New Chapter 22 Filing - SEGA Biofuels LLC

SEGA Biofuels LLC

3/11/18

SEGA Biofuels LLC, an industrial wood pellet manufacturer and distributor with a Georgia-based facility filed for bankruptcy to pursue a sale. This is the second bankruptcy in the last 5 years. In this instance, the debtor has been sitting on an idled plant since 2016, having marketed the asset on two separate occasions to no avail. In fact, the bankruptcies of other wood pellet manufacturers in Louisiana and Texas during the company's marketing process didn't help with the marketing. (Notably, Rentech Inc., another wood pellet manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy in December). 

Now, though, the company proposes to sell to Global Infrastructure Partners, an affiliate of the company's pre-petition secured lender and (now) DIP lender, GIP Genesis LLC, for the equivalent of a few dollars and some spitwads. Or, said another way, $4.2mm in the form of a combined credit bid + cash offer, cure amounts and some assumed liabilities. 

Really the only reason why we're even covering this filing is because it reflects the continued decimation of the wood pellet space. 

  • Jurisdiction: S.D. of Georgia
  • Capital Structure: $9.658 mm in 4 term loans (Heritage Bank), $26.6mm debt (GIP Genesis LLC)  
  • Company Professionals:
    • Legal: Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole LLP (William Chipman Jr., Mark Olivere) & (local) Seyfarth Shaw LLP (John Mills III)
    • Financial Advisor/CRO: CRS Capstone Partners LLC (James Calandra)
    • Claims Agent: Garden City Group LLC (*click on company name above for free docket access)
    • Other Parties in Interest:
      • Buyer: Global Infrastructure Partners
        • Legal: Greenberg Traurig LLP (Matthew Hinker)

New Chapter 11 Filing - TerraVia Holdings Inc.

TerraVia Holdings Inc.

  • 8/1/17 Recap: TerraVia, a publicly-traded (Nasdaq: $TVIA) "next-generation" algae-based food company based out of San Francisco filed for bankruptcy. The company has a stalking horse bidder lined up to buy it for $20mm plus certain assumed liabilities and seeks to jam this case through bankruptcy in about 6 weeks lest it run out liquidity in the process (even with a proposed $10mm DIP); it claims that more time is unnecessary given that it ran a robust marketing process pre-filing that included outreach to over 100 parties. We'll let the company economics do the rest of the talking (see below).
  • Jurisdiction: (Judge Sontchi)
  • Capital Structure: $144.2mm 5% '19 convertible senior subordinated notes (GLAS Trust Company LLC) & $33.475mm 6% '18 convertible senior subordinated notes (Wilmington Trust)   
  • Company Professionals:
    • Legal: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (Damian Schaible, Steven Szanzer, Adam Shpeen, Benjamin Kaminetzky) & (local) Richards Layton & Finger P.A. (Mark Collins, Amanda Steele)
    • Financial Advisor: 
    • Investment Banker: Rothschild & Co. (Tero Janne)
    • Claims Agent: KCC (*click on company name above for free docket access)
  • Other Parties in Interest:
    • DIP Agent: Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB & Ad Hoc Consortium of Holders of Convertible Senior Subordinated Debt (Gilead Capital LP, Higher Ground SICAV PLC Core Wealth Fund, Lazard Asset Management LLC, Passport Capital LLC, Wolverine Asset Management LLC, Zazove Associates LLC)
      • Legal: Brown Rudnick LLP (Robert Stark, Steven Levine, Brian Rice, Kellie Fisher) & (local) Ashby & Geddes P.A. (William Bowden, Gregory Taylor, Katharina Earle)
      • Financial Advisor: GLC Advisors & Co. LLC
    • Passport Capital
      • Legal: Shearman & Sterling LLP (Joel Moss) & (local) Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Patrick Jackson)
    • 6% Notes Successor Trustee: Wilmington Trust NA
      • Legal: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP (Craig Barbarosh, Karen Dine, Jerry Hall) & (local) Morris James LLP (Eric Monzo)
    • JV Partner: Bunge Global Innovation LLC
      • Legal: Jones Day (Joshua Morse)
    • Silicon Valley Bank
      • Legal: Troutman Sanders LLP (Harris Winsberg, Stephen Roach) & (local) Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole LLP (William Chipman Jr., Mark Olivere)
    • Corbion NV
      • Legal: Baker & McKenzie LLP (Debra Dandeneau, Frank Grese) & (local) Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLC (L. Katherine Good, Aaron Stulman)

Updated 8/26/17

First Day Declaration.

First Day Declaration.

New Chapter 11 Filing - FirstRain Inc.

FirstRain, Inc.

  • 6/5/17 Recap: California-based enterprise SaaS company that services Fortune 1000 companies with its software and analytics-driven apps to discover/read/discern/summarize useful insights about other companies/markets filed a prepackaged bankruptcy. The plan contemplates $7.5mm of total consideration including a $4mm DIP credit facility and the plan is to pay the DIP Lender in full, general unsecureds in full and provide the prepetition lender a partial recovery. ESW Capital LLC will own the company on the backend of the restructuring.
  • Jurisdiction: D. of Delaware (Judge Silverstein)
  • Capital Structure: $5.5mm secured debt (Pacific Western Bank as successor to Square 1 Bank)    
  • Company Professionals:
    • Legal: The Rosner Law Group LLC (Frederick Rosner, Scott James Leonhardt)
    • Investment Banker: Atlas Technology Group LLC
    • Claims Agent: JND Legal Administration (*click on company name above for free docket access)
  • Other Parties in Interest:
    • DIP Lender: ESW Capital LLC
      • Legal: Haynes and Boone LLP (Trevor Hoffman, Arsalan Muhammad) & (local) Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP (Derek Abbott, Matthew Talmo)
    • Prepetition Lender: Pacific Western Bank
      • Legal: Levy Small & Lallas (Leo Plotkin) & (local) Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole LLP (William Chipman Jr.) 

Updated 7/18/17