Intelsat receives bankruptcy court docket approval to exit Chapter 11 in early 2022

TAMPA, Fla. — Intelsat is poised to exit Chapter 11 in early 2022, following its individual bankruptcy court authorized a restructuring plan that cuts the satellite operator’s debt from about $16 billion to $7 billion.

The acceptance from the U.S. Personal bankruptcy Court for the Jap District of Virginia marks the last court docket milestone for a Chapter 11 procedure that started off in May possibly 2020.

Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler claimed the business now stands to emerge from Chapter 11 early next year, following regulatory approvals and securing the funding laid out in the restructuring system to recapitalize the enterprise.

He explained the individual bankruptcy courtroom acceptance arrived following the system gained assistance from all creditor teams across Intelsat’s complicated cash composition.

Wide aid came right after satellite operator SES agreed to fall its opposition to the restructuring program, in return for variations to how Intelsat distributes belongings across Intelsat entities post-individual bankruptcy.

The modifications ended up produced amid legal motion SES has lodged against Intelsat over how C-band clearing proceeds should be divvied up between satellite operators. 

“If SES prevails on its claims, Intelsat will be obligated to make payment to SES in accordance with distributions provisions in the Amended Program of Reorganization,” explained Suzanne Ong, vice president of external communications at SES.

SES also agreed to waive its need for punitive damages as section of the negotiation. 

A court listening to on SES’ claim is scheduled to get started Feb. 7.

Intelsat stated it is in line to experience almost $5 billion in complete proceeds from clearing C-band spectrum, which the firm explained will enable lessen its personal debt.

Following conference a vital regulatory deadline for clearing component of the spectrum, the operator expects to receive $1.2 billion of these proceeds in January.

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Intelsat will arise as a private business with previous bondholders as fairness owners under the restructuring approach.

Spengler claimed PIMCO, a U.S. investment management organization, is established to be Intelsat’s major shareholder put up-bankruptcy with a stake of about 30%.

In accordance to Spengler, who strategies to retire shortly following the business exits Chapter 11, the restructuring strategy “creates a substantially different Intelsat with a strong economical basis and money adaptability for the upcoming, and it positions us very well to take part completely in the marketplace” and spend in a “fully application-described community based close to 5G technologies.”

Samer Halawi, Intelsat’s executive vice president and main professional officer, talked over the company’s ideas for 10 application-outlined satellites in an October SpaceNews interview. 

The corporation has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the satellites as aspect of a multi-orbit expansion method that could also incorporate its very own very low Earth orbit broadband constellation.

Halawi recently introduced designs to resign from Intelsat at the close of the year.