A. M. Castle & Co. Announces Confirmation of Amended Prepackaged Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization
OAK BROOK, IL, August 3, 2017 - A. M. Castle & Co. (OTC Pink: CASLQ) (the “Company” or “Castle”), a global distributor of specialty metal and supply chain solutions, today announced that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has confirmed the Company’s Amended Prepackaged Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”), which it filed on July 25, 2017. Castle expects to emerge from bankruptcy court proceedings on August 31, 2017.
President and CEO Steve Scheinkman commented, “Our financial restructuring continues to proceed per the plan we announced on April 7. With the receipt yesterday of the bankruptcy court’s approval, we are on track to emerge from Chapter 11 by the end of August. We look forward to the prospect of working with our vendors and serving our customers, armed with one of the most manageable balance sheets in the metals service center industry. We thank them and our employees for their efforts, which have delivered us to this final step in our financial restructuring process.”
Scheinkman concluded, “Once we emerge, which we expect will be at the end of August, Castle will benefit, competitively and operationally, from a much cleaner balance sheet. We look forward to moving full-speed ahead, no longer impeded by an excessive debt-service burden, as we focus on achieving key revenue growth, operating efficiency and customer satisfaction metrics.”
About A. M. Castle & Co.
Founded in 1890, A. M. Castle & Co. is a global distributor of specialty metal and supply chain services, principally serving the producer durable equipment, commercial aircraft, heavy equipment, industrial goods, construction equipment, and retail sectors of the global economy. Its customer base includes many Fortune 500 companies as well as thousands of medium and smaller-sized firms spread across a variety of industries. It specializes in the distribution of alloy and stainless steels; nickel alloys; aluminum and carbon. Together, Castle and its affiliated companies operate out of 21 metals service centers located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Its common stock is traded on the OTC Pink Current Information® under the ticker symbol “CASLQ”.
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