Eastman Kodak is Dead

Sep 30, 2011
J. Webster
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Here’s another company that is dead in large part to the likes of Apple and the invention of the digital camera, who now want to buy their patents. Kodak’s stock is down over 60%, going from a $1.60 a share to 60 cents. As someone said, no more Kodak moments.

Eastman Kodak Co. (EK), the unprofitable 131-year-old camera maker, is weighing options including a bankruptcy filing because of concerns raised by possible bidders for its patent portfolio, said three people with direct knowledge of the process.

Some potential buyers of the patents are reluctant to proceed with bids because a purchase may amount to a so-called fraudulent transfer if Kodak becomes insolvent, said the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are private.

A number of suitors, such as Google Inc. (GOOG), have signed confidentiality agreements to examine the assets, said these people. If a sale were judged a fraudulent transfer, creditors could later sue for more money, said one of the people. A bankruptcy filing may help clear the way for the patent sale, said the people. The sale could fetch about $3 billion, according to estimates from MDB Capital Group.

Source: Bloomberg

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