Bankruptcy or Receivership.
On November 1, 2016, Cosi, Inc. (the “Company”), a Delaware corporation, issued a press release announcing that, as previously reported on the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on October 28, 2016 (Commission File No. 001-36196), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts (Eastern Division) entered the Order Establishing the Bidding Procedures Relating to the Sale of All or a Portion of the Debtors Assets [Docket No. 280]. The Bidding Procedures set forth the process by which the Company and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Debtors”) are authorized to conduct an auction for the sale of all or substantially all of their assets under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.
The Bidding Procedures are for the purposes of seeking and evaluating offers for the assets, on the terms and provisions set forth in such Bidding Procedures, in addition to the bid contemplated by the proposed stalking horse bidder (“Stalking Horse Bidder”) affiliated with the Debtors’ debtor-in-possession lenders, as set forth in an asset purchase agreement dated as of October 18, 2016, among the Debtors and the Stalking Horse Bidder (the “Stalking Horse Agreement”), which remains subject to approval of the Bankruptcy Court. Bids must comply with each of the requirements set forth in the Bidding Procedures in order to be considered qualified bids. The Stalking Horse Bidder will be deemed a qualified bidder.
Qualified bids must be received on or before November 28, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and must provide that the Sale will be consummated on or prior to December 14, 2016. If the Debtors receive no qualified bids for the assets (other than the bid of the Stalking Horse Bidder), the Debtors will not conduct the auction and will designate the bid of the Stalking Horse Bidder as the successful bid. If the Debtors receive one or more qualified bids, other than the bid of the Stalking Horse Bidder, the Debtors will conduct the auction on November 30, 2016, in accordance with the Bidding Procedures until the Debtors have selected the successful bid.
At a hearing to consider approval of the sale of the assets to the successful bidder (or to approve the Stalking Horse Agreement, as applicable, if no auction is held), to be held on or before December 8, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, before the Honorable Melvin S. Hoffman, at the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Massachusetts, Room 2, John W. McCormack Post Office and Court House, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 1150, Boston, MA 02109-3945, the Debtors will present the successful bid to the Court for approval.
A copy of the Bidding Procedures is available on the Company’s website at www.getcosi.com, Investor Information, SEC Filings, Form 8-K dated October 28, 2016 (http://ir.getcosi.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=131610&p=IROL-secToc&TOC=aHR0cDovL2FwaS50ZW5rd2l6YXJkLmNvbS9vdXRsaW5lLnhtbD9yZXBvPXRlbmsmaXBhZ2U9MTEyMDA3NjImc3Vic2lkPTU3&ListAll=1).
Parties interested in the 363 sale process may contact Randy Kominsky, the Company’s Chief Restructuring Officer, at email@example.com.
A copy of the press release, dated November 1, 2016, is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.