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Surfer, Surfing and Skateboarding magazines' parent company declares bankruptcy

By Andrew Horan
April 28, 2009 6:15 AM

Source Interlink, the company that publishes Surfing, Surfer, Skateboarder, Snowboarder and five other action sports magazines and web sites, said today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Skateboarder's current coverThe company, which publishes a total of 75 magazines and 90 web sites, described the bankruptcy as a prepackaged filing.

In documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware yesterday, Source Interlink estimated that its assets range from $1 million to $10 million, but that its liabilities exceed $1 billion, and that it has 50,000 - 100,000 creditors - 18 of which joined in the voluntary bankruptcy.

It published a new page on its site today to describe how the prepackaged filing is expected to work out.

Some highlights from the site: Source Interlink says it will remain open for "business as usual" and that it can tap a $250 million revolving line of credit to maintain its operations.

But, "regretfully, all of the company's common stock will be cancelled," the site notes.The company said the bankruptcy will allow it to go private.

In a release, Source Interlink said vendors will be paid in full if they agree to keep current credit and payment terms. Lenders have agreed to cancel nearly $1 billion in debt and provide $100 million in additional liquidity.

Surfing magazine's June 09 CoverHere's the company's announcement:

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Source Interlink Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:SORC - News), one of the largest publishers of magazines and online content for enthusiast audiences and a leading distributor of DVD's, CD's, magazines, video games and books today announced it has reached a restructured agreement with its lenders to eliminate approximately $1 billion dollars of existing debt and privatize the company.

Under the agreement, the company's lenders will cancel nearly $1 billion of the company's existing debt and provide approximately $100 million in additional liquidity.

Source Interlink, in agreement with its lenders, will pay all of its vendors in full and on time if they agree to maintain current credit and payment terms.

To facilitate the restructuring, the Company filed a lender-approved pre-packaged Plan of Reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The Company anticipates it will emerge within 35 days.

Snowboarder's Feb 09 CoverSource Interlink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Mays said, "We couldn't be more pleased, this restructuring will materially reduce our interest expense and debt levels, substantially improve free cash flow and allow us to capitalize on several operational opportunities to further improve and grow our business."

"Current management will remain in place, daily operations will continue as usual, and our employees will continue to do what they do best---provide exceptional service to our customers. Importantly, all of our vendors will be paid in full for both pre-petition and on going charges according to our terms of trade. It's business as usual at Source Interlink" Mays added.

Source's business partners support the restructuring as well. Bob Castardi, President of Curtis Circulation Company said, "The Curtis Circulation Company is very encouraged about being a valued trading partner. Source Interlink Companies' reorganization will reduce any concerns going forward as to their financial stability. We at Curtis embrace the fact Source got out in front of this!"

Michael Sullivan, CEO of CMG, a national distributor of Source stated, "When Source presented their reorganization plan in detail we were very relieved to understand the huge debt write off. This will allow CMG to move forward with new initiatives knowing that Source Interlink Companies will be in a very favorable financial position."

As a result of this agreement, Source Interlink has cancelled its investor call previously scheduled for May 1, 2009.

Source Interlink Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SORC - News), a media and marketing services company, is a leading U.S. distributor of home entertainment products and services and one of the largest publishers of magazines and online content for enthusiast audiences. Source Interlink Media, LLC publishes more than 75 magazines and 90 related Web sites. Source Interlink Distribution (SID) services tens of thousands of retail store locations throughout North America distributing DVDs, music CDs, magazines, video games, books, and related items. In addition to distributing more than 6,000 distinct magazine titles annually, the Company maintains the largest in-stock catalog of CDs and DVDs in the US -- a combined total of more than 260,000 titles. Supply chain relationships include consumer goods advertisers, subscribers, movie studios, record labels, magazine, book, and newspaper publishers, confectionary companies and manufacturers of general merchandise.

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