DALLAS, April 3 // PRNewswire-FirstCall // -- Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI, BBI.B), a leading global provider of media entertainment, today announced the company, JPMorgan and a group of lenders, led by Monarch Alternative Capital LP and Silver Point Capital, L.P., have completed the amendment of the company's revolving and term loan facility. The amendment includes commitments from lenders for a $250 million revolving loan refinancing with a maturity date on September 30, 2010, which commitments the Company expects to fund in May upon satisfying the conditions set forth in the amendment.
"The completion of the amendment is an important milestone for Blockbuster," stated Jim Keyes, Blockbuster Chairman and CEO. "We believe the amount that will be available under this extended facility, combined with our cash flow from operations and our cost saving initiatives, will provide the company with adequate liquidity to manage through the challenging macro economic environment and constrained capital markets. We would like to thank JPMorgan for their hard work and ongoing efforts. We would also like to express our appreciation to Monarch and Silver Point and our other lenders. We believe the tremendous support received from our lenders serves as an endorsement of Blockbuster and the company's transformation into a multi-channel provider of media entertainment."
Additionally, the lenders have agreed to waive any default arising from a 'going concern' qualification for the fiscal year 2008 as part of the terms of the credit facility.
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Blockbuster Inc. is a leading global provider of in-home movie and game entertainment, with over 7,400 stores throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.
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