|[February 01, 2013]
Kodak Completes $527 Million Transaction Related to Digital Imaging Patents
ROCHESTER, N.Y. --(Business Wire)--
Eastman Kodak (News - Alert) Company has completed a transaction for the sale and
licensing of its digital imaging patents for net proceeds of $527
The transaction, which achieves one of Kodak's key restructuring
objectives, follows other recent major accomplishments that include
final Court approval last week for the company's interim and exit
financing. Kodak's monetization of IP assets further builds on its
momentum toward emergence in mid-2013.
A portion of the $527 million was paid by 12 intellectual property
licensees organized by Intellectual Ventures (News - Alert) and RPX Corporation.
Another portion was paid by Intellectual Ventures, which acquired a
substantial majority of the digital imaging patent portfolio subject to
these new licenses, as well as previously existing licenses.
"The licensing and sale of our digital imaging patents is another major
milestone toward successful emergence," Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer, said. "We are on track to emerge as a
profitable, sustainable company."
The completion of the sale enables Kodak to repay a substantial amount
of its initial DIP loan, satisfy a key condition for its newly approved
financing facility, and position its core Commercial Imaging business
for future growth and success.
Kodak retains significant competitive advantages and strong growth
prospects in its core Commercial Imaging businesses. In addition to
retaining rights to use the 1,100 digital imaging patents sold in the
transaction, Kodak maintains ownership of about 9,600 patents, including
many focused on its core business.
The transaction includes an agreement to settle current patent-related
litigation between the participants and Kodak, which avoids additional
litigation costs and helps to ensure that management and the company's
resources focus on enhancing core operations.
Kodak is transforming into a B2B company focused on its Commercial
Imaging business. Kodak will be centered on commercial, packaging and
functional printing solutions and enterprise services, markets in which
it offers customers advanced technologies that give them a competitive
edge. The company also offers leading products and services in
Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. Its Personalized Imaging and
Document Imaging businesses are being marketed forsale. For additional
information on Kodak, visit kodak.com.
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