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No Surprise... ICON Files for Reorganization Under Chapter 11

Bankruptcy Protection Sought for Troubled A5 Amphib Maker

Perrenially troubled ICON Aircraft has filed for Chapter 11 protection. This strategic restructuring process is reportedly aimed at addressing the company's financial challenges while continuing to support customers and operations. The management team remains committed to the company's mission... whatever that may actually be at this point. 

The Chapter 11 filing will potentially allow the company to reorganize its debts while maintaining its somewhat controversial operations. It provides an opportunity for companies like ICON Aircraft to 'reset.' During this process, ICON plans to continue producing and selling their high-priced A5 aircraft, as well as providing service, training, and support to its customers. The company also intends to find a buyer and pursue a sale of its business under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. 

Jerry Meyer, CEO of ICON Aircraft, has emphasized the company's committment to its stakeholders, stating that the Chapter 11 filing aims to position the A5 for long-term success. ICON Aircraft plans to keep operations running smoothly throughout the restructuring process to minimize disruption. The company has arranged for debtor in possession financing to fund post-petition operations and costs.

ICON Aircraft is represented by Sidley Austin LLP as its legal counsel, Armanino LLP as its financial advisor, and SSG Capital Advisors, LLC as its restructuring investment banker. The company expects to continue operations during the Chapter 11 process and seeks to complete an expedited sale process with Bankruptcy Court approval.

But whoever that might be has to contend with the company's troubled past and tarnished rep.

ANN has reported on a number of problems and inconsistencies with the company and its aircraft over a number of years... when the company first emerged to much fanfare, but thereafter created a great deal of disappointment with bizarre legal/contract strategies, broken deadlines, problems with truthful dialogue, excessive price increases and an accident record that made a lot of news at various times in the aircraft's genesis. More info to come... 



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