kodk-10k_20191231.htm

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

Annual report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

For the year ended December 31, 2019 or

 

Transition report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the transition period from _____ to_____

Commission File Number 1-87

 

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

NEW JERSEY

16-0417150

(State of incorporation)

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

 

343 STATE STREET, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

14650

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

 

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  585-724-4000

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

 

Title of each class

 

Trading Symbols

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

 

Common Stock, $0.01 par value

 

KODK

New York Stock Exchange

 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months, and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company.

See definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer

 

  

Accelerated filer

 

Non-accelerated filer

 

 

  

Smaller reporting company

 

 

Emerging growth company

 

 

 

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act) Yes     No 

The aggregate market value of the voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold, as of the last business day of the registrant's most recently completed second fiscal quarter, June 30, 2019 was approximately $48 million.  The registrant has no non-voting common stock.

The number of shares outstanding of the registrant's common stock as of March 2, 2020 was 43,578,870 shares of common stock.

 


Eastman Kodak Company

Form 10-K

December 31, 2019

Table of Contents

 

 

Page

 

 

 

Part I

 

 

 

Item 1.

Business

3

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

8

Item 1B.

Unresolved Staff Comments

21

Item 2.

Properties

21

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

22

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

22

 

Information About its Executive Officers

23

 

 

 

Part II

 

 

 

Item 5.

Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

25

Item 6.

Selected Financial Data

26

Item 7.

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

27

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

38

Item 7A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

41

Item 8.

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

42

Item 9.

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

100

Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

100

Item 9B.

Other Information

100

 

 

 

Part III

 

 

 

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

101

Item 11.

Executive Compensation

101

Item 12.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

101

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

101

Item 14.

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

101

 

 

 

Part IV

 

 

 

Item 15.

Financial Statement Schedules, Exhibits

102

 

Index to Exhibits

103

Item 16.

Form 10-K Summary

107

 

Signatures

108

 

 

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PART I

ITEM 1.

BUSINESS

When used in this report, unless otherwise indicated by the context, “we,” “our,” “us,” and “Kodak” refer to the consolidated company on the basis of consolidation described in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements in Part II, Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Form 10-K Report.  Also, unless otherwise indicated by the context, “EKC” means the parent company, Eastman Kodak Company (the “Company”).

Kodak is a global technology company focused on print and advanced materials and chemicals. Kodak provides industry-leading hardware, software, consumables and services primarily to customers in commercial print, packaging, publishing, manufacturing and entertainment. Kodak is committed to environmental stewardship and ongoing leadership in developing sustainable solutions. Its broad portfolio of superior products, responsive support and world-class R&D make Kodak solutions a smart investment for customers looking to improve their profitability and drive growth.

Kodak’s consolidated financial statements have been prepared on the going concern basis of accounting, which assumes Kodak will continue to operate as a going concern and which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities and commitments in the normal course of business.  Refer to Note 1, “Summary of Significant Accounting Principles” in the Notes to Financial Statements for additional information.

The Company was founded by George Eastman in 1880 and incorporated in 1901 in the State of New Jersey.  Kodak is headquartered in Rochester, New York.

REPORTABLE SEGMENTS

Kodak has six reportable segments:  Print Systems, Enterprise Inkjet Systems, Kodak Software, Brand, Film and Imaging, Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Technology and Eastman Business Park.  

Print Systems

The Print Systems segment is comprised of Prepress Solutions, which includes Kodak’s digital offset plate offerings and computer-to-plate imaging solutions, and Electrophotographic Printing Solutions, which offers high-quality digital printing solutions using electrically charged toner-based technology.  The Print Systems segment provides digital and traditional product and service offerings to a variety of commercial industries, including commercial print, direct mail, book publishing, newspapers and magazines and packaging.  While the businesses in this segment are experiencing pricing pressure, innovations in Kodak product lines that can command premium prices offset some of the long-term market price erosion.

Prepress Solutions capitalizes on a contract-based, stable and recurring cash flow-generative business model. The average duration of customer contracts is two years. These contracts offer stability and generate recurring revenue. The core of the business is the manufacturing of aluminum digital printing plates of varying sizes. These plates can be as small as 23cm x 27cm and as large as 126cm x 287cm.  Unexposed plates are sold to commercial printing companies for use in the offset printing process. Kodak also manufactures equipment, known as Computer to Plate (“CTP”) equipment, which images the plates with a laser. The plates are used in the offset printing process, which transfers ink from the plate onto a rubber blanket and then onto the substrate to be printed. Due to the nature of the imaging and printing process, a new plate must be used for each printing run. As a result, there is a recurring revenue stream from the sale of these plates.

 

Kodak seeks to mitigate the impact of increases in aluminum prices through a combination of price increases, commodity contracts, improved production efficiency and cost reduction initiatives.  In January 2019, Kodak received exemptions on U.S. tariffs on aluminum.

 

The Print Systems products and services are sold globally to customers through both a direct sales team as well as indirectly through dealers. Primary competitors are Fuji and Agfa.  Kodak expects to benefit from current industry trends, including customers’ increasing focus on sustainability initiatives, which strengthens demand for Kodak’s process-free solutions.  

Prepress Solutions:

 

Digital offset plates, which includes KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates. KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates are prepared directly with a CTP thermal output device and do not require subsequent processing chemistry, processing equipment or chemical disposal. As a result, the plates deliver cost savings and efficiency for customers and promote environmental sustainability practices.

 

CTP output devices that are used by customers to transfer images onto aluminum offset printing plates and provide consistent and high-quality imaging for offset press applications. CTP products provide high resolution, consistency and stability in thermal imaging. Kodak also offers a lower cost CTP system using TH5 imaging technology, which provides a highly efficient and cost-effective imaging solution at a lower price point.

 

Net sales for Prepress Solutions accounted for 59% and 58% of Kodak’s total net revenue for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

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Electrophotographic Printing Solutions:

 

NEXPRESS printers produce high-quality, differentiated printing of short-run, personalized print applications, such as direct mail, books, marketing collateral and photo products.

 

DIGIMASTER printers use monochrome electrophotographic printing technology for transactional printing, short-run books, corporate documentation, manuals and direct mail.

 

Net sales for Electrophotographic Printing Solutions accounted for 9% and 10% of Kodak’s total net revenue for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

The Print Systems segment also provides service and support related to these products.

On September 1, 2019 Kodak established a strategic relationship with Lucky HuaGuang Graphics Co. Ltd (“HuaGuang”) in the People’s Republic of China.  The relationship is comprised of an agreement under which Kodak sold its shares of the Kodak (China) Graphic Communication Co. Ltd. entity, which included the offset printing plates facility in Xiamen, China, and related assets and liabilities, to HuaGuang; a supply agreement from HuaGuang to Kodak; and a license agreement under which Kodak licensed its plates technology to HuaGuang to sell into the plates market in China.  For further information on the relationship with HuaGuang, refer to Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations under Item 7 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K (“MD&A”) and Note 30, “Assets Held for Sale” in the Financial Statements and Supplementary Data under Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Enterprise Inkjet Systems

The Enterprise Inkjet Systems segment contains the Prosper business and the Versamark business. The Enterprise Inkjet Systems products include production press systems, consumables (primarily ink), inkjet components and services.  Enterprise Inkjet Systems products are distributed directly by Kodak and indirectly through dealers.  The markets that the Enterprise Inkjet Systems segment serves are highly competitive in variable printing applications like direct mail, newspapers, books, and packaging/labels.  Key competitors are HP, Canon, Ricoh, and Screen.

 

Prosper:

 

The Prosper business product offerings, including the PROSPER Press systems and PROSPER Components, feature ultrafast inkjet droplet generation. This includes the PROSPER 6000 Press, which delivers a continuous flow of ink that enables constant and consistent operation, with uniform ink droplet size and accurate placement, even at very high print speeds. Applications of the PROSPER Press include publishing, commercial print, direct mail and packaging.  PROSPER System Components are integrated into original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) partner products and systems. Sales of equipment that incorporate the PROSPER Writing Systems result in recurring revenue from sales of ink and other consumables and equipment service. The level of recurring revenue depends on the application for which the equipment is used, which drives the total number of pages printed and, therefore, the amount of ink usage.  The business model is further supplemented by consumption of other consumables including refurbished jetting modules and service.

 

The focus of the Prosper business is on developing the next generation platform, Ultrastream, with solutions that place writing systems in OEMs as well as direct sale press products that widens its reach into applications for packaging and décor and expands the substrate range to include plastics.  The Prosper business closed on the first sale of a writing system for use in a packaging application in December of 2019 with Uteco Group.  Uteco Group is integrating Ultrastream in a packaging press solution.

 

The Prosper business includes Kodak Print Services.  Kodak Print Services prints the Jersey Evening Post as well as the majority of U.K. national newspapers for distribution in both Jersey and Guernsey islands.  The business is used to demonstrate the value of the Kodak Prosper presses to customers around the world.

 

Versamark:

 

The KODAK VERSAMARK Products are the predecessor products to the PROSPER business.  Kodak has ceased manufacturing VERSAMARK Press Systems.  Users of KODAK VERSAMARK products continue to purchase ink and other consumables as well as service from Kodak.  Applications of the VERSAMARK products include publishing, transactional, commercial print and direct mail.

Net sales for Enterprise Inkjet Systems accounted for 10% of Kodak’s total net revenue for each of the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018.  

 

Kodak Software

The Kodak Software segment is comprised of the Software business.  The Software business offers a leading suite of solutions for print production workflow, including the PRINERGY workflow production software, by providing customer value through automation, web integration and integration with other Kodak products and third-party offerings. Production workflow software is used by customers to manage digital and conventional print content from file creation to output.

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Production workflow software manages content and color, reduces manual errors and helps customers manage the collaborative creative process. Kodak believes it is a leader in production workflow solutions for the commercial print and packaging industries with over 15,000 systems installed in some of the largest printing and packaging establishments around the world.  The Software business includes digital front-end controllers which manage the delivery of personalized content to digital presses while controlling color and print consistency. Products and services are sold directly by Kodak and indirectly through dealers.  The markets that Kodak Software serves are highly competitive.  Key customer segments each face competitive market pressure in pricing and new product introduction.  Primary competitors include Heidelberg, Agfa, Fuji, and Esko.

 

Brand, Film and Imaging

 

The Brand, Film and Imaging segment is comprised of five lines of business: Consumer Products, Industrial Film and Chemicals, Motion Picture, Kodak Services for Business (“KSB”) and Kodakit.  Kodak’s Brand, Film and Imaging products are distributed directly by Kodak and indirectly through dealers.  Brand licensees use the Kodak brand on their products and use their own distribution channels.  One Industrial Film and Chemicals customer of professional and consumer still photographic film and chemicals represented approximately 20% of total Brand, Film and Imaging segment revenues in 2019.

Consumer Products:

 

Includes licensing of the Kodak brand to third parties.  Kodak currently licenses its brand for use with a range of products including batteries, digital and instant print cameras and camera accessories, printers, and LED lighting.  Kodak intends to continue efforts to grow its portfolio of brand licenses to generate both ongoing royalty streams and upfront payments.

 

Consumer Inkjet Solutions, which involves the sale of ink to an existing installed base of consumer inkjet printers.

 

3rd party sales of specialty inks and dispersions.

 

Industrial Film and Chemicals:

 

Offers industrial film, including films used by the electronics industry to produce printed circuit boards, as well as professional and consumer still photographic film.

 

Includes related component businesses: Polyester Film; Solvent Recovery; and Specialty Chemicals.

 

Motion Picture:

 

Includes the motion picture film business serving the entertainment industry. Motion picture products are sold directly to studios, external laboratories and independent filmmakers.

 

Kodak motion picture film processing laboratories offering onsite processing services at strategic locations in the U.S. and Europe.

 

Kodak Services for Business:

 

 

KSB assists organizations with challenges and opportunities created by the worldwide digital transformation. It provides business process outsourcing services, scan and capture solutions, records conversion services, workflow solutions, content management, and print and managed media services that assist customers with solutions that meet their business requirements.   KSB has expertise in the capture, archiving, retrieval and delivery of documents including in depth knowledge of handling legacy media.  KSB serves enterprise customers primarily in the banking, insurance and government sectors.  Sales in KSB are project-based and can vary from year to year depending on the nature and number of projects in existence that year.

 

Kodakit:

 

 

Kodakit is a platform that connects businesses with professional photographers to cater to their photography needs. Customers include global hotels and online travel agencies, real estate companies, marketplaces, advertising agencies and global brands.

 

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In October 2019, Kodak decided to discontinue the operation of Kodakit.

Net sales for Motion Picture and Industrial Film and Chemicals accounted for 14% and 12% of Kodak’s total net revenue for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Technology

The Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Technology segment contains the Kodak Research Laboratories and associated new business opportunities and intellectual property licensing not directly related to other business divisions.  Kodak conducts research and files patent applications with fundamental inventions from the Kodak Research Laboratories.  Additionally, Kodak continues to file new patent applications in areas aligned with its core businesses.  Via these core business patent applications along with the research inventions, Kodak maintains a large worldwide portfolio of pending applications and issued patents.  Product solutions in Advanced Materials and 3D Printing are in the process of being commercialized, and there are new business opportunities with identified markets and customers.

The Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Technology segment will also pursue partnership opportunities to commercialize functional materials and printed electronics technologies.  These partnerships may include non-recurring engineering payments for Kodak efforts to further develop such technologies into products. The Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Technology segment also provides a wide range of analytical services to external clients at market rates.

  

Advanced Materials:

 

 

Advanced Materials is developing solutions for component smart materials based on the materials science inventions and innovations from the research laboratories.  There are multiple applications that Kodak contemplates addressing in this category.  Currently, the primary focus is on light blocking particles for the textile market.

 

3D Printing:

 

 

3D Printing concentrates on partnership and/or licensing opportunities in micro 3D printing solutions such as printed electronics.  In addition, for macro 3D printing AM3D manufactures and sells a specialty material to a 3D printing customer.

 

IP Licensing:

 

 

Kodak actively seeks opportunities to leverage its patents and associated technology in licensing and/or cross-licensing deals to support both revenue growth and its ongoing businesses.  While revenues from these licensing activities tend to be unpredictable in nature, this segment still carries the potential for revenue generation from intellectual property licensing and new materials businesses.

Eastman Business Park

The Eastman Business Park segment includes the operations of the Eastman Business Park, a more than 1,200-acre technology center and industrial complex in Rochester, New York and the leasing activities related to that space. A large portion of this facility is used in Kodak’s own manufacturing and other operations, while the remaining portion is occupied by external tenants or available for rent to external tenants.  Two tenants represented approximately 40% of total Eastman Business Park segment revenues in 2019.  

