ATD Corporation, along with nine affiliates and subsidiaries, has filed a petition for relief under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Lead Case No. 18-12221).  ATD, headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina, is the largest replacement tire distributor in North America, with 122 distribution centers across the United States and another 24 in Canada.  According to the First Day Declaration, ATD’s filing was precipitated by the recent decisions of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Bridgestone Americas, Inc. to cease using ATD as a distributor of their products and instead form a joint venture competing against ATD.  According to ATD’s press release, ATD enters chapter 11 having reached a restructuring support agreement with its bondholders, who have agreed to exchange over $1 billion in outstanding bonds for 95% of the equity in the reorganized ATD.  ATD is also seeking authority for a DIP facility from ATD’s prepetition ABL Lenders, which will provide up to $200 million in new money financing.  Kurtzman Carson Consultants is the proposed claims and noticing agent.  The cases have been assigned to the Honorable Kevin J. Carey.

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