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Raser Technologies files for bankrupcty protection under Chapter 11

Thermo No.1 plant in Utah (source: Raser Technologies)
Alexander Richter 30 Apr 2011

Raser Technologies, Inc. and all of its wholly-owned subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code to effect a restructuring of the Company's business and capital structure.

In a release, “Raser Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: RZTI) announced it and all of its wholly-owned subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to effect a restructuring of the Company’s business and capital structure.

The Chapter 11 petitions were filed to effectuate certain transactions contemplated by a Plan Support and Restructuring Agreement dated April 28, 2011 (the “Plan Support Agreement”), among the Company, the Thermo No. 1 project secured creditors and certain holders of the Company’s unsecured 8% Convertible Senior Notes Due 2013. Under the terms of the Plan Support Agreement, the Company will restructure substantially all of its liabilities, including over $90 million of secured and unsecured debt and over $5 million in trade obligations and other claims, and will receive an infusion of new capital to ensure that the Company will be in a position to continue its operations in the ordinary course and execute its business plan.

Nick Goodman, Chairman & CEO of the Company, said, “Throughout the reorganization process, we will be conducting ‘business as usual’ and have taken every step possible to ensure that the Chapter 11 filings will not adversely affect our day-to-day operations or the delivery of power from our Thermo No. 1 plant. These steps include obtaining a committed $8.75 million debtor-in-possession financing facility from two of our bondholders.” He added, “Reorganizing and recapitalizing the Company is a critical step in positioning the Company to obtain the capital we need to repower our Thermo No. 1 project, develop our resource portfolio and take advantage of growth opportunities in the geothermal energy market. Today’s action will provide long-term relief from our debilitating legacy debt and allow us to pursue development of innovative geothermal and other renewable energy solutions. We are optimistic that the strong support we have received from our creditors will facilitate an accelerated pace for our reorganization and our exit from bankruptcy.”

The Plan Support Agreement contemplates resolution of substantially all existing secured and unsecured debt of the Company and $8.75 million of new debtor-in-possession financing to fund the Company’s working capital needs during the pendency of the Chapter 11 process and elimination of all equity interests, including common stock, options, and warrants.

The Company’s Chapter 11 case is pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, Case No. 11-11315. Peter S. Partee, Sr. of Hunton & Williams, LLP, serves as lead counsel to the Company in its restructuring.

Source: Company release via Sacbee