Judge OKs WPS Auction Process
April 25, 2005,
New York — Textiles giant WestPoint Stevens cleared a final hurdle and headed toward the finish line after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge last week approved a set of bidding procedures that will lead to the sale of the company in just nine weeks, and its exit from a protracted bankruptcy some time in August.
The date for the auction remains in place for June 21, with WestPoint deciding shortly after who has won the company — Icahn, Ross or a dark horse candidate yet to emerge. Judge Drain commented during the hearing, "There is a distinct possibility that a third party might come in."
A hearing in Drain's court is set for three days later, June 24, to confirm the auction process and the winner. Weeks later, some time in August, the company is expected to emerge from Chapter 11, virtually free of debt and poised to compete aggressively as a low-cost U.S. producer in a rapidly shifting global arena.