Emerges with Strengthened Balance Sheet and Enhanced Financial Flexibility
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 31, 2013) – Rural/Metro Corporation, a national provider of private ambulance and fire protection services in 21 states and nearly 700 communities, today announced its emergence from Chapter 11 as a reorganized company.
“Today marks the successful completion of our financial restructuring and the start of a new chapter for our Company,” said Scott A. Bartos, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rural/Metro. “As a stronger and more competitive company, we will continue to invest in infrastructure and technology and advance our commitment to providing state-of-the-art medical transportation and fire services. Importantly, I want to thank all Rural/Metro employees, whose tireless efforts have been instrumental to our successful restructuring. I am excited to begin 2014 as the new and improved Rural/Metro.”
As previously announced, Rural/Metro’s Plan of Reorganization was confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on December 17, 2013. Rural/Metro has met all closing conditions of its Plan of Reorganization. Through its financial restructuring, Rural/Metro has reduced its financial indebtedness by approximately 50 percent. In addition, Rural/Metro’s bondholders will provide the Company with a new equity capital infusion of $135 million to help position the Company for renewed growth.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP are serving as legal counsel, Lazard Frères & Co. L.L.C. is serving as investment banker, and Alvarez & Marsal and FTI Consulting, Inc. are serving as financial advisors to Rural/Metro.