Skillsoft Corporation (“Skillsoft” or the “Company”), a global leader in corporate learning, today announced that it has entered into a Restructuring Support Agreement (“RSA”) with an overwhelming majority of its first and second lien lenders. The RSA is expected to result in a comprehensive de-levering of the Company’s balance sheet by reducing the Company’s existing first lien and second lien debt to $410 million from approximately $2.0 billion, with total debt (including working capital financing) aggregating $585 million, lowering the Company’s annual cash interest by approximately $100 million (the “Restructuring”).
As of the date of this release, holders representing approximately 81% in value of the Company’s first lien debt and 84% in value of the Company’s second lien debt have executed the RSA, indicating their commitment to support the Restructuring. The Restructuring is expected to provide the Company with significant additional liquidity and a right-sized pro-forma capital structure, while minimizing operational disruptions by ensuring all holders of general unsecured claims, including the Company’s vendors, suppliers, and other trade creditors, will be paid in full. Additionally, it is expected that no employees will be affected as a direct result of the Restructuring, ensuring that Skillsoft customers continue to be well-served.
The RSA provides, among other things, that:
- Holders of the Company’s first lien debt will receive their pro rata share of approximately $410 million in takeback first lien debt and 96% of the equity in the reorganized company;
- Holders of the Company’s second lien debt will receive their pro rata share of approximately 4% of the equity in the reorganized company, as well as warrants that will provide them with the opportunity to purchase up to 15% of the equity in the reorganized company at various price thresholds based on first lien debt holders achieving certain recovery levels; and
- Holders of general unsecured claims, including vendors, suppliers and other trade creditors, will receive payment in full in the ordinary course of business.
John Frederick, Skillsoft’s Chief Administrative Officer, said, “Today’s announcement marks an important step forward in significantly strengthening Skillsoft’s capital structure and positioning the Company for long-term success. This is an exciting time for digital learning, and Skillsoft provides best-in-class learning solutions to thousands of customers around the world, including 65 percent of companies in the Fortune 500. While our core business remains strong, with attractive profitability and cash flow characteristics, our debt levels are too high. We need to invest further and that requires our debt levels to come down to free up cash to further enhance our offerings. We look forward to benefitting from a stronger balance sheet and enhanced financial flexibility as we continue investing in new products, solutions and content to drive value for our customers and growth in the business. We appreciate the broad support of our lenders, who will become the new owners of the Company and recognize the inherent value in the Skillsoft brand. We also thank the entire Skillsoft team for their ongoing hard work and commitment to our company and our customers and are grateful to our vendors and business partners for their continued support.”
To efficiently implement the Restructuring, Skillsoft and certain of its affiliates have voluntarily filed “pre-packaged” Chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Company anticipates commencing ancillary proceedings in Canada under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) seeking recognition of the U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings in Canada. Skillsoft intends to move through this process as quickly and efficiently as possible and, pursuant to the terms of the RSA, anticipates emerging from Chapter 11 on an expedited basis.
Skillsoft is operating as normal and expects to continue operating in the normal course during and following the restructuring process, without material disruption to its vendors, partners, or employees. In conjunction with the court-supervised process, Skillsoft has received a commitment for $60 million in debtor-in-possession (“DIP”) financing from certain of its first lien lenders. Following court approval, this financing, together with cash generated from ongoing operations, is expected to provide ample liquidity to support the Company during the restructuring process.
Certain of the Company’s first lien lenders have also committed to provide the Company with additional liquidity upon exit from the restructuring process in the form of a $110 million exit facility, less any amounts outstanding under the DIP financing, which will be rolled into the exit facility upon emergence. The Company expects to have liquidity of approximately $50 million upon completion of the restructuring process, with leverage at approximately 3.5x net debt-to-LTM EBITDA.
The Company remains focused on providing customers with state-of-the-art corporate learning solutions, best-in-class performance support resources and Live events. The Company noted that there are no planned changes to Skillsoft’s leadership team or organizational structure as a result of the Restructuring.
Skillsoft has filed a number of customary first day motions with the court seeking approval to operate its business in the normal course during the court-supervised process, including the continued payment of employee wages and benefits without interruption. The Company expects to receive court approval for these requests.
Additional information regarding the Company’s court-supervised process is available on Skillsoft’s restructuring website, www.AdvancingSkillsoft.com. Court filings and other information related to the proceedings are available on a separate website administrated by the Company’s claims agent, KCC, at www.kccllc.net/skillsoft, or by calling KCC toll-free at 877-709-4752, or 424-236-7232 for calls originating outside of the U.S.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is serving as legal counsel to Skillsoft, Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. is serving as investment banker, and AlixPartners LLP is serving as financial advisor.
About Skillsoft and SumTotal
Skillsoft delivers online learning, training, and talent solutions to help organizations unleash their edge. Leveraging immersive, engaging content, Skillsoft enables organizations to unlock the potential in their best assets – their people – and build teams with the skills they need for success. Empowering 36 million learners and counting, Skillsoft democratizes learning through an intelligent learning experience and a customized, learner-centric approach to skills development with resources for Leadership Development, Business Skills, Technology & Development, Digital Transformation, and Compliance.
SumTotal provides a unified, comprehensive Learning and Talent Development suite that delivers measurable impact across the entire employee lifecycle. With SumTotal, organizations can build a culture of learning that is critical to growth, success, and business sustainability. SumTotal’s award-winning technology provides talent acquisition, onboarding, learning management, and talent management solutions across some of the most innovative, complex and highly regulated industries, including technology, airlines, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals.
Skillsoft and SumTotal are partners to thousands of leading global organizations, including many Fortune 500 companies. The company features three award-winning systems that support learning, performance and success: Skillsoft learning content, the Percipio intelligent learning experience platform, and the SumTotal suite for Talent Development, which offers measurable impact across the entire employee lifecycle. Learn more at www.skillsoft.com.
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