on Federal-Mogul's financial restructuring, visit the
company's web site at http://www.federal-mogul.com. For questions or
informational needs beyond what is available on the web site, the following
call centers have been established:
-- Suppliers serving operations in the United States and Canada may call
1-888-333-6645 or 1-248-354-7860
-- Suppliers serving operations outside of the United States and Canada
may call the following toll-free numbers: from the United Kingdom --
0800 389 6881; from Germany -- 0800 181 8324; from France --
0800 919 605; from Italy -- 800 783 590; from Spain -- 900 938 958.
Suppliers calling from any other country can dial +44 161 490 2650.
-- Customers, employees, investors, retirees and friends of Federal-Mogul
may call 1-888-711-3981 or 1-248-354-7884
Federal-Mogul Hosts Restructuring Conference Call
Federal-Mogul will be hosting a conference call at 1:00 p.m. EDT today,
Monday, October 1, to discuss the company's financial restructuring. The
conference call will feature remarks by Frank Macher, chairman and chief
executive officer. Chip McClure, president and chief operating officer and
Mike Lynch, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will join
Macher during the question and answer period. To participate in the call,
dial 1-719-457-2650 and give 515570 as the Federal-Mogul RSVP confirmation
code when requested. Please dial into the conference 15 minutes prior to
Federal-Mogul expects to report its financial results for the third
quarter of 2001 in a Form 10-Q scheduled to be filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission no later than November 14, 2001.
Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Federal-Mogul is an automotive
parts manufacturer providing innovative solutions and systems to global
customers in the automotive, small engine, heavy-duty and industrial markets.
The company was founded in 1899.
Certain statements contained or incorporated in this press release which
are not statements of historical fact constitute "Forward Looking Statements"
within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995,
the Act. Such statements are made in good faith by the Company pursuant to
the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Act.
Forward-looking statements include financial projections, estimates and
statements regarding plans, objectives and expectations of the Company and its
management as well as the Company's views regarding industry and economic
conditions and trends. Among the forward-looking statements that may be
included in this press release are statements regarding plans to implement
restructuring initiatives, plans to address issues related to financing of the
company's business operations, statements regarding industry conditions, and
statements regarding the scope and effect of asbestos liabilities.
These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, which
may cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from any future
results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks,
uncertainties, and other factors include, without limitation, fluctuation and
demand for both original equipment and replacement components in the
automotive, heavy-duty vehicular and industrial market, the effect of certain
global and regional economic conditions, the ability of the Company to control
operating and other costs, legal proceedings and claims (including
environmental and asbestos matters) involving the Company, changes in the
Company's relationships with customers and suppliers, the effect of the
bankruptcy filing by the Company and its subsidiaries and the filing for
administration by the Company's U.K. subsidiaries, legislative risks and
uncertainties, and other factors some of which are beyond the Company's
Federal-Mogul assumes no obligation to update any forward looking
information contained in this press release.
SOURCE Federal-Mogul Corporation
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