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Dan River on Comeback Trail

Manufacturer Sees Light at End of Dark Tunnel

Don Hogsett -- Home Textiles Today, November 8, 2004

Danville, Va. — Paving the way for an exit from bankruptcy as early as January — less than 10 months after retreating into Chapter 11 — Dan River Inc. said it has lined up exit financing from a consortium of lenders, and has scheduled a confirmation hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Jan. 4.

The Jan. 4 court hearing is the last step required for the company to emerge from bankruptcy. Dan River filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors on March 31.

"This is a significant milestone on the road to our emergence from Chapter 11 early next year," said Joseph Lanier Jr., chairman and CEO.

In a further cash infusion, Dan River said the bankruptcy court green-lighted the company to use cash collateral to fund its current and ongoing operations. Additionally, the court approved, on an interim basis, an additional new $10 million senior secured credit facility to be provided by some of Dan River's existing bondholders.

The new $10 million facility is in addition to the existing $110 million debtor-in-possession (DIP) revolving credit facility, and a $35 million DIP term loan already in place.

Dan River said it lined up the additional financing from current bondholders when it was unable to cut a deal with existing DIP lenders about non-financial debt covenants.

The company said the use of the cash collateral and the new $10 million credit facility "are expected to provide adequate funding for the company's operations through the conclusion of the Chapter 11 process."

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