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

Discontinued operations of Kodak include the Flexographic Packaging business.  Refer to Note 29, “Discontinued Operations” in the Notes to Financial Statements for additional information.

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RAW MATERIALS

The raw materials used by Kodak are many and varied and are generally readily available.  Lithographic aluminum is the primary material used in the manufacture of offset printing plates.  Kodak procures lithographic aluminum coils from several suppliers with pricing based, in part, on either prevailing market prices for aluminum or on fixed prices for aluminum agreed to up to eighteen months prior.  Electronic components are used in the manufacturing of commercial printers and other electronic devices.  The film and chemicals business uses many raw materials from a broad range of suppliers.  While most raw materials are generally available from multiple sources, certain key electronic components and other components included in the finished goods manufactured by Kodak and manufactured by and purchased from Kodak’s third-party suppliers are obtained from single or limited sources, which subjects Kodak to supply risks.

SEASONALITY OF BUSINESS

Equipment and plate unit sales generally are higher in the fourth quarter, resulting from customer or industry budgeting practices and buying patterns.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Kodak's general practice is to protect its investment in research and development and its freedom to use its inventions by obtaining patents.  The ownership of these patents contributes to Kodak's ability to provide industry-leading products.  Kodak holds portfolios of patents in several areas important to its business, including specific technologies such as lithographic printing plates and related equipment systems; digital printing workflow and color management proofing systems; color and black-and-white electrophotographic printing systems including key press components and toners; commercial inkjet writing systems and components, presses and inks; consumer inkjet inks and media; functional printing materials, formulations, and deposition modalities; engineered microparticles for specific functions; security materials; embedded information; and color negative films, processing and print films.  Each of these areas is important to existing and emerging business opportunities that bear directly on Kodak's overall business performance.

Kodak's major products are not dependent upon one single, material patent.  Rather, the technologies that underlie Kodak's products are supported by an aggregation of patents having various remaining lives and expiration dates.  There is no individual patent, or group of patents, whose expiration is expected to have a material impact on Kodak's results of operations.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Kodak is subject to various laws and governmental regulations concerning environmental matters.  The U.S. federal environmental legislation and state regulatory programs having an impact on Kodak include the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the NY State Chemical Bulk Storage Regulations and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (the “Superfund Law”).

 

It is Kodak’s policy to carry out its business activities in a manner consistent with sound health, safety and environmental management practices, and to comply with applicable health, safety and environmental laws and regulations.  Kodak continues to engage in programs for environmental, health and safety protection and control.

 

Based upon information presently available, future costs associated with environmental compliance are not expected to have a material effect on Kodak's capital expenditures or competitive position, although costs could be material to a particular quarter or year.

EMPLOYMENT

At the end of 2019, Kodak employed the full time equivalent of approximately 4,922 people globally, of whom approximately 2,116 were employed in the U.S.  The actual number of employees may be greater because some individuals work part time.

AVAILABLE INFORMATION

Kodak files many reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) (www.sec.gov), including annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K.  These reports, and amendments to these reports, are made available free of charge as soon as reasonably practicable after being electronically filed with or furnished to the SEC.  They are available through Kodak's website at www.Kodak.com.  To reach the SEC filings, follow the links to About Kodak, Investor Center, Financial Information and then SEC Filings.

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ITEM 1A.

RISK FACTORS

Kodak operates in rapidly changing economic and technological environments which present numerous risks, many of which are driven by factors it cannot control or predict. Certain factors may have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition, and results of operations and make an investment in its securities risky.  You should consider carefully the risks and uncertainties described below in addition to other information contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, including the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (MD&A) section and the consolidated financial statements and related notes. The following discussion of “risk factors” identifies Kodak’s assessment of the most significant factors which may adversely affect its business, operations, financial position, stock price or future financial performance.  Additional risks and uncertainties Kodak is unaware of, or currently believes are not material, may also become important factors which could adversely affect its business, operations, financial position or future financial performance.

Risks Related to Kodak’s Business

If Kodak is not able to successfully implement its business plans, or experiences implementation delays in cost structure reduction, Kodak’s consolidated results of operations, financial position and liquidity could be negatively affected.

Kodak’s business plans are subject to a number of assumptions, projections, and analysis. If these assumptions prove to be incorrect, Kodak may be unsuccessful in executing its business plans or achieving the projected results, which could adversely impact its financial results and liquidity. In addition, Kodak continues to rationalize its workforce and streamline operations to a leaner and more focused organization aligned with its business initiatives. There are no assurances such measures will prove to be successful or the cost savings or other results it achieves through these plans will be consistent with its expectations. As a result, its results of operations, financial position and liquidity could be negatively impacted. If restructuring plans are not effectively managed, it may experience lost customer sales, product delays, additional costs and other unanticipated effects, causing harm to its business and customer relationships.

Finally, the timing and implementation of these plans require compliance with numerous laws and regulations, including local labor laws, and the failure to comply with such requirements may result in damages, fines and penalties which could adversely affect Kodak’s business.

The ability to generate positive operating cash flows will be necessary for Kodak to continue to operate its business.

The positive cash flow from operations generated by Kodak in 2019 were derived from working capital improvements and individual transactions which occurred during the year and are not expected to be recurring.  Kodak has not generated positive operating cash flows without supplementing such cash flow from operations with monetization transactions over the past several years and, based on forecasted cash flows, there are uncertainties regarding its ability to meet commitments in the U.S. as they come due.  The Print segment is its largest segment and has had declining revenues and segment earnings which are expected to continue to decline. Kodak’s stable and remaining growth businesses may not grow or continue to generate the same or enough cash flow to offset businesses with declining cash flows and investments needed for certain growth businesses.  It may take Kodak longer to generate positive cash flow from operations than planned, which would have a material adverse effect on its liquidity and financial position.  If Kodak is unable to generate positive cash flow from operations in the future or to adequately supplement such cash flow from operations with proceeds from monetization transactions, its ability to continue as a going concern could be impaired or limited.

Continued investment, capital needs, restructuring payments, dividends and servicing the Company’s debt require a significant amount of cash and it may not be able to generate sufficient cash to fund these activities, which could adversely affect its business, operating results and financial condition.

Kodak’s business may not generate cash flow in an amount sufficient to enable it to pay the principal or mandatory redemption price of, or interest and dividends on, the 5% Secured Convertible Notes (the “Convertible Notes”) and the 5.50% Series A Convertible Preferred Stock (the “Series A Preferred Stock”), or to fund Kodak’s other liquidity needs, including working capital, capital expenditures, product development efforts, restructuring actions, strategic acquisitions, investments and alliances and other general corporate requirements. Its film manufacturing facilities are aged and without significant updates to equipment and systems will be more prone to failure.  Capital improvements are planned but there is risk to manufacturing operations especially due to the complexity of the processes and technology and the loss of knowledge as employees leave who are familiar with the processes and technology.  The longer these updates are delayed the higher the risk due to equipment failures, further obsolescence and additional loss of employees with the specific knowledge base.

Kodak’s ability to generate cash is subject to general economic, financial, competitive, litigation, regulatory and other factors beyond its control. There are no assurances:

 

 

Kodak’s businesses will generate sufficient cash flow from operations;

 

Kodak will be able to repatriate or move cash to locations where and when it is needed;

 

the Company will meet all the conditions associated with making borrowings or issuing letters of credit under the ABL Credit Agreement;

 

Kodak will realize cost savings, earnings growth and operating improvements resulting from the execution of its business and restructuring plan;

 

Kodak will not have to expend cash defending lawsuits regardless of the merits of any claims raised; or

 

Future sources of funding will be available in amounts sufficient to enable funding of its liquidity needs.

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If Kodak cannot fund its liquidity needs, it will have to take actions, such as reducing or delaying capital expenditures, product development efforts, strategic acquisitions, and investments and alliances; selling additional assets; restructuring or refinancing the Company’s debt; or seeking additional equity capital. Such actions could increase the Company’s debt, negatively impact customer confidence in its ability to provide products and services, reduce its ability to raise additional capital and delay sustained profitability. There are no assurances any of these actions could, if necessary, be taken on commercially reasonable terms, or at all, or they would satisfy Kodak’s liquidity needs.

If Kodak is unable to successfully develop, fund and commercialize products in certain businesses upon which it is focused or do so within an acceptable timeframe, its financial performance could be adversely affected.

Kodak has focused its investments in Print, Advanced Materials, and Chemicals. These investment areas include offset plates and CTP devices, digital printing using commercial inkjet and electrophotography, high resolution functional printing for electronic and optical solutions, specialty chemicals, and smart materials for light control and 3D printing. Each of these businesses requires additional investment and may not be successful. The introduction of successful innovative products at market competitive prices and the achievement of scale are necessary for Kodak to grow these businesses, improve margins and achieve its financial objectives. Additionally, its strategy is based on a number of factors and assumptions, some of which are not within its control, such as the actions of third parties. There can be no assurance that it will be able to successfully execute all or any elements of its strategy, or that its ability to successfully execute its strategy will be unaffected by external factors. If Kodak is unsuccessful in growing its investment businesses as planned, or perceiving the needs of its target customers, its financial performance could be adversely affected.

Due to the nature of the products it sells and Kodak’s worldwide distribution, Kodak is exposed to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates and commodity costs which, together with tariffs that may be imposed, may adversely impact its results of operations and financial position.

As a result of Kodak’s global operating and financing activities, it is exposed to changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, which may adversely affect its results of operations and financial position.  Exchange rates and interest rates in markets in which it does business tend to be volatile and, at times, its sales and profitability can be negatively impacted across all its segments depending upon the value of the U.S. dollar and other major currencies such as the euro, the Japanese yen, the British pound and the Chinese yuan. In addition, Kodak’s products contain aluminum, silver, petroleum-based or other commodity-based raw materials, the prices of which have been, and may continue to be, volatile. In the case of aluminum and other raw materials and components imported by Kodak, tariffs imposed from time to time may give rise to future cost increases.  Tariffs or duties may also be imposed on exported products produced by Kodak, making such products less competitive in jurisdictions imposing such tariffs or duties.  If the global economic situation remains uncertain or worsens, there could be further volatility in changes in currency exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices, which could have negative effects on its revenue and earnings.

Weakness or worsening of global economic conditions could adversely affect Kodak’s financial performance and liquidity.

The global economic environment may adversely affect sales of Kodak’s products, profitability and liquidity. Global financial markets have been experiencing extreme volatility, including as a result of the global outbreak of the coronavirus formally known as COVID-19. Economic conditions could accelerate any decline in demand for products, which could also place pressure on its results of operations and liquidity.  In particular, if the coronavirus has a significant impact on the printing industry it could adversely impact the demand for Kodak’s products.  There is no guarantee that anticipated economic growth levels in markets which have experienced some economic strength will continue in the future, or Kodak will succeed in expanding sales in these markets. In addition, accounts receivable and past due accounts could increase due to a decline in its customers’ ability to pay as a result of an economic downturn, including as a result of the coronavirus, and its liquidity, including its ability to use credit lines, could be negatively impacted by failures of financial instrument counterparties, including banks and other financial institutions. If global economic weakness and tightness in the credit markets exist, worsen or are attenuated, Kodak’s profitability and related cash generation capability could be adversely affected and, therefore, affect its ability to meet its anticipated cash needs, impair its liquidity or increase its costs of borrowing.

In June 2016, the United Kingdom (the “UK”) held a referendum in which voters opted for the country’s exit from the EU, commonly referred to as Brexit, Consistent with the outcome of this referendum, the UK left the EU on January 31, 2020.  Thus, the UK is no longer a member of the EU; however, the UK will continue to be subject to EU rules and remain a member of the single market and customs union during an implementation period. The implementation period runs to December 31, 2020 but may be extended for up to two years. The UK government is negotiating with the EU on trade and other terms for such exit. Leaving without any agreement on such terms would lead to disruption to UK/EU trade. However, Kodak has put appropriate plans in place for continuity of supply and purchase of products, although there is likely to be some limited cost impact associated with these plans.

The uncertainty concerning Brexit has also caused global stock market volatility and currency exchange rate fluctuations that resulted in strengthening of the U.S. dollar relative to other foreign currencies in which we conduct business. There may also be broader uncertainty over the position the United States will take with respect to certain treaty and trade relationships with other countries. This uncertainty may impact (i) the ability or willingness of non-U.S. companies to transact business in the United States, including with the Company, (ii) regulation and trade agreements affecting U.S. companies, (iii) global stock markets and (iv) general global economic conditions. All of these factors are outside Kodak’s control but may cause it to adjust its strategy in order to compete effectively in global markets and could adversely affect its business, financial condition, operating results and cash flows.

 

 

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If Kodak is unable to successfully develop or commercialize new products or do so in a timely manner, its business, financial position and operating results may suffer.

Kodak generally sells its products in industries which are characterized by rapid technological changes, frequent new product and service introductions and changing industry standards.

Without the timely introduction of new products, services and enhancements, its products and services will become technologically obsolete over time, in which case its revenue and operating results would suffer. Therefore, its future results of operations will depend to a significant extent upon its ability to successfully commercialize new products in a timely manner. The success of its new products and services will depend on several factors, including its ability to:

 

identify customer needs;

 

innovate and develop new technologies, services, and applications;

 

commercialize new technologies in a timely manner;

 

manufacture and deliver its products in sufficient volumes and on time;

 

differentiate its offerings from its competitors’ offerings;

 

price its products and services competitively;

 

anticipate its competitors’ development of new products, services or technological innovations;

 

work successfully alongside its partners; and

 

control product quality in its manufacturing processes.

As a result of these and other factors, products currently in development by Kodak (for example, UltraStream technology, new generations of Sonora offset plates, and small particle technology) may or may not be successfully commercialized in a timely manner, or at all. If any of its key products cannot be successfully or timely commercialized, its operating results could be adversely affected. Moreover, it cannot guarantee any investment made in developing products will be recouped, even if it is successful in commercializing those products, which could have a material adverse effect on its business, financial position and operating results.

If Kodak’s commercialization and manufacturing processes fail to prevent issues with product reliability, yield and quality, its product launch plans may be delayed, its financial results may be adversely impacted, and its reputation may be harmed.

