American Airlines Obtains Revised Stock And Claims Order For Trading Requirements
FORT WORTH, Texas, April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., announced that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York entered an order revising an earlier order entered on Jan. 27, 2012, that imposed certain restrictions and procedures (together, the "Original Procedures") with respect to the trading and accumulation of AMR Common Stock and unsecured claims against AMR and certain of its subsidiaries, including American Airlines, Inc. and AMR Eagle Holding Corporation (collectively, the "Debtors"). The order was intended to prevent, or otherwise institute procedures and notification requirements with respect to, certain transfers of AMR Common Stock and unsecured claims against the Debtors that could impair the ability of the Debtors to use their net operating loss carryovers and certain other tax attributes on a reorganized basis. However, the Original Procedures did not envision the proposed merger between AMR and US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways) and, if implemented to take into account the proposed merger or an equivalent transaction, might have unduly restricted the amount of claims that may be accumulated and retained by certain holders. Accordingly, on Feb. 22, 2013, the Debtors filed a motion with the Bankruptcy Court to revise the Original Procedures (as so revised, the "Revised Procedures").
On April 11, 2013, the Bankruptcy Court entered an order (the "Revised Order") approving the Revised Procedures.
With respect to holders of unsecured claims against the Debtors, the Revised Procedures establish a process in which holders of unsecured claims in excess of a threshold amount may be required to file one or more Notices of Substantial Claim Ownership, and, under certain circumstances, may be required to sell all or a portion of any unsecured claims acquired during the Debtors' chapter 11 cases. The Revised Procedures potentially apply to any person that beneficially owns either (1) more than $190 million of claims against the Debtors or (2) a lower amount of claims which, when added to certain specified interests,including stock, in AMR or US Airways, would result in such holder holding the "Applicable Percentage," generally 4.5 percent, of the reorganized Debtors. In connection with the filing of a Notice of Substantial Claim Ownership, a holder must indicate if it will agree to refrain from acquiring additional AMR and US Airways common stock and such other specified interests until after the effective date of the Debtors' chapter 11 plan, and to dispose of any such interests acquired since Feb. 22, 2013. This can affect the manner in which the Revised Procedures apply to certain holders.
The Revised Procedures did not alter the procedures applicable with respect to "Substantial Equityholders," namely persons who are, or as a result of a transaction would become, the beneficial owner of approximately 4.5 percent of the outstanding shares of AMR Common Stock.
Any acquisition, disposition, or other transfer of equity or claims in violation of the restrictions set forth in the Revised Order shall be null and void ab initio and/or subject to sanctions as an act in violation of the automatic stay under sections 105(a) and 362 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. A copy of the notice of the Revised Order, which includes the applicable notification requirements and restrictions, is available on the website of the Debtors' claims agent: http://www.amrcaseinfo.com/restrictions.php
About American Airlines
American Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across the globe, serving more than 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories. American's fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. With more than 500 new planes scheduled to join the fleet, including continued deliveries of the Boeing 737 family of aircraft and new additions such as the Boeing 777-300ER and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, American is building toward the youngest and most modern fleet among major U.S. carriers. American's website, aa.com®, provides customers with easy access to check and book fares, and personalized news, information and travel offers. American's AAdvantage® program, one of the most popular frequent flyer programs in the world, lets members redeem miles for flights to almost 950 destinations worldwide, as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. The airline also offers nearly 40 Admirals Club® locations worldwide providing comfort, convenience, and an environment with a full range of services making it easy for customers to stay productive without interruption. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest airlines in the world, including global brands like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, LAN and Qantas. Together, its members serve more than 840 destinations served by some 9,000 daily flights to nearly 160 countries and territories. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements." These statements are based on AMR management's current expectations and assumptions, and as such involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those that the company now anticipates — both in connection with the Chapter 11 filings and AMR's business and financial prospects. Statements of management's expectations, including its desire to successfully restructure in order to return the company to long term viability and financial strength, to compete effectively in the marketplace, to cut costs and to restore profitability, are based on current assumptions and expectations. No assurance can be made that these events will come to fruition. Readers are referred to the documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which further identify the important risk factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this release. Those risks include, without limitation, the potential impact of volatile and rising fuel prices. The company disclaims any obligation to update any forward looking statements.
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