KKR’s ATU Reaches Preliminary Agreement for Debt Restructuring

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- ATU Auto-Teile-Unger, the German car-repair chain owned by KKR & Co., said it agreed terms on a debt restructuring with its biggest lenders.

Centerbridge Partners LP, ATU’s largest creditor, will invest an extra 25 million euros ($35 million) as part of the deal, the Weiden, Germany-based company said in a statement on its website.

Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, another creditor, supported the restructuring, according to the statement. ATU has about 600 million euros of bonds coming due next year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“The agreement marks a key milestone on our way toward a significant reduction of our debt burden,” Hans-Norbert Topp, ATU’s chief executive officer, said in the statement.

ATU’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization totaled 61.9 million euros in the year to June 2013, compared with 103.4 million euros in the previous period, the company said on Aug. 8.

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