In developing, commercializing and manufacturing Kodak’s products and services it must adequately address reliability and prevent yield and other quality issues, including defects in its engineering, design and manufacturing processes, as well as defects in third-party components included in its products. Because Kodak’s products are sophisticated and complicated to develop and commercialize with rapid advances in technologies, the occurrence of defects may increase, particularly with the introduction of new product lines. Unanticipated issues with product performance may delay product launch plans which could result in additional expenses, lost revenue and earnings. Although it has established internal procedures to minimize risks which may arise from product quality issues, there can be no assurance it will be able to eliminate or mitigate occurrences of these issues and associated liabilities. Product reliability, yield and quality issues can impair its relationships with new or existing customers and adversely affect its brand image; product quality issues can result in recalls, warranty, or other service obligations and litigation; and its reputation as a producer of high quality products could suffer, all of which could adversely affect its business as well as its financial results.

If the reputation of Kodak or its brand erodes significantly, it could have a material impact on its financial results.

Kodak’s reputation, and the reputation of its brand, form the foundation of its relationships with key stakeholders and other constituencies, including customers, suppliers and consumers. The quality and safety of Kodak’s products are critical to its business.  Kodak’s products have worldwide recognition, and its financial success is directly dependent on the success of its product offering.  One aspect of Kodak’s business is licensing others to use Kodak’s brand in connection with the sale of such licensees’ products and services, and activities by such licensees may be perceived by the market as being activities of Kodak.  The success of Kodak’s brand can suffer if its or its licensees’ marketing plans, product initiatives or activities do not have the desired impact on the brand’s image or ability to attract customers.  Kodak’s results could also be negatively impacted if its brand suffers substantial harm to its reputation due to significant product reliability and quality issues, and product-related litigation.  Additionally, negative or inaccurate postings or comments on social media or networking websites about Kodak, its licensees or its brand could generate adverse publicity which could damage the reputation of the brand.  Kodak also devotes significant time and resources to programs consistent with its corporate values and commitments that are designed to protect and preserve its reputation, such as social responsibility and environmental sustainability. If these programs are not executed as planned or suffer negative publicity, Kodak’s reputation and financial results could be adversely impacted.

Increased competition, including price competition, could have a material adverse impact on Kodak’s revenue, gross margins, cash flow and market share.

The markets in which Kodak does business are highly competitive with large, entrenched, and well financed industry participants, many of which are larger than Kodak. In addition, it encounters aggressive price competition for many of its products and services from numerous companies globally. Any of its competitors may:

 

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foresee the course of market developments more accurately than it does;

 

sell superior products and provide superior services or offer a broader variety of products and services;

 

have the ability to produce or supply similar products and services at a lower cost;

 

have better access to materials and supplies and the ability to acquire materials and supplies at a lower cost;

 

develop stronger relationships with its suppliers or customers;

 

adapt more quickly to new technologies or evolving customer requirements than it does; or

 

have access to capital markets or other financing sources on more favorable terms than it can obtain.

As a result, Kodak may not be able to compete successfully with its competitors. Finally, it may not be able to maintain its operating costs or prices at levels which would allow it to compete effectively. Kodak’s results of operations and financial condition may be adversely affected by these and other industry-wide pricing pressures. If its products, services and pricing are not sufficiently competitive with current and future competitors, it could also lose market share, adversely affecting its revenue, gross margins and cash flow.

An inability to provide competitive financing arrangements to Kodak’s customers or extension of credit to customers whose creditworthiness deteriorates could adversely impact its revenue, profitability and financial position.

The competitive environment in which Kodak operates may require it to facilitate or provide financing to its customers. Customer financing arrangements may cover all or a portion of the purchase price for its products and services. It may also assist customers in obtaining financing from banks and other sources. Its success may be dependent, in part, upon its ability to provide customer financing on competitive terms and on its customers’ creditworthiness. Tightening of credit in the global financial markets can adversely affect the ability of Kodak’s customers to obtain financing for significant purchases, which may result in a decrease in, or cancellation of, orders for its products and services. If Kodak is unable to provide competitive financing solutions to its customers or if it extends credit to customers whose creditworthiness deteriorates, its revenues, profitability and financial position could be adversely impacted.

The loss of one or more of Kodak’s key personnel, or its failure to attract and retain other highly qualified personnel in the future, could harm its business.

In order for it to be successful, Kodak must continue to attract, retain and motivate executives and other key employees, including technical, managerial, marketing, sales, research and support positions. Hiring and retaining qualified executives, research and engineering professionals, and qualified sales representatives, particularly in Kodak’s targeted growth markets, are critical to its future. It may be unable to attract and retain highly qualified management and employees, particularly if it does not offer employment terms competitive with the rest of the market. Failure to attract and retain qualified individuals, key leaders, executives and employees, or failure to develop and implement a viable succession plan, could result in inadequate depth of institutional knowledge or skill sets, which could adversely affect its business.

If Kodak cannot effectively anticipate technology trends and develop and market new products to respond to changing customer needs and preferences, its revenue, earnings and cash flow could be adversely affected.

Kodak serves imaging/print needs for business markets, including graphic communications, packaging, enterprise services, and printed electronics. Its success in these markets depends on its ability to offer differentiated solutions and technologies to capture market share and grow scale. To enable this, it must continually develop and introduce new products and services in a timely manner to keep pace with technological developments and achieve customer acceptance. In addition, the services and products it provides to customers may not or may no longer meet the needs of its customers as the business models of its customers evolve. Its customers may decide to outsource their imaging needs or may purchase imaging services and needs from other suppliers. In addition, it is difficult to predict successfully the products and services its customers will demand. The success of Kodak’s business depends in part on its ability to identify and respond promptly to changes in customer preferences, expectations and needs. If it does not timely assess and respond to changing customer expectations, preferences and needs, its financial condition, results of operations or cash flows could be adversely affected.

If Kodak is unable to timely anticipate new technology trends, develop improvements to its current technology to address changing customer preferences, and effectively communicate its businesses, products, and the markets it serves, its revenue, earnings and cash flow could be adversely affected. The success of Kodak’s technology development efforts may be affected by the development efforts of its competitors, which may have more financial and other resources to better ascertain technology trends, changing customer preferences, and changing business expectations or models. Kodak’s assessment and response may as a result be incomplete or inferior when compared to its competitors, which could adversely affect its product roadmaps and associated revenue streams.

Kodak has reduced the scope of its corporate-focused research and development activities.  If its investment in research and product development is inadequate, its response to changing customer needs and changing market dynamics may be too slow and this may adversely affect revenue streams from new products and services.

 

 

 

 

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Kodak makes investments in new products and services that may not achieve expected returns.

Commercial success depends on many factors, including innovativeness, developer support, and effective distribution and marketing. If customers do not perceive Kodak’s latest offerings as providing significant new functionality or other value, they may reduce their purchases of new products or upgrades, unfavorably affecting revenue. Kodak may not achieve significant revenue from new product, service, and distribution channel investments for several years, if at all.  

New products and services may not be profitable, and even if they are profitable, operating margins for some new products and businesses may not be as high as the margins Kodak has experienced historically. Developing new technologies is complex. It can require long development and testing periods. Significant delays in new releases or significant problems in creating new products or services could adversely affect Kodak’s revenue.

Kodak relies on third-party suppliers and service providers to support its manufacturing, logistics, and business operations and faces the risks associated with reliance on external business partners.

Kodak relies on third-party suppliers for goods and services to support its manufacturing, logistics, and business operations.  To the extent it relies on third-parties, it faces the risks that those third parties may not be able to:

 

develop manufacturing methods appropriate to Kodak’s products;

 

maintain an adequate control environment;

 

quickly respond to changes in customer demand for Kodak’s products;

 

obtain supplies and materials necessary for the manufacturing process; or

 

mitigate the impact of labor shortages and/or other disruptions.

Suppliers may choose to unilaterally withhold products, components or services. In addition, Kodak may experience shortages in supply and disruptions in service as a result of unexpected demand, transportation and logistical limitations, and/or disruptions or production difficulties at its suppliers, such as disruptions due to fires, medical epidemics, other natural disasters or events outside of a supplier’s control. In addition, disruptions could result from a reduction in the number of its suppliers due to their own financial difficulties or a reduction in the products offered by such suppliers. As a result of the loss of any supplier, or a substantial decrease in the availability of products from its suppliers, Kodak may be unable to meet its customer commitments, its costs could be higher than planned, and its cash flows and the reliability of its products could be negatively impacted. Kodak will vigorously enforce its contractual rights under such circumstances, but there is no guarantee it will be successful in preventing or mitigating the effects of unilateral actions by its suppliers. Other supplier problems that Kodak could encounter include electronic component shortages, excess supply, risks related to the duration and termination of its contracts with suppliers for components and materials and risks related to the ability to obtain products, components or services from single source suppliers on favorable terms or at all. The realization of any of these risks, should alternative third-party relationships not be established, could cause interruptions in supply or increases in costs which might result in Kodak’s inability to meet customer demand for its products, damage to its relationships with its customers, and reduced market share, all of which could adversely affect its results of operations and financial condition.

Any significant negative change in the payment terms that Kodak has with its suppliers could adversely affect its liquidity.  There is a risk that Kodak’s key suppliers could respond to any actual or apparent decrease in or any concern with its financial results or liquidity by requiring or conditioning their sale of goods or services to Kodak on more stringent or more costly payment terms, such as by requiring standby letters of credit, earlier or advance payment of invoices, payment upon delivery, or shorter payment terms. Kodak’s need for additional liquidity could significantly increase and its supply could be materially disrupted if a significant portion of its key suppliers and vendors took one or more of the actions described above, which could have a material adverse effect on its sales, customer satisfaction, cash flows, liquidity and financial position.

Business disruptions could seriously harm Kodak’s future revenue and financial condition and increase its costs and expenses.

Worldwide operations could be subject to earthquakes, power shortages, telecommunications failures, cyber-attacks, terrorism and other physical security threats, water shortages, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, fires, extreme weather conditions, medical epidemics, political or economic instability, and other natural or manmade disasters or business interruptions, for which Kodak is predominantly self-insured. The occurrence of any of these business disruptions could seriously harm its revenue and financial condition and increase its costs and expenses.

The ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus formally known as COVID-19 emanating from China in December 2019 and spreading throughout many regions of the world has resulted in travel restrictions to and from affected regions, disruptions to suppliers’ performance and delivery, in some cases whether or not based in affected regions, as well as the temporary shutdown of many businesses in affected regions. Kodak has manufacturing, service and sales operations in affected regions, including China, Germany and Italy, and regularly imports and exports products into and out of the affected regions. Kodak also relies on:

 

certain third-party suppliers and vendors in affected regions for goods and services to support its global business operations;

 

customers whose need for Kodak products is based on manufacturing operations in affected regions;

 

suppliers, some of which are based in affected regions, to transport products into and out of affected regions;

 

companies operating outside affected regions who obtain critical raw materials or components from affected regions to supply Kodak;

 

the shooting, production and release of motion picture films in or dependent on affected regions; and

 

royalties from brand licensees that source products from or sell products in affected regions.

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Certain of Kodak’s critical business functions, including its manufacturing and field service operations, cannot be performed remotely, and an inability of Kodak’s employees to physically work at its or its customers locations due to government restrictions, health concerns or illness may disrupt its operations, perhaps significantly.  Kodak has already experienced some disruptions in its manufacturing and logistics operations due to the coronavirus outbreak.  The full extent to which the coronavirus outbreak impacts Kodak’s results will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted at the time of this filing, including new information which may emerge concerning the severity of the coronavirus and the actions taken to contain the virus or treat its impact, among others. Complications from the coronavirus outbreak could have a material adverse effect on the continuity of our business operations and our results of operations and financial position, particularly if such complications have an extended duration.

In addition, some areas, including parts of the east and west coasts of the United States, have previously experienced, and may experience in the future, major power shortages and blackouts. These blackouts could cause disruptions to its operations or the operations of its suppliers, distributors and resellers, or customers. Kodak has operations including research and development facilities in geographically disparate locations, such as Israel, Japan, China, Canada and Germany. The impact of these risks is greater in areas where products are manufactured at a sole or limited number of location(s), and where the sourcing of materials is limited to a sole or limited base of suppliers, since any material interruption in operations in such locations or suppliers could impact Kodak’s ability to provide a particular product or service for a period of time.

Kodak’s inability to effectively complete and manage strategic transactions could adversely impact its business performance, including its financial results.

As part of Kodak’s strategy, it may be engaged in discussions with third parties regarding possible divestitures, asset sales, spin-offs, investments, acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and outsourcing transactions and may enter into agreements relating to such transactions in order to further its business objectives.  In order to successfully pursue its strategic transaction strategy, it must identify suitable buyers, sellers and partners and successfully complete transactions, some of which may be large and complex, and manage post-closing issues such as the elimination of any remaining post-sale costs related to divested businesses.  Transaction risk can be more pronounced for larger and more complicated transactions or when multiple transactions are pursued simultaneously.  There are no assurances Kodak will be able to consummate any strategic transactions which it undertakes or, if consummated, Kodak will achieve the benefits sought to be achieved from such strategic transactions.  If Kodak fails to identify and successfully complete transactions that further its strategic objectives, it may be required to expend resources to develop products and technology internally, it may be at a competitive disadvantage or it may be adversely affected by negative market perceptions. Any of these factors could have an adverse effect on its revenue, gross margins and profitability. In addition, unpredictability surrounding the timing of such transactions could adversely affect its financial results.

Kodak may pursue acquisitions or combinations which could fail or present unanticipated problems for its business in the future, which would adversely affect its ability to realize the anticipated benefits of those transactions or increase the price it would be required to pay.

Kodak may seek to enter into transactions which may include acquiring or combining with other businesses. It may not be able to identify suitable acquisition or combination opportunities or finance and complete any particular acquisition or combination successfully. Furthermore, acquisitions and combinations involve a number of risks and challenges, including:

 

the ability to obtain required regulatory and other approvals;

 

the need to integrate acquired or combined operations with its business;

 

potential loss of key employees;

 

difficulty in evaluating operating costs, infrastructure requirements, environmental and other liabilities and other factors beyond its control;

 

wrong, inaccurate or changing business assumptions on which such acquisitions or combinations are predicated;

 

potential lack of operating experience in new business or geographic areas;

 

an increase in its expenses and working capital requirements;

 

management’s attention may be temporarily diverted; and

 

the possibility it may be required to issue a substantial amount of additional equity or debt securities or assume additional debt in connection with any such transactions.

Any of these factors could adversely affect its ability to achieve anticipated levels of cash flows or realize synergies or other anticipated benefits from a strategic transaction. Furthermore, the market for transactions is highly competitive, which may adversely affect its ability to find transactions which fit its strategic objectives or increase the price it would be required to pay (which could decrease the benefit of the transaction or hinder its desire or ability to consummate the transaction). Strategic transactions may occur at any time and may be significant in size relative to its assets and operations.

