- Atento receives backstop commitments for an additional $76 million in exit financing.
- This additional funding commitment comes on top of the $37 million funding already received by Atento, bringing the total additional funding to be received in connection with its Restructuring to $113 million.
- The exit financing, combined with the extinguishment of $663 million of liabilities pursuant to the Company’s restructuring, will provide Atento with additional liquidity for future investment in the business.
New York, 3 October 2023 – Atento S.A. (“Atento” or the “Company”), one of the world’s largest customer relationship management and business process outsourcing (CRM / BPO) service providers and an industry leader in Latin America, announces a significant milestone in the implementation of its financial restructuring. The Company has successfully secured backstop commitments for 100% of the $76 million in exit financing required to execute its strategic turnaround conditional on the successful implementation of Atento’s Restructuring Plan. This marks a pivotal moment in the Company’s journey towards a stronger and more resilient future.
The Restructuring Plan, and agreements reached between Atento and its creditors in connection with the Restructuring, will allow Atento to right-size its balance sheet and will provide for the extinguishment of $663 million of Atento’s liabilities and for the $76 million in exit financing. If sanctioned by the English court, this combination of a reduction in the Company’s debt and the $76 million exit financing will significantly strengthen the Company’s financial position and ensure a stable platform for future growth.
As a result of these significant milestones, the hearing to convene meetings of Atento’s financial creditors in connection with the Restructuring Plan will be heard before the High Court of Justice of England and Wales on October 20, 2023. Atento embarked on this comprehensive restructuring plan with a clear vision to enhance its competitive edge, streamline operations and foster sustainable growth. Today’s announcement signifies a substantial step forward in this transformational process.
Atento is one of the world’s largest provider of customer relationship management and business process outsourcing (“CRM, BPO”) services in Latin America and one of the world’s leading providers. Atento is also a leading provider of nearshoring CRM BPO services for companies operating in the United States. Since 1999, the Company has developed its business model in 17 countries, where it employs approximately 135,000 people. Atento has more than 400 clients to whom it offers a wide range of CRM BPO services through multiple channels. Atento’s clients are mainly leading multinational companies in sectors such as telecommunications, banking and financial services, health, retail and public administration, among others. In 2019, Atento was chosen one of the 25 best multinational companies in the world and one of the best multinationals to work for in Latin America by Great Place to Work®. In addition, in 2021, Everest named Atento as a “star artist.” Gartner has named the company for two consecutive years as a leader in its Magic Quadrant beginning in 2021. For more information, visit www.atento.com
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Foward Looking Statements
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