PORTLAND, ORE. — Alpha Media, as expected would occur within days of FCC approval, has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The company says it has done so “with a significantly improved capital structure.”
In addition to “substantially reducing its debt”, Alpha raised incremental capital to pursue growth opportunities — suggesting it is a buyer.
This would “further enhance its position as a leading mid-market broadcaster across 44 local markets in the United States.”
“This is an important achievement for Alpha Media as we strengthen our Company’s ability to grow,” said Alpha Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Proffitt. “Today Alpha Media begins its next chapter, with an improved financial foundation, new capital and enhanced competitive positioning. We have greater financial resources and flexibility, and we will continue to invest in new digital capabilities to better serve our advertisers and communities across our local markets.”
Proffitt continued, “I am so proud of all that our teams at each of our radio stations have accomplished during this period. Our unique culture continues to be key to Alpha Media’s success, and I thank the entire Alpha Media family for their dedication and hard work. We are thrilled to continue our mission to deliver dynamic, diverse and exciting content to our communities.”
As RBR+TVBR first reported July 13, Alpha Media’s plan has received all necessary court and regulatory, including FCC, approvals, and all customary conditions have been satisfied. “With its financial restructuring complete, Alpha Media is positioned to continue serving each of the communities in which it operates across the United States,” it says.
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP served as Alpha Media’s lead restructuring counsel, and Kutak Rock LLP served as Virginia counsel. Wiley Rein LLP served as the Company’s FCC counsel. EY Turnaround Management Services LLC and Moelis & Co. served as the Company’s financial advisors. Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP served as legal counsel to certain of the new equity holders and GLC Advisors & Co. served as financial advisor.