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Cyber-attacks or other data security incidents that disrupt Kodak’s operations or result in the breach or other compromise of proprietary of confidential information about its workforce, its customers, or other third parties could disrupt its business, harm its reputation, cause it to lose customers, and expose it to costly regulatory enforcement and litigation.

To effectively manage Kodak’s global business, it depends on secure and reliable information technology systems with accurate data. These systems and their underlying infrastructure are provided by a combination of Kodak and third-parties, and if unavailable or unreliable, could disrupt Kodak’s operations, causing delays or cancellation of customer orders, impeding the manufacturing or delivery of products, delaying the reporting of financial results, or impacting other business processes critical to running its business.

Kodak’s IT systems contain critical information about its business, including intellectual property and confidential information of its customers, business partners, and employees.  Cyber-attacks or defects in its systems could result in this proprietary information being disclosed or modified, which could cause significant damage to its business or its reputation.  Kodak has system controls and security measures in place that are designed to protect its IT systems against intentional or unintentional disruptions of its operations or disclosure of confidential information, but it may not be able to implement solutions that result in stopping or detecting all of these threats to its internal information systems or those of its third-party providers.  A breach of Kodak’s security measures could result in unauthorized access to and misuse of its information, corruption of data, or disruption of operations, any of which could have a material adverse impact on its business.

Kodak also provides IT-based products and services to its customers, and operates services used by its customers and hosted by Kodak, both businesses and consumers, and a breach of its security or reliability measures, or those of its third-party service providers, could negatively impact its customers’ operations or data privacy.

Attacks on IT systems continue to grow in frequency, complexity and sophistication, and Kodak is regularly targeted by unauthorized parties using malicious tactics, code and viruses.

It has programs in place to prevent, detect and respond to data or cyber security incidents. However, because the techniques used to obtain unauthorized access, disable or degrade service, or sabotage systems change frequently, are increasingly more complex and sophisticated and may be difficult to detect for long periods of time, Kodak may be unable or fail to anticipate these techniques or implement adequate or timely preventive or responsive measures.

Failure to comply with anti-corruption laws and regulations, anti-money laundering laws and regulations, economic and trade sanctions, and similar laws could have a materially adverse effect on Kodak’s reputation, results of operations or financial condition, or have other adverse consequences.

Regulators worldwide are exercising heightened scrutiny with respect to anti-corruption, economic and trade sanctions, and anti-money laundering laws and regulations. Such heightened scrutiny has resulted in more aggressive investigations and enforcement of such laws and more burdensome regulations, any of which could adversely impact Kodak’s business.  Kodak has a global operating presence, including in numerous developing economies where companies and government officials are more likely to engage in business practices that are prohibited by domestic and foreign laws and regulations, including the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act. Such laws generally prohibit improper payments or offers of payments to foreign government officials and leaders of political parties, and in some cases, to other persons, for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business.  Kodak is also subject to economic and trade sanctions programs, including those administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which prohibit or restrict transactions or dealings with specified countries, their governments, and in certain circumstances, their nationals, and with individuals and entities that are specially designated, including narcotics traffickers and terrorists or terrorist organizations, among others.  In addition, Kodak is subject to anti-money laundering laws and regulations.

Kodak has implemented policies and procedures to monitor and address compliance with applicable anti-corruption, economic and trade sanctions and anti-money laundering laws and regulations, and it periodically reviews, upgrades and enhances certain of its policies and procedures. However, there can be no assurance that its employees, consultants or agents will not take actions in violation of its policies for which it may be ultimately responsible, or that its policies and procedures will be adequate or will be determined to be adequate by regulators.  Any violations of applicable anti-corruption, economic and trade sanctions or anti-money laundering laws or regulations could limit certain of Kodak’s business activities until they are satisfactorily remediated and could result in civil and criminal penalties, including fines, which could damage its reputation and have a materially adverse effect on its results of operation or financial condition.

Failure to comply with privacy, data protection and cyber security laws and regulations could have a materially adverse effect on Kodak’s reputation, results of operations or financial condition.

Kodak receives, processes, transmits and stores information relating to identifiable individuals (personal information), both in its role as a technology provider and as an employer. As a result, Kodak is subject to numerous U.S. federal and state and foreign laws and regulations relating to personal information. These laws have been subject to frequent changes, and new legislation in this area may be enacted at any time. In Europe, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) became effective on May 25, 2018 for all European Union (“EU”) member states. The GDPR includes operational requirements for companies receiving or processing personal data of EU residents that are partially different from those previously in place and includes significant penalties for non-compliance. In the United States, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) became effective on January 1, 2020 and many other states are in various stages of implementing privacy legislation. The CCPA provides California residents with specific privacy rights including a new private right of action for certain data breaches.

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Recently enacted laws and regulations, as well as any other change to existing laws, the introduction of new laws in this area, or the failure to comply with existing laws that are applicable, may subject Kodak to, among other things, additional costs or changes to its business practices, liability for monetary damages, fines and/or criminal prosecution, unfavorable publicity, restrictions on its ability to obtain and process information and allegations by its customers and clients that it has not performed its contractual obligations. At the same time, the risk of cyber-attacks is relevant to the requirements regarding storage, transfer, sharing and handling of personal information.  

This environment demands Kodak continuously improve its design and coordination of security controls and contractual arrangements across its businesses and geographies.  Despite these efforts, it is possible its security controls over personal data, its training of employees and vendors on data privacy and data security, and other practices it follows may not prevent the improper disclosure of personal information.  Improper disclosure of this information could harm its reputation or subject it to liability under laws which protect personal data, resulting in increased costs or loss of revenue.

If Kodak cannot protect the intellectual property rights on which its business depends, or if third parties assert it violates their intellectual property rights, its revenue, earnings, expenses and liquidity may be adversely impacted.

A key differentiator for Kodak in many of its businesses is its technological advantage over competitors’ products and solutions. Its technological advantage is supported by Kodak’s intellectual property rights. Patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret laws in the United States and similar laws in other countries, and non-disclosure, confidentiality and other types of agreements with Kodak’s employees, customers, suppliers and other parties, may not be effective in establishing, maintaining, protecting and enforcing Kodak’s intellectual property rights.

Any of Kodak’s direct or indirect intellectual property rights could be challenged, invalidated, circumvented, infringed, diluted, disclosed or misappropriated, or such intellectual property rights may not be sufficient to permit it to take advantage of current market trends or otherwise to provide competitive advantages, which could result in costly product redesign efforts, discontinuance of certain product offerings or other competitive harm. Further, the laws of certain countries do not protect proprietary rights to the same degree as the laws of the United States.

Therefore, in certain jurisdictions, Kodak may be unable to protect its proprietary technology adequately against unauthorized third party copying, infringement or use, which could adversely affect its competitive position.  Also, some of Kodak’s business and some of its products rely on key technologies developed or licensed by third parties and, because of the rapid pace of technological change in the information technology industry, it may not be able to obtain or continue to obtain licenses and technologies from relevant third parties on reasonable terms, or at all.

Kodak also licenses third parties to use its trademarks. In an effort to preserve its trademark rights, Kodak enters into license agreements with these third parties which govern the use of its trademarks and require its licensees to abide by quality control standards with respect to the goods and services they provide under the trademarks. Although Kodak makes efforts to police the use of its trademarks by its licensees, there can be no assurance these efforts will be sufficient to ensure the licensees abide by the terms of their licenses. In the event Kodak’s licensees fail to do so, its trademark rights could be diluted and its reputation harmed by its licensees’ activities.  Also, failure by Kodak and its licensees to sufficiently exploit any of Kodak’s trademarks in any markets could erode Kodak’s trademark rights with respect to the relevant trademarks. Because the laws and enforcement regimes of certain countries do not protect proprietary rights to the same degree as those in the United States, in certain jurisdictions Kodak may be unable to adequately prevent such unauthorized uses, which could result in impairment of its trademark rights.

Kodak has made substantial investments in new, proprietary technologies and has filed patent applications and obtained patents to protect its intellectual property rights in these technologies as well as the interests of its licensees. There can be no assurance Kodak’s patent applications will be approved, any patents issued will be of sufficient scope or strength to provide it with meaningful protection, or such patents will not be challenged by third parties. Furthermore, Kodak may fail to accurately predict all of the countries where patent protection will ultimately be desirable, and if it fails to timely file a patent application in any such country, it may be precluded from doing so at a later date. The patents issuing may vary in scope of coverage depending on the country in which such patents issue.

In addition, the intellectual property rights of others could inhibit Kodak’s ability to conduct its business. Other companies may hold patents on technologies used in Kodak’s industries and some of these companies may be aggressively seeking to expand, enforce or license their patent portfolios.  Third parties may claim Kodak and its customers, licensees or other parties indemnified by it are infringing upon their intellectual property rights. Such claims may be made by competitors seeking to block or limit Kodak’s access to certain markets. Additionally, certain individuals and groups have purchased intellectual property assets for the sole purpose of making claims of infringement and attempting to extract settlements from large companies like Kodak. Even if it believes the claims are without merit, these claims may have the following negative impacts on its business:

 

claims can be time consuming and costly to defend and may distract management’s attention and resources;

 

claims of intellectual property infringement may require it to redesign affected products, enter into costly settlement or license agreements or pay costly damage awards, or face a temporary or permanent injunction prohibiting it from marketing or selling certain of its products;

 

even if it has an agreement with a third party to indemnify it against such costs, the indemnifying party may be unable to uphold such party’s contractual obligations; and

 

if it cannot or does not license the infringed technology at all, license the technology on reasonable terms or substitute similar technology from another source, its revenue and earnings could be adversely impacted.

 

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Finally, Kodak uses open source software in connection with some of its products and services. Companies which incorporate open source software into their products have, from time to time, faced claims challenging the ownership of open source software and/or compliance with open source license terms. As a result, Kodak could be subject to suits by parties claiming ownership of what it believes to be open source software or noncompliance with open source licensing terms. Some open source software licenses require users who distribute open source software as part of their software to publicly disclose all or part of the source code to such software and/or make available any derivative works of the open source code on unfavorable terms or at no cost.  Any requirement to disclose Kodak’s source code or pay damages for breach of contract could be harmful to its business results of operations and financial condition.

Kodak’s future pension and other postretirement benefit plan costs and required level of contributions could be unfavorably impacted by changes in actuarial assumptions, market performance of plan assets and obligations imposed by legislation or pension authorities which could adversely affect its financial position, results of operations, and cash flow.

Kodak has significant defined benefit pension and other postretirement benefit obligations.

The funded status of its U.S. and non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans (and other postretirement benefit plans), and the related cost reflected in its financial statements, are affected by various factors subject to an inherent degree of uncertainty. Key assumptions used to value these benefit obligations, funded status and expense recognition include the discount rate for future payment obligations, the long term expected rate of return on plan assets, salary growth, healthcare cost trend rates, mortality trends, and other economic and demographic factors. Significant differences in actual experience, or significant changes in future assumptions or obligations imposed by legislation or pension authorities, could lead to a potential future need to contribute cash or assets to Kodak’s plans in excess of currently estimated contributions and benefit payments and could have an adverse effect on Kodak’s consolidated results of operations, financial position or liquidity.

In past years, Kodak has experienced increases in the costs of these defined benefit pension and postretirement benefit obligations as a result of macro-economic factors beyond its control, including increases in health care costs, declines in investment returns on pension plan assets, and changes in discount rates and mortality rates used to calculate pension and related liabilities. At least some of these macro-economic factors may again put pressure on the cost of providing pension and medical benefits. There can be no assurance it will succeed in limiting cost increases. In addition, continued upward pressure, including any as a result of new legislation, could reduce the profitability of its businesses.

Kodak may be required to recognize impairments in the value of its goodwill and/or other long-lived assets which could adversely affect its results of operations.

Upon emergence from bankruptcy, Kodak applied fresh start accounting pursuant to which the reorganization value was allocated to the individual assets and liabilities based on their estimated fair values. The excess reorganization value over the fair value of identified tangible and intangible assets is reported as goodwill. In connection with fresh start, Kodak also determined the fair value of its other long-lived assets, including intangible assets. The determination of reorganization value, equity value of the Company’s common stock and fair value of assets and liabilities is dependent on various estimates and assumptions, including financial projections and the realization of certain events. Kodak tests goodwill and indefinite lived intangible assets for impairment annually or whenever events occur or circumstances change that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of a reporting unit below its carrying amount. Kodak evaluates other long-lived assets for impairments whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value may not be recoverable. Impairments could occur in the future if Kodak’s expected future cash flows decline, market or interest rate environments deteriorate, or if carrying values change materially compared with changes in their respective fair values.

Kodak’s businesses experience seasonality of sales. Therefore, lower demand for Kodak’s products or increases in costs during periods which are expected to be at peak in seasonality may have a pronounced negative effect on its results of operations.

Equipment and consumables sales generally exhibit higher levels in the fourth quarter due to the seasonal nature of placements, resulting from customer or industry budgeting practices. As a result, a sequential quarter-to-quarter comparison is not a good indication of Kodak’s performance or how it will perform in the future. In addition, adverse developments during what are expected to be peak periods in seasonality, such as lower-than-anticipated demand for its products, an internal systems failure, increases in materials costs, or failure of or performance problems with one of its key logistics, components supply, or manufacturing partners, could have a material adverse impact on its financial condition and operating results. Tight credit markets which limit capital investments or a weak economy which decreases print demand could negatively impact equipment or consumable sales. These external developments are often unpredictable and may have an adverse impact on its business and results of operations.  

If Kodak fails to manage distribution of its products and services properly, its revenue, gross margins and earnings could be adversely impacted.

Kodak uses a variety of different distribution methods to sell and deliver its products and services, including third-party resellers and distributors and direct and indirect sales to both enterprise accounts and customers. Successfully managing the interaction of direct and indirect channels with various potential customer segments for its products and services is a complex process. Moreover, since each distribution method has distinct risks and costs, Kodak’s failure to achieve the most advantageous balance in the delivery model for its products and services could adversely affect its revenue, gross margins and earnings. This has concentrated Kodak’s credit and operational risk and could result in an adverse impact on its financial performance.

 

 

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Kodak’s future results could be harmed if it is unsuccessful in its sales in emerging markets.

