WILMINGTON, Delaware -- August 29, 1995 -- href="chap11.columbia.html">The Columbia Gas
System, Inc. (NYSE: CG) announced today that its Chapter 11
reorganization plan and disclosure statement and ballots for voting
to accept or reject the plan are being mailed to its creditors and
equity security holders. Creditors of Columbia Gas Transmission
Corp., its principal pipeline subsidiary, are being mailed copies of
that company's reorganization plan, disclosure statement and voting
Recipients have until October 13 to return their ballots. The
Bankruptcy Court has scheduled confirmation hearings on both plans
to begin November 13.
Creditors and equity holders of the Parent Company will also
receive a copy of the order issued by the Securities and Exchange
Commission under the Public Utility Holding Company Act approving
the financing and restructuring of the Corporation's plan and the
Corporation's participation in Columbia Transmission's plan.
Columbia System Chairman and CEO Oliver G. Richard III said he
is optimistic that the required majorities of creditors of each plan
and the Parent Company's investors will vote to accept the plans
because "they will recognize that the plans offer sound business
solutions to the many complex issues that have been raised by
various parties in the proceedings. Favorable votes will enable
both companies to emerge from Chapter 11 before the end of the
Richard pointed out that Columbia Transmission's plan is
supported by its official bankruptcy committees and that the Parent
Company's plan is endorsed by the official committee representing
equity security holders in the bankruptcy proceedings. He said that
the Parent Company's Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors have
a few remaining areas of disagreement with the Parent plan, which
they have indicated do not affect the Committee's basic support for
The Parent Company's reorganization plan proposes a total
distribution of approximately $3.6 billion to its creditors, which
includes $2.3 billion in payment of the Corporation's pre-petition
debt and $1.1 billion of interest on the debt. Columbia
Transmission's plan, which is supported financially by the Parent
Company, proposes a total distribution of approximately $3.9
billion, including approximately $2.2 billion that would be paid to
the Parent Company to resolve its secured and unsecured debt.
The two companies have been operating as debtors-in-possession
under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code since July 31, 1991.
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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- August 29, 1995 -- href="chap11.pharmor.html">Phar-Mor, Inc.
announced today that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of
Ohio has confirmed the Company's Plan of Reorganization. The Plan
was filed under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on May 25,
Following the effective date, which is anticipated to occur in
approximately 10 days, Phar-Mor will be a publicly traded company.
The Company said it has applied to be listed on Nasdaq.
As part of the Reorganization Plan, an investment group led by
Robert Haft will acquire a significant portion of the reorganized
Company's equity. The remaining equity initially will be owned by
Phar- Mor's Senior Secured Lenders and its unsecured creditors.
"Phar-Mor's turnaround is complete with the confirmation of this
reorganization plan," said Phar-Mor Chief Executive Officer Tony
Alvarez. "This Company - which three years ago was wracked by
fraud, red ink and low morale - is once again a leader in the deep
discount drugstore business. Every one of our 102 stores is
profitable, and we are positioned for further expansion through
internal growth and by acquisitions. I am very gratified by what
all of us at Phar-Mor have achieved since 1992, when the fraud was
uncovered. I am also very pleased with the quality and energy of
the management team that will lead Phar-Mor."
Under the Plan of Reorganization, Phar-Mor's senior secured
lenders will receive: (i) approximately $102.5 million in cash; (ii)
approximately $92.7 million in principal amount of new senior notes
payable in seven years and bearing interest at a rate 5.25 percent
above seven-year Treasury notes; (iii) 8.5 million shares of the
Reorganized Company's new common stock, of which 2.5 million will be
sold to the Haft Group at a price of $8.00 per share, for a total of
$20 million; plus, (iv) interests in potential proceeds from
litigation Phar-Mor has asserted against various third parties,
including its previous auditor, Coopers & Lybrand.
The Company's unsecured creditors will receive: (i) 1.5 million
shares of the Reorganized Company's new common stock; (ii) interests
in the potential proceeds from the litigation described above; and
(iii) warrants to purchase 1.25 million shares of the Reorganized
Company's new common stock at an exercise price of $13.50 per share.
In addition, vendors with reclamation claims for goods shipped to
the Company immediately prior the bankruptcy filing have received
approximately $24 million in cash.
Other secured lenders, who provided the financing for certain
furniture, fixtures and equipment used by Phar-Mor, will receive
notes payable over eight years, bearing interest at 7%.
Current shareholders will receive no equity, but will begin to
participate in the potential proceeds from the litigation described
above after $200 million of such proceeds are paid to the Company's
In addition to the shares it purchases directly from the senior
secured lenders, the Haft Group will also acquire 1.25 million
shares of new common stock directly from the Company at a price of
$8.00 per share, for a total of $10 million. After these purchases
and acquisition shares, the Haft Group will own approximately 30.8%
of the newly organized Company, the senior secured lenders 49.5% and
the unsecured creditors 12.3%.
Under the plan, Robert Haft will become Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer. David Schwartz, currently President and Chief
Operating Officer, will remain in those positions. The Company will
have a seven- member Board of Directors, of whom four will be
appointed by the Haft Group, two by the secured creditors and one by
the unsecured creditors.
Phar-Mor, headquartered in Youngstown, is a deep-discount retail
chain with 102 stores in 19 states. On Aug. 17, 1992, Phar-Mor
filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
/CONTACT: Gary Holmes, for Phar-Mor, 212-484-7736/
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado -- August 29, 1995 -- href="chap11.klh.html">KLH
Engineering Group Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board trading symbol KLHE)
announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Tomahawk
Construction Co. emerged from bankruptcy protection yesterday after
operating for less than a year under Chapter 11.
According to Delmar Janovec, chairman and president of KLH, now
that Tomahawk is out of bankruptcy, KLH and its management can
devote their time and resources to building a stronger company:
"This enables us to concentrate our time and efforts on making KLH
one of the premier design-build engineering and construction firm in
America, a goal we have always had."
KLH is a full-service engineering consulting and construction
firm headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and has eight offices in
Colorado, Kansas and California. Tomahawk, based in Kansas City,
Kan., is the company's main construction arm.
CONTACT: KLH Engineering Group Inc., Englewood;
Mike Cederstrom, 913/621-4233