California Coastal Communities Files Consensual Plan of Reorganization to Exit from Bankruptcy

- Hearing on Disclosure Statement and Final Hearing on DIP Financing Scheduled for January 12, 2011

Dec 21, 2010, 08:30 ET from California Coastal Communities, Inc.

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- California Coastal Communities, Inc. (OTCQB: CALCQ) announced that yesterday the Company filed a plan of reorganization (the "Plan") with respect to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases (the "Chapter 11 Cases") that is supported by a majority of its senior lenders comprising 81% of the senior revolving loan and 88% of the senior term loan (the "Lenders").

The Company has negotiated a previously announced plan support agreement with the Lenders that will enable the Company to proceed with the Plan, which includes a deleveraging of the Company by converting $56 million of the senior term loan into equity and provides no recovery for current equity holders. The Plan will be subject to approval by the Bankruptcy Court following solicitation of votes from creditors, and there can be no assurance that Bankruptcy Court approval will be obtained.

On December 16, 2010, the Bankruptcy Court granted interim approval of a debtor-in-possession term loan agreement (the "DIP Credit Agreement"), pursuant to which certain of the existing Lenders will lend $5.0 million upon closing of the DIP Credit Agreement this week and an additional $10.0 million upon final approval of the DIP Credit Agreement by the Bankruptcy Court.  The Bankruptcy Court has scheduled a final hearing on the DIP Credit Agreement, along with a hearing on the Company's Disclosure Statement, for January 12, 2011.  

Chief Executive Officer Raymond J. Pacini commented, "With the cloud of bankruptcy being removed, we are well-positioned to provide unique coastal homes to those seeking a home in Huntington Beach. We are pleased to have the support of our lenders, and the new financing will allow us to begin building new homes in early 2011."

The Company is hopeful that it will obtain Bankruptcy Court approval of its Plan by February 28, 2011 and emerge from bankruptcy shortly thereafter; however, there can be no assurance that the Company will meet this date.  The Chapter 11 Cases are being jointly administered in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.  

The Company is a residential land development and homebuilding company operating in Southern California.  The Company's principal subsidiaries are Hearthside Homes which is a homebuilding company, and Signal Landmark which owns 110 acres on the Bolsa Chica mesa where sales commenced in August 2007 at the 356-home Brightwater community.  Hearthside Homes has delivered over 2,300 homes to families throughout Southern California since its formation in 1994.

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