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Thursday, February 18, 2016

American Apparel Emerges & Values Wholesalers

On February 5, 2016 American Apparel, LLC (the "Company"), a manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of branded fashion-basic apparel, announced  that they have emerged from chapter 11 as a private company after successfully implementing its plan of reorganization, approved by the Delaware bankruptcy court on January 27, 2016.

The fashion industry understands that American Apparel is more than just clothing stores.  Before opening the stores, they began as manufacturers with an extensive list of wholesale accounts.  Today via a newsletter they have informed their wholesale clients regarding the benefits of their recent restructuring.

As mentioned above, American Apparel recently emerged from its financial restructuring process.  It is generally agreed that the completion of this process is positive news for the company.  With $230 million of debt removed from the balance sheet, drastically reduced interest expenses, and an injection of $80 million from their investors, they can now devote their attention to implementing their turnaround plan and possibly achieving operational excellence.

This means they can focus their energy on designing and manufacturing of clothing.

By mid-March you will see several exciting new additions to the organic and sublimation collections. Their demand planning process has been upgraded to ensure that these new styles, and their iconic classics, will be in stock and available for shipment to their wholesale customers.

Summary of American Apparel’s 2016 reorganization: 

American Apparel's reorganization plan converted approximately $230 million of bonds into equity in the Company and provided for the infusion into the Company of $40 million of exit capital and a commitment for a $40 million asset-backed loan. These sources of incremental liquidity will serve as vital support to the Company's turnaround plan, and interest expense will decrease by $20 million as compared to the period before the Company's chapter 11 case. Under the reorganization plan, the Company also converted its corporate form from a Delaware corporation to a Delaware limited liability company and, therefore, is now known as American Apparel, LLC.

If you are tired of hearing about the reorganization and prefer to shop for t-shirts & underwear, you are welcome to go shopping at the American Apparel website.

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