Because Kodak is seeking to expand its sales and number of customer relationships outside the United States, including in emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, Kodak’s business is subject to risks associated with doing business internationally, such as:

 

support of multiple languages;

 

recruitment of sales and technical support personnel with the skills to design, manufacture, sell and supply products;

 

compliance with governmental regulation of imports and exports, including obtaining required import or export approval for its products;

 

complexity of managing international operations;

 

exposure to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations;

 

commercial laws and business practices which may favor local competition and the imposition of tariffs on products or raw materials imported into or exported from the U.S.;

 

multiple, potentially conflicting, and changing governmental laws, regulations and practices, including differing export, import, tax, anti-corruption, anti-dumping, economic sanction, labor, and employment laws;

 

difficulties in collecting accounts receivable;

 

limitations or restrictions on the repatriation of cash;

 

limitations or reductions in protection of intellectual property rights;

 

complications in logistics and distribution arrangements; and

 

political or economic instability.

There can be no assurance Kodak will be able to market and sell its products in all of its targeted markets. If its efforts are not successful, its business growth and results of operations could be harmed.

As a global company, Kodak is subject to regulatory requirements and laws in the jurisdictions in which it operates, and any alleged non-compliance with these requirements or laws could result in an adverse financial or reputational impact.

Kodak is subject to environmental laws and regulations and failure to comply with such laws and regulations or liabilities imposed as a result of such laws and regulations could have an adverse effect on its business, results of operations and financial condition.

Kodak is subject to environmental laws and regulations world-wide that govern, for example, the discharge of pollutants, the management of hazardous materials, the cleanup of contaminated sites, and the composition and end-of-life management of its products.  Non-compliance with applicable laws or liability incurred without regard to fault could have a material adverse effect on its business, results of operations and financial condition. The cost of complying with such laws could have a material adverse effect on its business, results of operations and financial condition.  Any uncertainties related to environmental conditions or obligations at Kodak’s properties may impact its ability to further develop or sell such properties.

Kodak may have additional tax liabilities.

Kodak is subject to income taxes in the U.S. and in many foreign jurisdictions. Significant judgment is required in determining Kodak’s worldwide provision for income taxes.  In the course of its business, there are transactions and calculations where the ultimate tax determination is uncertain.

Kodak operates within multiple taxing jurisdictions worldwide and is subject to audit in these jurisdictions.  These audits can involve complex issues, which may require an extended period of time for resolution.  Management’s ongoing assessments of the outcomes of these issues and related tax positions require judgment, and although management believes that adequate provisions have been made for such issues, there is the possibility that the ultimate resolution of such issues could have an adverse effect on the earnings and cash flow of Kodak.

Kodak’s business, financial position, results of operations, cash flows and reputation may be negatively impacted by legal matters.

Kodak has various contingencies which are not reflected on its balance sheet, including those arising as a result of being involved from time to time in a variety of claims, lawsuits, investigations, remediations and proceedings concerning:  commercial, tax, tort, customs, employment, health and safety and intellectual property matters, licensee activities, and compliance with various domestic and international laws and regulations.  Should developments in any of these matters cause a change in its determination as to an unfavorable outcome and result in the need to recognize a material accrual or should any of these matters result in a final adverse judgment or be settled for significant amounts, they could have a material adverse effect on its business, financial position, results of operations, and cash flows.

Regulations related to “conflict minerals” may require Kodak to incur additional expenses and could limit the supply and increase the cost of certain metals used in manufacturing Kodak’s products.

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act contains provisions to improve transparency and accountability concerning the supply of minerals originating from the conflict zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) and adjoining countries.

 

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As a result, in August 2012, the SEC adopted rules requiring disclosure related to sourcing of specified minerals, known as “conflict minerals,” which are necessary to the functionality or production of products manufactured or contracted to be manufactured by public companies. Kodak has designed its overall conflict minerals policies and procedures to be consistent with the guidance issued by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) and continues to perform due diligence on its supply chain.  Kodak filed its most recent Conflict Minerals Disclosure report for the reporting period from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 on May 31, 2019.  As of the date of the report, Kodak determined certain of its products contain such specified minerals but was unable to determine whether or not such minerals originate from the DRC or an adjoining country.  Kodak may incur additional costs to comply with these disclosure requirements, including costs related to determining the sources of the specified minerals used in its products, in addition to the cost of any changes to products, processes, or sources of supply as a consequence of such verification activities, which may adversely affect its business. In addition, the number of suppliers who provide “conflict-free” minerals may be limited, which may make it difficult to satisfy customers who require all of the components of its products be certified as conflict-free, which could place it at a competitive disadvantage if it is unable to do so. Because Kodak’s supply chain is complex, it may also not be able to sufficiently verify the origins of the relevant minerals used in its products through its due diligence procedures, which may harm its reputation.

Risks Related to the Company’s Indebtedness and Access to Capital Markets

There can be no assurance the Company will be able to comply with the terms of its various credit facilities.

A breach of any of the financial or other covenants contained in the ABL Credit Agreement or the Convertible Notes could result in an event of default under these facilities.

If any default or event of default occurs under the ABL Credit Agreement and the Company is not able to either cure it or obtain a waiver from the requisite lenders under the ABL Credit Agreement, the administrative agent under the ABL Credit Agreement may, and at the request of the requisite lenders for that facility must, declare all of the Company’s outstanding obligations under the ABL Credit Agreement, together with accrued interest and fees, to be immediately due and payable.  In addition, the agent under the ABL Credit Agreement may, and at the request of the requisite lenders must, terminate the lenders’ commitments under that facility and cease making further loans. If any default or event of default occurs under the Convertible Notes and the Company is not able to either cure it or obtain a waiver from the holders of the Convertible Notes, such holders may declare all of the Company’s outstanding obligations under the Convertible Notes, together with accrued interest and fees, to be immediately due and payable.  If applicable, the administrative agent under the ABL Credit Agreement and the collateral agent for the Convertible Notes could institute foreclosure proceedings against the pledged assets. Any of these outcomes would likely have an adverse effect on the Company’s operations and its ability to satisfy its obligations as they come due.

On March 6, 2020 Kodak obtained a waiver from the agent and lenders under the ABL Credit Agreement with respect to any event of default under the reporting covenant in the ABL Credit Agreement that may be deemed to occur in relation to the going concern explanatory paragraph contained in the audit report on Kodak’s financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2019. There can be no assurance that Kodak will be able to obtain such a waiver if a going concern explanatory paragraph is contained in the audit report with respect to Kodak’s annual financial statements for future years.  In the absence of such a waiver, the agent or lenders under the ABL Credit Agreement may take the position that such explanatory paragraph constitutes a default under the reporting covenant in the ABL Credit Agreement.  For more information on the reporting covenants under the Credit Agreements and the potential impact of the explanatory paragraph in the audit report refer to Item 2. “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Liquidity and Capital Resources—Sources of Liquidity.”

Kodak may require additional capital funding and such capital may not be available to it and/or may be limited.

Because of Kodak’s current non-investment grade credit rating and financial condition, and/or general conditions in the financial and credit markets, its access to the capital markets is limited. Moreover, the urgency of a capital-raising transaction may require it to pursue additional capital at an inopportune time or unattractive cost.  The Company has issued approximately $80 million and $85 million of letters of credit under the ABL Credit Agreement as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.  The maturity date of the ABL Credit Agreement is May 26, 2021.  Upon the earlier of the maturity date or the termination of the revolving credit commitments under the ABL Credit Agreement, the obligations thereunder will become due and the Company will need to provide alternate collateral in place of the letters of credit issued under the ABL Credit Agreement.

Kodak’s ability to obtain capital and the costs of such capital are dependent on numerous factors, including:

 

covenants in the ABL Credit Agreement and Convertible Notes;

 

obtaining a consent from the holders of Series A Preferred Stock for the issuance of additional preferred shares which rank senior or pari passu to the Series A Preferred Stock;

 

investor confidence in Kodak and the markets in which it operates;

 

its financial performance and projected financial performance and the financial performance and projected financial performance of its subsidiaries;

 

its levels of debt and redemption obligations, including the maturity of the Convertible Notes on November 1, 2021, unless extended in accordance with their terms, and the mandatory redemption of the Series A Preferred Stock on November 15, 2021;

 

its ability to generate positive cash flow;

 

its ability to consummate monetization transactions including asset sales;

 

its requirements for posting collateral under various commercial agreements;

 

its credit ratings;

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its long-term business prospects; and

 

general economic and capital market conditions.

Kodak may not be successful in obtaining additional capital for these or other reasons. An inability to access capital is likely to limit its ability to meet its operating needs and, as a result, may have a material adverse effect on its financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.  In particular, Kodak does not have committed refinancing or the liquidity to meet the debt obligations under the Convertible Notes and ABL Credit Agreement or the redemption obligations under the Series A Preferred Stock if they were to become due in accordance with their current terms, and there are no assurances Kodak will be able to amend, extend, refinance or repay the loans under the Convertible Notes, the redemption obligations under the Series A Preferred Stock or, as necessary, its obligations under the ABL Credit Agreement before they become due.  If Kodak is unable to amend, extend or refinance the obligations under the Convertible Notes, ABL Credit Agreement or Series A Preferred Stock before they become due, its ability to continue as a going concern would likely be impaired.

The current non-investment grade status and Kodak’s financial condition may adversely impact Kodak’s commercial operations, increase its liquidity requirements and increase the cost of refinancing opportunities. It may not have adequate liquidity to post required amounts of additional collateral.

The Company’s corporate family credit rating is currently below investment grade and there are no assurances its credit ratings will improve, or they will not decline, in the future.  In addition, the Company may not continue to maintain credit ratings from the recognized rating agencies.  

Its credit ratings and financial condition may affect the evaluation of its creditworthiness by trading counterparties and lenders, which could put it at a disadvantage to competitors with higher or investment grade ratings.

In carrying out its commercial business strategy, the current non-investment grade credit ratings have resulted and will likely continue to result in requirements that Kodak either prepay obligations or post significant amounts of collateral to support its business. Additionally, Kodak’s current non-investment grade credit rating and financial condition may limit its ability to obtain additional sources of liquidity, refinance its debt obligations, including any mandatory redemption of its Series A Preferred Stock, or access the capital markets at the lower borrowing costs which would presumably be available to competitors with a higher or investment grade rating or stronger financial condition.

Should its ratings continue at their current levels, or should its ratings be further downgraded, it would expect these negative effects to continue and, in the case of a downgrade, become more pronounced.  In particular, given the Company’s current credit ratings it would be required, if requested, to provide up to $13 million of additional letters of credit to the issuers of certain surety bonds to fully collateralize such bonds.

The availability of borrowings and letters of credit under the ABL Credit Agreement is limited by the amount of various types of assets and, under certain circumstances, the administrative agent under the ABL Credit Agreement will have greater control over Kodak’s cash.

Availability under the Company’s ABL Credit Agreement is based on the amount of Eligible Receivables, Eligible Inventory, Eligible Machinery and Equipment and Eligible Cash less specified reserves as described in Note 9, “Debt and Finance Leases” to the consolidated financial statements.  Kodak’s U.S. Accounts Receivable and Inventory levels have declined over the past four years, and Machinery and Equipment for purposes of the ABL Credit Agreement amortizes down by $1 million per quarter.  If Eligible Receivables, Eligible Inventory and Eligible Machinery and Equipment continue to decline and an asset base cannot be maintained to support the $80 million of outstanding letters of credit and the $15 million of Excess Availability required under the ABL Credit Agreement,  the Company would be required to increase restricted cash deposited in the Eligible Cash account or remain in compliance with the ABL Credit Agreement’s Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio and operate under cash dominion by the administrative agent under the ABL Credit Agreement.  Additional cash deposited in the Eligible Cash account would be classified as restricted cash and would not be available to support ongoing working capital and investment needs.

If the administrative agent under the ABL Credit Agreement executed cash dominion, it would increase operational complexities for the Company.  An event of default would occur under these circumstances if neither of these alternatives were achieved.

The Company’s substantial monetary obligations require a portion of its cash flow be used to fund other obligations rather than be invested in the business and could adversely affect its ability to fund its operations.

The Company’s indebtedness under the Convertible Notes and ABL Credit Agreement and its other obligations including the potential mandatory redemption of the Series A Preferred Stock could have important negative consequences to the Company and investors in its securities. These include the following:

 

it may not be able to satisfy all of its obligations, including, but not limited to, its obligations under the Convertible Notes and the ABL Credit Agreement, which may cause a cross-default or cross-acceleration on other debt it may have incurred;

 

it could have difficulties obtaining necessary financing in the future for working capital, capital expenditures, debt service requirements, mandatory redemption of the Series A Preferred Stock, refinancing or other purposes;

 

it will have to use a significant part of its cash flow or cash balances to make payments on its debt or Series A Preferred Stock and to satisfy the other obligations set forth above, which may reduce the capital available for operations and expansion; and

 

adverse economic or industry conditions may have more of a negative impact.

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The Company cannot be sure cash generated from its business will be as high as it expects, or its expenses will not be higher than it expects. Because a portion of its expenses are fixed in any given year, its operating cash flow margins are highly dependent on revenues, which are largely driven by customer demand. A lower amount of cash generated from its business or higher expenses than expected, when coupled with its debt obligations, could adversely affect its ability to fund its operations.

Risks Related to the Company’s Common Stock

The conversion of the Convertible Notes or the Company’s Series A Preferred Stock into shares of the Company’s common stock may dilute the value for the current holders of the Company’s common stock.

The Convertible Notes are convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at a conversion rate of 314.9785 shares of common stock per $1,000 principal amount of Convertible Notes, and the 2,000,000 outstanding shares of the Company’s Series A Preferred Stock are convertible into shares of the Company’s common stock at a conversion rate of 5.7471 shares of common stock per share of Series A Preferred Stock.  As a result of the conversion of any issued and outstanding Convertible Notes or Series A Preferred Stock, the Company’s existing shareholders will own a smaller percentage of its outstanding common stock. Based on the capitalization of the Company as of December 31, 2020, the conversion of all Convertible Notes would result in the issuance to holders thereof of approximately 42% of the outstanding common stock after giving effect to such conversion, the conversion of all shares of the Series A Preferred Stock would result in the issuance to holders thereof of approximately 21% of the outstanding common stock after giving effect to such conversion, and the conversion of all Convertible Notes and all shares of the Series A Preferred Stock would result in the issuance to holders thereof of approximately 50% of the outstanding common stock after giving effect to such conversion.  Further, additional shares of common stock may be issuable pursuant to certain other features of the Convertible Notes and Series A Preferred Stock, with such issuances being further dilutive to existing holders of common stock.

If Convertible Notes or shares of Series A Preferred Stock are converted into common stock, holders of such converted common stock will be entitled to the same dividend and distribution rights as holders of the common stock currently authorized and outstanding. As such, another dilutive effect resulting from the conversion of any issued and outstanding Convertible Notes or shares of Series A Preferred Stock will be a dilution to dividends and distributions.

