Bankruptcy News

We've summarized the latest docket activity and news for publicly traded companies currently operating under U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection.

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Ahern Rentals Chapter 11 Petition Filed

Ahern Rentals filed for Chapter 11 protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Nevada, case number 11-53860. The Company, which offers aerial lifts, boom lifts, hydraulic scissors and more heavy construction equipment rentals, is represented by Thomas H. Fell of Gordon Silver. The Company also announced that it has reached an agreement with existing lenders for debtor-in-possession financing with approximately $50 million of availability. Ahern Rentals states that it filed for Chapter 11 protection because the Company was unable to extend the maturity of its revolving credit facility, which had a maturity date of August 21, 2011. Since the maturity, the bank has continued to fund the Company and negotiate the extension of the facility without the necessity of a bankruptcy filing. Ahern Rentals states, “While the Company’s financial performance continues to improve, it has been forced to seek bankruptcy protection to address the maturity of its Revolving Credit Facility, despite the fact that approximately 90% of the Company’s lenders would have consented to an extension.” Don Ahern, chief executive officer, comments, “We have been experiencing a significant improvement in our business, with a substantial increase in our utilization levels and improved margins.”

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