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Iridium Gets Interim Financing

March 07, 2000|Reuters

Iridium will secure $3 million from its lenders, giving the satellite phone operator, on the brink of liquidation, 11 more days to keep its network operating and push ahead with its desperate search for another backer, a New York bankruptcy court has ruled. The court approved the interim financing plan proposed by Iridium, which expires March 17, and set a deadline of March 15 for the company to find new backers or a purchaser to rescue it from the bankruptcy proceedings it has been mired in since August 1999. Last Friday, the prospect of a final liquidation of Iridium, which once promised to provide wireless communications anywhere in the world, drew nearer when cellular communications pioneer Craig McCaw and his Eagle River investment group begged off a plan to buy Iridium. Iridium said Eagle River told the company the pullout was not a bargaining tactic, as some analysts had speculated. "We're asking for a very small amount of money for the hope--and that's all it is--the hope that we can find another purchaser," Iridium attorney William Perlstein told the court.

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