Holders of the Company’s common stock will not realize any dilution in their ownership, dividend or distribution rights solely as a result of the reservation of any shares of common stock for issuance upon conversion of the Convertible Notes or Series A Preferred Stock or for issuance of additional shares of common stock pursuant to certain other features of the Convertible Notes or Series A Preferred Stock, but will experience such dilution to the extent additional shares of common stock are issued in the future as described above.

The holders of the Company’s Series A Preferred Stock and Convertible Notes own a large portion of the voting power of the Company’s outstanding securities and have the right to nominate two members to the Company’s Board. As a result, these holders may influence the composition of the Board and future actions taken by the Board.

The holders of the Company’s Series A Preferred Stock are entitled to vote upon all matters upon which holders of the Company’s common stock have the right to vote and are entitled to the number of votes equal to the number of full shares of common stock into which such shares of Series A Preferred Stock could be converted at the then applicable conversion rate. These holders currently hold approximately 30% of the voting power of the Company on an as-converted basis. These holders also hold all of the Convertible Notes.  If the holders converted all of the Convertible Notes, the holders would hold approximately 56% of the voting power of the Company on an as-converted basis and such conversion may constitute a change in control of the Company.  As a result, these holders may have the ability to influence future actions by the Company requiring shareholder approval.  The Company and these holders are parties to a Shareholder Agreement that contains certain restrictions on disposition or acquisition of Company securities and other actions by these holders, some of which restrictions will expire on April 17, 2020.

Further, for as long as they hold any shares of Series A Preferred Stock, the current holders of the Series A Preferred Stock are entitled to nominate for election (collectively and not individually) at the Company’s annual meeting of shareholders a number of directors to the board of directors of the Company (the “Board”) commensurate with their ownership percentage of common stock on an as-converted basis. Two of the Company’s current Board members were nominated by these current holders, who also have the right to fill vacancies on the Board created by one of their nominees ceasing to serve on the Board. The nomination and other rights regarding the Board granted to the current holders of Series A Preferred Stock are not transferrable to any other person.

Also, whenever dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock are in arrears for six or more dividend periods, the holders of Series A Preferred Stock (voting with holders of all other classes of preferred stock of the Company whose voting rights are then exercisable) are entitled to vote for the election of two additional directors at the Company’s next annual meeting and all subsequent meetings until all accumulated dividends on such Series A Preferred Stock and other voting preferred stock have been paid or set aside (during which time the number of directors the current holders of Series A Preferred Stock are entitled to nominate under the Purchase Agreement will be reduced by two). As a result, the presence of directors on the Board nominated by the current holders of Series A Preferred Stock or elected by the holders of Series A Preferred Stock would enable such current holders or the holders of Series A Preferred Stock to influence the composition of the Board and, in turn, potentially influence and impact future actions taken by the Board. As of February 1, 2020, the Company is in arrears for four dividend payments.

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The Company has registered the resale of a large portion of its outstanding securities.  The resale of the Company’s common stock, or the perception that such resale may occur, may adversely affect the price of its common stock.

In compliance with two Registration Rights Agreements to which the Company is a party, it has registered the resale of an aggregate of 20,723,050 shares of outstanding common stock, 2,000,000 shares of outstanding Series A Preferred Stock, and 11,494,200 shares of common stock, subject to anti-dilution adjustments, issuable upon the conversion of outstanding Series A Preferred Stock.  The Company is also a party to a Registration Rights Agreement pursuant to which it is obligated under defined circumstances to register for resale the shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Convertible Notes.  The resale of a substantial number of shares of common stock in the public market, or the perception that such resale might occur, could cause the market price of the Company’s common stock to decline. Under the terms of the Registration Rights Agreements to which the Company is subject, the counterparties to such Registration Rights Agreements can, in certain circumstances, require the Company to participate in an underwritten public offering of the registered securities. Any shares sold in a registered resale will be freely tradable without restriction under the Securities Act. While the Company cannot predict the size of future resales or distributions of its common stock, if there is a perception that such resales or distributions could occur, or if the holders of the Company’s securities registered for resale sell a large number of the registered securities, the market price for the Company’s common stock could be adversely affected.

The resale of a significant portion of the Company’s securities registered for resale or certain accumulations or transfers of the Company’s securities could result in a change of control of the Company and the loss of favorable tax attributes.

The Company has registered the resale of securities representing approximately 59% of its outstanding shares of common stock assuming the issuance of all common stock issuable upon the conversion of the Series A Preferred Stock, and, if it is required to register the common stock issuable upon the conversion of the Convertible Notes, the Company will have registered the resale of securities representing approximately 74% of its outstanding shares of common stock assuming the issuance of all common stock issuable upon the conversion of the Series A Preferred Stock and Convertible Notes.  

 

Although the holders of the subject securities consist of several unaffiliated groups, these holders collectively have a controlling influence over all matters presented to the Company’s shareholders for approval, including election of members to the Board and change of control transactions. In addition, the holders of subject securities collectively would be able to cause a change of control of the Company by selling a sufficient portion of the Company’s securities held by them.

If such a transaction, in combination with other transactions including the issuance of the Series A Preferred Stock and Convertible Notes, the conversion of such securities, the redemption, refinancing, extension or amendment of the Series A Preferred Stock, or future issuances of securities by the Company, were to result in an “ownership change” as determined under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, then the Company’s ability to offset taxable income with tax attributes generated prior to the ownership change date could be limited, possibly substantially.  For more information on the Company’s tax attributes refer to Note 18, “Income Taxes”.  The interests of the holders of the securities registered for resale may not always coincide with the interests of the other holders of our common stock.

 

The Company’s stock price has been and may continue to be volatile.

The market price of the Company’s common stock has fluctuated substantially and may continue to fluctuate significantly. Future announcements or disclosures concerning the Company, its strategic initiatives, its sales and profitability, and quarterly variations in actual or anticipated operating results or comparable sales, any failure to meet analysts’ expectations and sales of large blocks of its common stock, among other factors, could cause the market price of its common stock to fluctuate substantially.

ITEM 1B.UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

None.

ITEM 2.

PROPERTIES

 

Kodak's worldwide headquarters is located in Rochester, New York.

 

Kodak owns 12 million square feet and leases, as a lessee, approximately 1 million square feet of space that includes administrative, research and development, manufacturing and marketing facilities in several worldwide locations.  Out of the owned space, Kodak leases out approximately 1 million square feet to third party tenants.  The leases are for various periods and are generally renewable.

 

Kodak’s principal manufacturing facilities, by segment, are listed below.  Properties in a location may be shared by all segments operating in that location.

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Enterprise Inkjet Systems

 

Print Systems

 

Kodak Software

Rochester, New York, USA

 

Rochester, New York, USA

 

Vancouver, Canada

Dayton, Ohio, USA

 

Columbus, Georgia, USA

 

(software development)

Shanghai, China

 

Osterode, Germany

 

Shanghai, China

 

 

Gunma, Japan

 

 

Brand, Film and Imaging

 

Shanghai, China

 

Advanced Materials and

Rochester, New York, USA

 

Vancouver, Canada

 

3D Printing Technology

 

 

 

 

Rochester, New York, USA

Regional distribution centers are located in various places within and outside of the United States.  

Research and development is headquartered at the Kodak Research Laboratories which is part of the Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York, where Kodak conducts research and files patent applications with fundamental inventions.  Other U.S. research and development groups are located in Dayton, Ohio and Columbus, Georgia.  Outside the U.S., research and development groups are located in Canada, Israel, Germany, Japan and China.  The research and development groups work in close cooperation with manufacturing units and marketing organizations to develop new products and applications to serve both existing and new markets.

Kodak has excess capacity in some locations.  Kodak is pursuing monetizing its excess capacity by selling or leasing the associated properties.

ITEM 3.

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

Kodak’s Brazilian operations are involved in various litigation matters and have received or been the subject of numerous governmental assessments related to indirect and other taxes in various stages of litigation, as well as civil litigation and disputes associated with former employees and contract labor.  

The tax matters, which comprise the majority of the litigation matters, are primarily related to federal and state value-added taxes and income taxes.  Kodak’s Brazilian operations are disputing these matters and intend to vigorously defend their position.  Kodak routinely assesses these matters as to the probability of ultimately incurring a liability in its Brazilian operations and records its best estimate of the ultimate loss in situations where it assesses the likelihood of loss as probable.  As of December 31, 2019, Kodak’s Brazilian operations maintained accruals of approximately $3 million for claims aggregating approximately $149 million inclusive of interest and penalties where appropriate.  In connection with assessments and litigation in Brazil, local regulations may require Kodak’s Brazilian operations to post security for a portion of the amounts in dispute.  Generally, any encumbrances of the Brazilian assets would be removed to the extent the matter is resolved in Kodak’s favor.

Kodak is involved in various lawsuits, claims, investigations, remediations and proceedings, including, from time to time, commercial, customs, employment, environmental, tort and health and safety matters, which are being handled and defended in the ordinary course of business. Kodak is also subject, from time to time, to various assertions, claims, proceedings and requests for indemnification concerning intellectual property, including patent infringement suits involving technologies that are incorporated in a broad spectrum of Kodak’s products and claims arising out of Kodak’s licensing its brand. These matters are in various stages of investigation and litigation and are being vigorously defended. Based on information currently available, Kodak does not believe that it is probable that the outcomes in any of these matters, individually or collectively, will have a material adverse effect on its financial condition or results of operations.

Litigation is inherently unpredictable, and judgments could be rendered or settlements entered that could adversely affect Kodak’s operating results or cash flows in a particular period.  Kodak routinely assesses all of its litigation and threatened litigation as to the probability of ultimately incurring a liability and records its best estimate of the ultimate loss in situations where it assesses the likelihood of loss as probable.

ITEM 4.

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

None.

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INFORMATION ABOUT ITS EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Pursuant to General Instructions G (3) of Form 10-K, the following list is included as an unnumbered item in Part I of this report in lieu of being included in the Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

 

Name

Age

 

Positions Held

James V. Continenza

57

 

Executive Chairman

David E. Bullwinkle

45

 

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

Roger W. Byrd

54

 

General Counsel, Secretary and Senior Vice President

John O'Grady

56

 

Vice President

Eric H. Samuels

52

 

Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller

Terry R. Taber

65

 

Vice President

Randy D. Vandagriff

57

 

Vice President

 

The executive officers' biographies follow:

James V. Continenza

Jim Continenza leads the transformation of Kodak as Executive Chairman. He was appointed to that position by the Board of Directors on February 20, 2019. Continenza joined the Board of Directors of Kodak in April 2013 and became Chairman of the Board in September 2013.

Continenza brings a proven track record of guiding leading technology companies through transformations. Since September 2012, Continenza has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vivial, Inc., a privately-held marketing technology and communications company. He has also held leadership roles at STi Prepaid, LLC, a telecommunications company; Anchor Glass Container Corp., a leading manufacturer of glass containers; Teligent, Inc., a provider of communications services including voice, data, and internet access; Lucent Technologies Product Finance, a global leader in telecom equipment; and AT&T.

In addition to his management experience, Continenza currently serves on the board of Cenveo Corporation, an industry leader in transformative publishing solutions, and on the board of Merrill Corporation LLC.  He has also served on the boards of NII Holdings, Inc., Tembec, Inc. and Neff Corporation. He also serves or has served on the boards of a number of private companies.

David E. Bullwinkle

Dave Bullwinkle is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Kodak.  The Board of Directors elected Bullwinkle to this position effective July 2016.  Effective November 6, 2018, Bullwinkle is President of the Eastman Business Park Division.  Bullwinkle is responsible for advancing the growth strategy for Eastman Business Park and leading Kodak’s worldwide finance, corporate development, internal audit and purchasing teams.  Bullwinkle reports to Executive Chairman Jim Continenza.

Bullwinkle joined Kodak in 2004 and has worked in several financial management roles at the company including Worldwide BU Controller, Assistant Corporate Controller and External Reporting Manager. He served as the Director of Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis and Vice President, Finance at Kodak from November 2010 to June 2016, and Director of Investor Relations from August 2013 to June 2016.  

Prior to joining Kodak, Bullwinkle worked as the Manager of Financial Reporting at Birds Eye Foods, Inc. and previously at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1996 to 2002 in various roles including serving as an Assurance Manager.

Bullwinkle has an MBA from St. John Fisher College and Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from SUNY Geneseo. Bullwinkle is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.

Roger W. Byrd

Roger Byrd was appointed General Counsel, Secretary and Senior Vice President of Kodak in January 2019. He is responsible for leading the company's global legal function and for providing legal guidance to senior leadership and the Board of Directors. He also oversees the corporate development function.  Byrd reports to Executive Chairman Jim Continenza.

Byrd joined Kodak in 2014 as Assistant General Counsel and Vice President, Legal Department and while at Kodak has focused on M&A and financing transactions, joint ventures, and other strategic initiatives.  Byrd has also been active in providing credit agreement compliance, securities reporting and corporate governance support to the Company. The Board of Directors elected him to Senior Vice President and Secretary in January 2019.

Prior to joining Kodak, Byrd was a Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP.  During his 23-year career at Nixon Peabody, he represented a broad range of clients in connection with a variety of M&A, financing and other corporate transactions. Byrd also served as General Counsel at Choice One Communications, Inc. from 2005 – 2006, a competitive local exchange carrier.

Byrd received a B.S. degree in accounting from Bob Jones University and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

 

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John O’Grady

Effective January 2020, John O’Grady is Senior Vice President of Print, with senior responsibilities relating to the Traditional Printing segment.  He reports to Executive Chairman Jim Continenza.

From April 24, 2018 to January 2020, O’Grady was President, Print Systems Division, which served graphic arts and commercial print customers with printing plates, computer to plate imaging solutions, electrophotographic printing solutions, OEM toner, and equipment services. From December 1, 2017 to April 24, 2018, O’Grady was President of Consumer Imaging Division.  In this role, he was responsible for motion picture and commercial films, synthetic chemicals, and consumer products, including products from Kodak brand licensees. From January 2016 to December 2017, O’Grady was General Manager, Worldwide Sales, Print Systems Division, responsible for managing the sales, service and regional marketing for the Print Systems Division on a worldwide basis in addition to the go-to-market back office operations for Kodak.  From January 2015 to December 2015, O’Grady was Managing Director of the Europe, United States and Canada, Australia and New Zealand (EUCAN) Region.  From December 2010 to December 2014, he was Managing Director, U.S. & Canada Region.  From December 2008 to December 2010, O’Grady was Regional Managing Director, Europe, Africa and Middle East Region (EAMER) and Chairman Eastman Kodak Sàrl, and from May 2007 to December 2008, he was Managing Director, EAMER, Consumer Businesses.  O’Grady has served as a corporate vice president since March 2007, including as a senior vice president from August 2016 through February 2020.

