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(USA TODAY) -- Reader's Digest is banking on a second trip through bankruptcy court to shore up its fortunes.
RDA Holding, parent company of the Reader's Digest Association, filed Sunday for Chapter 11 reorganization and put in motion a restructuring plan with its creditors that would convert about $465 million in debt to equity. The company also has a commitment for $105 million in debtor-in-possession financing.
"After considering a wide range of alternatives, we believe this
course of action will most effectively enable us to maintain our
momentum in transforming the business," says CEO Robert Guth.
Like many print publishers, RDA has seen the fortunes of its largely print-based products -- including its flagship Reader's Digest -- founder as the shift to digital information hurt subscriptions and newsstand sales.
Last year, it sold its Allrecipes.com property to Des Moines-based magazine publisher Meredith Corp. for $175 million and its Weekly Reader to Scholastic for an undisclosed sum.
company, which says it still has more than "21 market-leading brands in
76 countries," first filed for bankruptcy protection in August 2009 and
emerged in February 2010. But its comeback has been hampered by
lingering debt and declines in Europe and Asia.
which has been around for more than 90 years, remains the world's
largest circulation magazine. It is the fifth most popular magazine in
the U.S. with a domestic circulation of about 5.5 million, according to
the Alliance for Audited Media, behind two AARP publications, Game Informer Magazine and Meredith's Better Homes and Gardens. And CEO Robert Guth says the company is gaining traction in digital media.
says this second bankruptcy filing "will enable us to continue to
define our business by focusing our resources on our strong North
America publishing brands, which have show a new vitality as a result of
our transformation efforts, particularly in the digital arena."
company will continue to publish its magazines during the restructuring
period and says it expects to conclude its reorganization within about
Weil, Gotshal & Manges is representing Reader's Digest in this bankruptcy proceeding.