School Specialty, Inc.

Case Solution

Stuart C. Gilson, Kristin Mugford
Harvard Business School ()

In 2013, School Specialty was a provider of financially distressed educational products to elementary and middle schools in the United States. The company planned to file Chapter 11 to deal with its excessive debt burden, but had to organize debt financing to provide liquidity during bankruptcy. The company received a financing proposal from its existing lender that contains some aggressive and unusual features. This includes the requirement that immediately after filing Chapter 11, School Specialty agree to sell its assets under Section 363 of the US Bankruptcy Law. The business must decide whether to accept this proposal and what other options are available. available.

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