O’Grady joined Kodak in 1997 and has held key business development and regional management positions in Kodak’s digital imaging businesses.

Prior to joining Kodak, O’Grady had a 12-year career at Verbatim.

O’Grady graduated from the University of Limerick in Ireland with a B.S. degree in Electronics.

Eric H. Samuels

Eric Samuels was appointed Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in July 2009.  Samuels previously served as the Company’s Assistant Corporate Controller and brings to his position more than 20 years of leadership experience in corporate finance and public accounting. He joined Kodak in 2004 as Director, Accounting Research and Policy. Samuels reports to Chief Financial Officer David Bullwinkle.

Prior to joining Kodak, Samuels had a 14-year career in public accounting during which he served as a senior manager at KPMG LLP's Department of Professional Practice (National Office) in New York City. Prior to joining KPMG in 1996, he worked in Ernst & Young's New York City office.

Samuels has a B.S. degree in business economics from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.  He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Terry R. Taber, PhD

Terry Taber has served as Kodak’s Chief Technical Officer since January 2009.  Effective January 2020, he is Senior Vice President of Advanced Materials and Chemicals, with senior responsibilities relating to that segment. He reports to Executive Chairman Jim Continenza.

From May 1, 2017 to January 2020, Taber was President of the Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Technology Division which contained the research laboratories and included licensing as well as new business development activities related to Kodak’s patents and proprietary technology, and focused on opportunities in smart material applications, printed electronics markets and 3D printing materials.

From January 1, 2015 to May 1, 2017, Taber was President of the Intellectual Property Solutions Division.  From January 2007 to December 2008 he was the Chief Operating Officer of Kodak’s Image Sensor Solutions (“ISS”) business, a leading developer of advanced CCD and CMOS sensors serving imaging and industrial markets, and prior to Terry’s role with ISS, he held a series of senior positions in Kodak’s research and development and product organizations.  Taber has served as a corporate vice president since December 2008, including as a senior vice president from December 2010 through February 2020.  

During his more than 35 years at Kodak, Taber has been involved in new materials research, product development and commercialization, manufacturing, and executive positions in R&D and business management.  Taber’s early responsibilities included research on new synthetic materials, an area in which he holds several patents, program manager for several film products, worldwide consumer film business product manager, Associate Director of R&D and director of Materials & Media R&D.

Taber received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.  He also received an M.S. in General Management from MIT as a Kodak Sloan Fellow.  In past board service, he was a founding Board Member of the Innovation & Material Sciences Institute and served on the Executive Advisory Board of FIRST Rochester (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  Taber currently serves on the George Eastman Museum Board, effective June 2018.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Trustees for Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary.

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Randy D. Vandagriff

Effective January 2020, Randy D. Vandagriff is Senior Vice President of Print, with senior responsibilities relating to the Digital Print segment. He reports to Executive Chairman Jim Continenza.

From May 1, 2017 to January 2020, Vandagriff was President, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division, responsible for delivering commercial inkjet technology, printers and solutions to the market. Vandagriff has spent his 37-year career innovating inkjet technology for the printing market. From January 2004 to August 2012, Vandagriff was Vice President, Research and Development for Kodak Versamark, responsible for leading a worldwide R&D organization responsible for developing four generations of inkjet technologies and delivering industry-leading performance, including Kodak Stream and ULTRASTREAM inkjet technologies. From January 2015 to May 2017, Vandagriff led the Kodak Creo Server business located in Tel Aviv, Israel.  He has served as a corporate vice president since May 2017.

In addition to his strong product development capabilities, Vandagriff has traveled internationally, working with key Kodak customers to successfully implement commercial inkjet into their production processes. His respected knowledge, broad background, and deep industry network has contributed to making Kodak the world’s leader in high volume variable printing solutions.

Vandagriff holds an MBA degree from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Wright State University.

 

 

PART II

 

ITEM 5.

MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

The Company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol “KODK”.

 

There were 2,317 shareholders of record of common stock on December 31, 2019.

 

Information regarding securities authorized for issuance under equity compensation plans is included in Item 12. “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters” under the caption “Equity Compensation Plan Information.”

 

DIVIDEND INFORMATION

 

No dividends on common stock were declared or paid during 2019 or 2018.

 

Dividends for common shareholders may be restricted under Kodak’s ABL Credit Agreement, the Convertible Notes and the Series A Preferred Stock.  Refer to Note 9, “Debt and Finance Leases,” and Note 10, “Redeemable, Convertible Series A Preferred Stock” in the Notes to Financial Statements.

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ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES DURING THE QUARTER ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019 (1)

 

 

 

Total Number

of Shares

Purchased

 

 

Average

Price Paid

per Share

 

 

Total Number of Shares

Purchased as Part of

Publicly Announced Plans

or Programs (2)

 

Maximum That May

Be Purchased

under the Plans or

Programs

October 1 through 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

 

N/A

November 1 through 30, 2019

 

 

1,383

 

 

 

3.37

 

 

N/A

 

N/A

December 1 through 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

 

N/A

Total

 

 

1,383

 

 

 

3.37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

These purchases were made to satisfy tax withholding obligations in connection with the vesting of restricted stock units issued to employees.

 

(2)

Kodak does not have a publicly announced repurchase plan or program.

 

ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

Kodak is a smaller reporting company as defined by Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act and is not required to provide the information under this item.

 

 

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A”) is intended to help the reader understand the results of operations and financial condition of Kodak for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018.  All references to Notes relate to Notes to the Financial Statements in Item 8. “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SAFE HARBOR PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995

This report on Form 10-K includes "forward–looking statements" as that term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

 

Forward–looking statements include statements concerning Kodak’s plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, future revenue or performance, capital expenditures, liquidity, investments, financing needs and business trends and other information that is not historical information. When used in this document, the words “estimates,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends,” “believes,” “predicts,” “forecasts,” “strategy,” “continues,” “goals,” “targets” or future or conditional verbs, such as “will,” “should,” “could,” or “may,” and similar expressions, as well as statements that do not relate strictly to historical or current facts, are intended to identify forward–looking statements. All forward–looking statements, including management’s examination of historical operating trends and data, are based upon Kodak’s expectations and various assumptions. Future events or results may differ from those anticipated or expressed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, among others, the risks and uncertainties described in more detail in this report on Form 10–K under the headings “Business,” “Risk Factors,” “Legal Proceedings” and/or “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations–Liquidity and Capital Resources,” and in other filings the Company makes with the SEC from time to time, as well as the following:

 

Kodak’s ability to improve and sustain its operating structure, cash flow, profitability and other financial results;

 

Kodak’s ability to achieve cash forecasts, financial projections, and projected growth;

 

Kodak’s ability to achieve the financial and operational results contained in its business plans;

 

Kodak’s ability to comply with the covenants in its various credit facilities;

 

Kodak’s ability to fund continued investments, capital needs and restructuring payments and service its debt and Series A Preferred Stock;

 

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates, commodity prices and interest rates;

 

Kodak’s ability to effectively anticipate technology trends and develop and market new products, solutions and technologies;

 

Kodak’s ability to effectively compete with large, well-financed industry participants;

 

Continued sufficient availability of borrowings and letters of credit under the ABL Credit Agreement, Kodak’s ability to obtain additional financing if and as needed and Kodak’s ability to provide or facilitate financing for its customers;

 

The performance by third parties of their obligations to supply products, components or services to Kodak;

 

Kodak’s ability to effect strategic transactions, such as divestitures, acquisitions, strategic alliances and similar transactions, or to achieve the benefits sought to be achieved from such strategic transactions; and

 

The impact on Kodak of the global economic environment or medical epidemics such as the recent coronavirus outbreak.

There may be other factors that may cause Kodak’s actual results to differ materially from the forward–looking statements. All forward–looking statements attributable to Kodak or persons acting on its behalf apply only as of the date of this report on Form 10-K and are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements included in this document. Kodak undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward–looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

 

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

Revenue Recognition

 

Kodak's revenue transactions include sales of products (such as components and consumables for use in Kodak, and other manufacturers’ equipment, and film-based products), equipment, software, services, integrated solutions, and intellectual property and brand licensing.   Complex arrangements with nonstandard terms and conditions may require significant contract interpretation to determine the appropriate accounting, including the allocation of transaction price to the various performance obligations and determination of the stand-alone selling price of each performance obligation.  For equipment sales, revenue recognition may depend on completion of installation based on the type of equipment, level of customer specific customization and other contractual terms.  In instances in which the agreement with the customer contains a customer acceptance clause, revenue is deferred until customer acceptance is obtained, provided the customer acceptance clause is considered to be substantive.

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At the time revenue is recognized, Kodak also records reductions to revenue for customer incentive programs.  Such incentive programs include cash and volume discounts and promotional allowances.  For those incentives that require the estimation of sales volumes or redemption rates, such as for volume rebates, Kodak uses historical experience and both internal and customer data to estimate the sales incentive at the time revenue is recognized.  In the event that the actual results of these items differ from the estimates, adjustments to the sales incentive accruals are recorded.  Future market conditions and product transitions may require Kodak to take actions to increase customer incentive offers, possibly resulting in an incremental reduction of revenue at the time the incentive is offered.

 

Valuation and Useful Lives of Long-Lived Assets, Including Goodwill and Intangible Assets

 

Kodak performs a test for goodwill impairment annually and whenever events or changes in circumstances occur that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of the reporting unit below its carrying amount.

Goodwill is tested for impairment at a level of reporting referred to as a reporting unit, which is an operating segment or one level below an operating segment (a component) if the component constitutes a business for which discrete financial information is available and regularly reviewed by segment management.

 

The Print Systems segment has two goodwill reporting units: Prepress Solutions and Electrophotographic Printing Solutions.  The Brand, Film and Imaging segment has three goodwill reporting units, Motion Picture and Industrial Chemicals and Films; Consumer Products; and Kodak Technology Solutions and Kodak Services for Business.  The Enterprise Inkjet Systems segment, Kodak Software segment, Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Technology segment and Eastman Business Park segment all have one goodwill reporting unit.  As of December 31, 2019, goodwill is recorded in the Kodak Software and Consumer Products reporting units.  

 

Determining the fair value of a reporting unit involves the use of significant estimates and assumptions.  Kodak estimates the fair value of its reporting units using the guideline public company method and discounted cash flow method.  To estimate fair value utilizing the guideline public company method, Kodak applies valuation multiples, derived from the operating data of publicly-traded benchmark companies, to the same operating data of the reporting units.   The valuation multiples are based on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”).  To estimate fair value utilizing the discounted cash flow method, Kodak establishes an estimate of future cash flows for each reporting unit and discounts those estimated future cash flows to present value. 

 

Kodak performed a quantitative test of impairment for all reporting units for its annual goodwill impairment test as of December 31, 2019.  Kodak utilized the discounted cash flow method and guideline public company method to estimate the fair value of reporting units with goodwill.  For these reporting units, Kodak selected equal weighting of the guideline public company method and the discounted cash flow method as the valuation approaches produced comparable ranges of fair value.  Fair values for the other reporting units were estimated using the discounted cash flow method only.

To estimate fair value utilizing the discounted cash flow method, Kodak established an estimate of future cash flows for the period ranging from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024 and discounted the estimated future cash flows to present value. The expected cash flows were derived from earnings forecasts and assumptions regarding growth and margin projections, as applicable. The discount rates are estimated based on an after-tax weighted average cost of capital (“WACC”) for each reporting unit reflecting the rate of return that would be expected by a market participant.  The WACC also takes into consideration a company specific risk premium for each reporting unit reflecting the risk associated with the overall uncertainty of the financial projections.  Discount rates of 13% to 55% were utilized in the valuation based on Kodak’s best estimates of the after-tax weighted-average cost of capital of each reporting unit.

A terminal value was included for all reporting units, except Kodak Technology Solutions and Kodak Services for Business, at the end of the cash flow projection period to reflect the remaining value that the reporting unit is expected to generate.  The terminal value was calculated using either the constant growth method (“CGM”) based on the cash flows of the final year of the discrete period or the H-model, which assumes the growth during the terminal period starts at a higher rate and declines in a linear manner over a specified transition period toward a stable growth rate.

Based upon the results of Kodak’s December 31, 2019 analysis, Kodak concluded that the fair value of the reporting units substantially exceeded their carrying values, therefore no impairment of goodwill was indicated.  Impairment of goodwill could occur in the future if a reporting unit’s fair value changes significantly, if Kodak’s market capitalization significantly declines, if a reporting unit’s carrying value changes materially compared with changes in its fair values, or as a result of changes in operating segments or reporting units.

 

The carrying value of the indefinite-lived intangible asset related to the Kodak trade name is evaluated for potential impairment annually or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that it is more likely than not that the asset is impaired.  

Kodak performed its annual test of impairment for the Kodak trade name as of December 31, 2019.  The fair value of the Kodak trade name was valued using the income approach, specifically the relief from royalty method based on the following significant assumptions: (a) forecasted revenues ranging from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024, including a terminal year with growth rates ranging from -3% to 2.5%; (b) an after-tax royalty rate of 0.4% of expected net sales determined with regard to comparable market transactions and profitability analysis; and (c) discount rates ranging from 17% to 30%, which were based on the after-tax weighted-average cost of capital.

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Based on the results of Kodak’s December 31, 2019 assessment, the carrying value of the Kodak trade name exceeded its fair value and Kodak recorded a pre-tax impairment charge of $4 million.  Impairment of the Kodak trade name could occur in the future if expected revenues decline or if there are significant changes in the discount rates or royalty rates.  A one percent increase in the discount rate and a 10 percent miss in expected revenues would impact the fair value of the Kodak trade name by $3 million.

Long-lived assets other than goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets are evaluated for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value may not be recoverable.  When evaluating long-lived assets for impairment, the carrying value of an asset group is compared to its estimated undiscounted future cash flows.  An impairment is indicated if the estimated future cash flows are less than the carrying value of the asset group.  The impairment is the excess of the carrying value over the fair value of the long-lived asset group.  Kodak recorded a $2 million pre-tax impairment charge related to one building no longer in use.

The value of property, plant, and equipment is depreciated over its expected useful life in such a way as to allocate it as equitably as possible to the periods during which services are obtained from their use, which aims to distribute the value over the remaining estimated useful life of the unit in a systematic and rational manner.  An estimate of useful life not only considers the economic life of the asset, but also the remaining life of the asset to the entity.  Impairment of long-lived assets other than goodwill and indefinite lived intangible assets could occur in the future if expected future cash flows decline or if there are significant changes in the estimated useful life of the assets.

