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Kodak Reaches Improved Financing Deal Worth $830M

NEW YORK (AP) — Struggling photo pioneer Eastman Kodak Co. will get loans worth $830 million in a new financing package that replaces a $793 million deal.

The new package also has a longer maturity and lower fees. The offer comes from a committee of 10 institutional investors who all hold senior secured notes in Kodak.

The Rochester, N.Y., company says the funds will allow it to complete its reorganization and emerge from bankruptcy protection in the first half of next year.

The financing is subject to bankruptcy court approval and requires the company to complete the sale of its digital imaging patent portfolio for at least $500 million.

Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January after struggling to adapt to the world of digital photography.

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  • alpinequeen

    There used to be a constraining thrill in using a film camera. You had to buy the film, you had a specific number of shots, and you had to wait until they came back from the film processor to see the prints unless you had a darkroom. With digital cameras, you get to see the pictures right way and you can edit them in the camera or photo software. And now with so many cell phones with cameras, the act of taking photographs has become meaningless and diluted.