By Dow Jones Business News,
January 17, 2014, 06:30:00 AM EDT
By Peg Brickley
Printed electronics developer Plextronics Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, with plans to put
itself up for auction with an opening offer from Solvay SA (SOLB.BT), an existing backer.
Solvay, a Brussels-based chemical company, is offering $32.6 million for Plextronics, which was spun out about a dozen
years ago from Carnegie Mellon University. Some $24 million of the purchase price will be in the form of a credit-bid,
or offer to extinguish existing debt Plextronics owes Solvay, and the rest, about $8.5 million, will be in cash, court
Plextronics has been developing materials for printed electronic devices, flat-panel screen displays and energy
storage systems. It has never made money, but has drawn on funding from Solvay, Samsung Electronics Co. (SSNHZ,
0059320.SE) and Universal Display Corp. ( OLED ) along with private-equity funds, including one connected to Applied
Materials Inc. ( AMAT ).
Papers filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., say Plextronics's assets at the end of 2013 were valued
at $3 million on the books, against $33 million in debt.
Efforts to find a buyer or investor haven't panned out, but Solvay is funding a continued effort to attract
competitive bids by a proposed Feb. 28 bid deadline, court papers say.
Solvay is an insider, owning 47% voting control of the Pittsburgh company, but relinquished its representation on the
board of directors in order to negotiate the buyout, according to court papers.
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