California Coastal Communities Seeks Court Approval of Plan Support Agreement With Lenders for Consensual Exit From Bankruptcy

- Holders of Common Stock to Receive No Recovery

- Lenders to Provide $15.0 million of DIP Financing

- Remains Subject to Solicitation of Creditors and Plan Confirmation

Dec 07, 2010, 17:58 ET from California Coastal Communities, Inc.

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- California Coastal Communities, Inc. (OTCQB: CALCQ) announced today that the Company has filed a motion for authority to enter into a plan support agreement with a majority of its senior lenders comprising 81 % of the senior revolving loan and 88 % of the senior term loan (the "Lenders") that will enable the Company to proceed with a consensual plan of reorganization (the "Plan") with respect to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases (the "Chapter 11 Cases"). The Chapter 11 Cases are being jointly administered in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (the "Bankruptcy Court").  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.

In order to enhance the Company's liquidity and working capital, certain of the Lenders have also agreed to provide a  debtor-in-possession term loan agreement (the "DIP Credit  Agreement"), pursuant to which they will lend $5.0 million upon the Bankruptcy Court's interim approval of the DIP Credit Agreement and $10.0 million upon final approval by the Bankruptcy Court.  

Under the proposed Plan, (a) Lenders under the DIP Credit Agreement will have an option to be converted into a first lien position in the principal amount of $15.0 million with an expected maturity date of March 1, 2013 and will be paid interest at an annual rate of Libor + 750 basis points with a Libor floor of 250 basis points (resulting in a current rate of 10.0%); (b) the $81.7 million existing senior revolving loan will be converted into a new second lien position loan, with an expected maturity date of March 1, 2016 and  will be paid interest at the same rate as the DIP Credit Agreement; (c) the existing $99.8 million senior term loan holders will receive a pro rata share of  (i) a new third lien position loan in the principal amount of $44.0 million, with an expected maturity date of March 1, 2017 without any amortization required until the first and second lien loans are fully repaid and bearing interest at an annual fixed rate of 15%, with all of such interest accruing and being added to the principal balance until the first and second lien loans are fully repaid, and (ii) 100% of the equity in the reorganized Company.  General unsecured creditors are expected to share on a pro rata basis, based on the face amount of allowed claims, in a $2 to 3 million trust for general unsecured claims. Under the Plan, there will be no recovery by the holders of the Company's outstanding common stock.

Chief Executive Officer Raymond J. Pacini commented, "After a careful and thorough analysis, we determined that the agreement announced today provides the most certain path for exiting bankruptcy. Given continued concerns over the strength and sustainability of economic growth and its impact on the housing market, we believe that de-leveraging the Company upon exiting bankruptcy will best position the Company to navigate the uncertain recovery in our housing market. With the cloud of bankruptcy being removed, we are well-positioned to provide unique coastal homes to those seeking a home in Huntington Beach."

Pacini further commented, "We are pleased to have the support of our lenders in helping us exit bankruptcy, which has no doubt slowed our Brightwater sales. Their willingness to provide the DIP financing and assume equity ownership is an important vote of confidence and evidences our shared belief in the ability to successfully complete our Brightwater development."

The Company is hopeful that by February 28, 2011 it could exit the bankruptcy that was commenced by the Company and certain of its direct and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries on October 27, 2009, which is being jointly administered under the caption In re California Coastal Communities, Inc., Case No. 09-21712-TA; however, there can be no assurance in that regard.  

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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SOURCE California Coastal Communities, Inc.