 

Series A Preferred Stock and Convertible Notes Embedded Conversion Features and Term Extension Derivatives

 

On November 15, 2016, the Company issued 2,000,000 shares of Series A Preferred Stock no par value per share.  On May 24, 2019, the Company issued $100 million aggregate principal amount of Convertible Notes.  The Company concluded that the Series A Preferred Stock and Convertible Notes are considered more akin to debt-type instruments and that the economic characteristics and risks of the embedded conversion features and term extension at the Company’s option (in the case of the Convertible Notes), except where the conversion price is increased to the liquidation preference in the case of the Series A Preferred Stock, were not considered clearly and closely related to the Series A Preferred Stock or the Convertible Notes.  Accordingly, these embedded features were bifurcated from the Series A Preferred Stock and Convertible Notes and separately accounted for on a combined basis at fair value as two single derivatives.  The Company allocated $43 million of the net Series A Preferred Stock proceeds to the Series A Preferred Stock derivative liability based on the aggregate fair value of the embedded conversion features on the date of issuance which reduced the original carrying value of the Series A Preferred Stock.  The Company allocated $14 million of the net Convertible Notes proceeds to the Convertible Notes derivative liability based on the aggregate fair value of the embedded features on the date of issuance which reduced the original carrying value of the Convertible Notes.  The derivatives are being accounted for at fair value with subsequent changes in the fair value being reported as part of Other charges, net in the Consolidated Statement of Operations. The fair value of the Series A Preferred Stock derivative as of December 31, 2019 was a liability of $1 million and is included in Other long-term liabilities in the accompanying Consolidated Statement of Financial Position.  The fair value of the Series A Preferred Stock derivative as December 31, 2018 was an asset of $4 million and is included within Other long-term assets in the accompanying Consolidated Statement of Financial Position.  The fair value of the Convertible Notes derivative as of December 31, 2019 was a liability of $51 million and is included within Other long-term liabilities in the accompanying Consolidated Statement of Financial Position.

 

The fair value of the embedded conversion features and term extension option derivatives are calculated using unobservable inputs (Level 3 fair measurements).  The value of the Optional Conversion associated with both the Convertible Notes and Series A Preferred Stock is calculated using a binomial lattice model.  The value of the term extension option reflects the probability weighted average value of the Convertible Notes using the original maturity date and a hypothetical extended maturity date, with all other contractual terms unchanged.

 

The following tables present the key inputs in the determination of fair value for the embedded conversion features and termination option derivatives:

 

Convertible Notes:

 

 

Valuation Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 24,

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

2019

 

 

 

2019

 

 

(Inception)

 

Total value of embedded derivative liability (in millions)

 

$

51

 

 

$

14

 

Kodak's closing stock price

 

 

4.65

 

 

 

2.31

 

Expected stock price volatility

 

 

104.61

%

 

 

92.48

%

Risk free rate

 

 

1.58

%

 

 

2.13

%

Yield on the convertible notes

 

 

11.52

%

 

 

11.98

%

 


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Series A Preferred Stock:

 

 

 

Valuation Date

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Total value of embedded derivative liability (asset) (in millions)

 

$

1

 

 

$

(4

)

Kodak's closing stock price

 

 

4.65

 

 

 

2.55

 

Expected stock price volatility

 

 

104.61

%

 

 

95.55

%

Risk free rate

 

 

1.58

%

 

 

2.46

%

Yield on the preferred stock

 

 

16.27

%

 

 

23.77

%

The Fundamental Change and Reorganization Conversion values at issuance were calculated as the difference between the total value of the Convertible Notes or Series A Preferred Stock, as applicable, and the sum of the net present value of the cash flows if the Convertible Notes are repaid at their initial maturity date or Series A Preferred Stock is redeemed on its fifth anniversary and the values of the other embedded derivatives.  The Fundamental Change and Reorganization Conversion values reduce the value of the embedded conversion features and term extension option derivative liability.  Other than events which alter the likelihood of a fundamental change or reorganization event, the value of the Fundamental Change and Reorganization Conversion reflects the value as of the issuance date, amortized for the passage of time. The Fundamental Change and Reorganization Conversion value for the Series A Preferred Stock exceeded the value of the Optional Conversion and Mandatory Conversion values at December 31, 2018 resulting in the derivative being reported as an asset.

 

Taxes

 

Kodak recognizes deferred tax liabilities and assets for the expected future tax consequences of operating losses, credit carry-forwards and temporary differences between the carrying amounts and tax basis of Kodak’s assets and liabilities.  Kodak records a valuation allowance to reduce its net deferred tax assets to the amount that is more likely than not to be realized.  Kodak has considered forecasted earnings, future taxable income, the geographical mix of earnings in the jurisdictions in which Kodak operates and prudent and feasible tax planning strategies in determining the need for these valuation allowances.  As of December 31, 2019, Kodak has net deferred tax assets before valuation allowances of approximately $955 million and a valuation allowance related to those net deferred tax assets of approximately $821 million, resulting in net deferred tax assets of approximately $134 million.  The net deferred tax assets can be used to offset taxable income in future periods and reduce Kodak’s income tax payable in those future periods.  At this time, it is considered more likely than not that taxable income in the future will be sufficient to allow realization of these net deferred tax assets.  However, if Kodak is unable to generate sufficient taxable income, then a valuation allowance to reduce net deferred tax assets may be required, which could materially increase expenses in the period the valuation allowance is recognized.  Conversely, if Kodak were to make a determination that it is more likely than not that deferred tax assets, for which there is currently a valuation allowance, would be realized, the related valuation allowance would be reduced and a benefit to earnings would be recorded.  Kodak considers both positive and negative evidence in determining whether a valuation allowance is needed by territory, including, but not limited to, whether particular entities are in three-year cumulative income positions. During 2019 and 2018, Kodak determined that it was more likely than not that a portion of the deferred tax assets outside the U.S. would not be realized due to reduced sales volumes and profits in locations outside the U.S. and accordingly recorded a provision of $19 million and $15 million, respectively, associated with the establishment of a valuation allowance on those deferred tax assets.  Additionally, during 2018, Kodak determined that it was more likely than not that a portion of the deferred tax assets outside the U.S. would be realized as a result of increased profits in a location outside the U.S. and accordingly recorded a benefit of $4 million associated with the release of a valuation allowance on those deferred tax assets.  

 

Kodak may be able to make the determination that the realization of deferred tax assets in certain foreign jurisdictions is more likely than not in the future.  Kodak will continue to evaluate whether valuation allowances are needed, at a jurisdictional level, in future reporting periods. It is possible that sufficient positive evidence, including sustained profitability, may become available in future periods with respect to one or more jurisdictions to reach a conclusion that all or part of the valuation allowance with respect to such jurisdictions could be reversed.

 

Utilization of net operating losses (“NOL”) and tax credits may be subject to limitations in the event of significant changes in stock ownership of the Company in the future. Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, imposes annual limitations on the utilization of NOL carryforwards, other tax carryforwards, and certain built-in losses as defined under that Section, upon an ownership change. In general terms, an ownership change may result from transactions that increase the aggregate ownership of five percent stockholders in Kodak’s stock by more than 50 percentage points over a three-year testing period.  The Company has a relatively high concentration of stockholders that hold five percent or more of the outstanding stock.  Future transactions, when combined with reported transactions within the testing period, could aggregate an ownership change during the testing period in excess of 50 percentage points.  A Section 382 ownership change would significantly impair Kodak’s ability to utilize NOLs and tax credits in the U.S.  As of December 31, 2019, Kodak had available U.S. NOL carry-forwards for income tax purposes of approximately $753 million and unused foreign tax credits of $355 million.  Any impairment of these tax attributes would be fully offset by a corresponding decrease in Kodak’s U.S. valuation allowance, which would result in no net tax provision.

    

Kodak has deferred tax liabilities of $19 million and $22 million for potential taxes on undistributed earnings, including foreign withholding taxes, as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

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In general, the amount of tax expense or benefit from continuing operations is determined without regard to the tax effects of other categories of income or loss, such as Other comprehensive (loss) income.  However, an exception to this rule applies when there is a loss from continuing operations and income from items outside of continuing operations that must be considered.  This exception requires that income from discontinued operations, extraordinary items, and items charged or credited directly to other comprehensive income be considered in determining the amount of tax benefit that results from a loss in continuing operations.  This exception affects the allocation of the tax provision amongst categories of income.

 

Kodak operates within multiple taxing jurisdictions worldwide and is subject to audit in these jurisdictions.  These audits can involve complex issues, which may require an extended period of time for resolution.  Management’s ongoing assessments of the outcomes of these issues and related tax positions require judgment, and although management believes that adequate provisions have been made for such issues, there is the possibility that the ultimate resolution of such issues could have an adverse effect on the earnings of Kodak.  Conversely, if these issues are resolved favorably in the future, the related provisions would be reduced, thus having a positive impact on earnings.

 

Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits

 

Kodak’s defined benefit pension and other postretirement benefit costs and obligations are estimated using several key assumptions.  These assumptions, which are reviewed at least annually by Kodak, include the discount rate, long-term expected rate of return on plan assets (“EROA”), salary growth, healthcare cost trend rate, mortality trends and other economic and demographic factors.  Actual results that differ from Kodak’s assumptions are recorded as unrecognized gains and losses and are amortized to earnings over the estimated future service period of the active participants in the plan or, if the plan is almost entirely inactive, the average remaining lifetime expectancy of inactive participants, to the extent such total net unrecognized gains and losses exceed 10% of the greater of the plan's projected benefit obligation or the calculated value of plan assets.  Significant differences in actual experience or significant changes in future assumptions would affect Kodak’s pension and other postretirement benefit costs and obligations.

Asset and liability modeling studies are utilized by Kodak to adjust asset exposures and review a liability hedging program through the use of forward-looking correlation, risk and return estimates.  Those forward-looking estimates of correlation, risk and return generated from the modeling studies are also used to estimate the EROA.  The EROA is estimated utilizing a forward-looking building block model factoring in the expected risk of each asset category, return and correlation over a five to seven-year horizon, and weighting the exposures by the current asset allocation.  Historical inputs are utilized in the forecasting model to frame the current market environment with adjustments made based on the forward-looking view.  Kodak aggregates investments into major asset categories based on the underlying benchmark of the strategy.  Kodak’s asset categories include broadly diversified exposure to U.S. and non-U.S. equities, U.S. and non-U.S. government and corporate bonds, inflation-linked bonds, commodities and absolute return strategies.  Each allocation to these major asset categories is determined within the overall asset allocation to accomplish unique objectives, including enhancing portfolio return, providing portfolio diversification, or hedging plan liabilities.

The EROA, once set, is applied to the calculated value of plan assets in the determination of the expected return component of Kodak’s pension expense.  Kodak uses a calculated value of plan assets, which recognizes gains and losses in the fair value of assets over a four-year period, to calculate expected return on assets.   At December 31, 2019, the calculated value of the assets of Kodak’s major U.S. and non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans was approximately $4.1 billion and the fair value of the assets of Kodak’s major U.S. and non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans was approximately $4.3 billion.  Asset gains and losses that are not yet reflected in the calculated value of plan assets are not included in amortization of unrecognized gains and losses.

Kodak reviews its EROA assumption annually.  To facilitate this review, every three years, or when market conditions change materially, Kodak’s larger plans will undertake asset allocation or asset and liability modeling studies.  The weighted average EROA used to determine the 2019 net pension expense for major U.S. and non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans was 6.50% and 3.46%, respectively.

Generally, Kodak bases the discount rate assumption for its significant plans on high quality corporate bond yields in the respective countries as of the measurement date.  Specifically, for its U.S., Canadian, Euro-zone and UK plans, Kodak determines a discount rate using a cash flow model to incorporate the expected timing of benefit payments and an AA-rated corporate bond yield curve.  For Kodak's U.S. plans, the Citigroup Above Median Pension Discount Curve is used.  For Kodak’s other non-U.S. plans, discount rates are determined by comparison to published local high-quality bond yields or indices considering estimated plan duration and removing any outlying bonds, as warranted.

Kodak uses the spot yield curve approach to estimate the service and interest costs by applying the specific spot rates along the yield curve used to determine the benefit obligations to relevant projected cash outflows.

The salary growth assumptions are determined based on Kodak’s long-term actual experience and future and near-term outlook.  The healthcare cost trend rate assumptions are based on historical cost and payment data, the near-term outlook and an assessment of the likely long-term trends.

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The following table illustrates the sensitivity to a change to certain key assumptions used in the calculation of expense for the year ending December 31, 2020 and the projected benefit obligation (“PBO”) at December 31, 2019 for Kodak's major U.S. and non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans:

 

(in millions)

 

Impact on 2020

Pre-Tax Pension Expense

Increase (Decrease)

 

 

Impact on PBO

December 31, 2019

Increase (Decrease)

 

 

 

U.S.

 

 

Non-U.S.

 

 

U.S.

 

 

Non-U.S.

 

Change in assumption:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 basis point decrease in discount rate

 

$

4

 

 

$

 

 

$

76

 

 

$

24

 

25 basis point increase in discount rate

 

 

(4

)

 

 

 

 

 

(73

)

 

 

(23

)

25 basis point decrease in EROA

 

 

8

 

 

 

2

 

 

N/A

 

 

N/A

 

25 basis point increase in EROA

 

 

(8

)

 

 

(2

)

 

N/A

 

 

N/A

 

 

Total pension income from continuing operations before special termination benefits, curtailments and settlements for the major defined benefit pension plan in the U.S. was $89 million for 2019 and is expected to be approximately $90 million in 2020.  Pension income from continuing operations before special termination benefits, curtailments and settlements for the major non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans was $1 million for 2019 and is projected to be less than $1 million in 2020.

Inventories

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market.  Carrying values of excess and obsolete inventories are reduced to net realizable value.  Judgment is required to assess the ultimate demand for and realizable value of inventory.  The analysis of inventory carrying values considers several factors including length of time inventory is on hand, historical sales, product shelf life, product life cycle, product category, and product obsolescence.

Accounts Receivable Reserves

Accounts receivable reserves are based on historical collections experience as well as reserves for specific receivables deemed to be at risk for collection.  The collectability of customer receivables is reviewed on an ongoing basis considering past due invoices and the current creditworthiness of each customer.  Judgment is required in assessing the ultimate realization of accounts receivables.

New Accounting Pronouncements

A description of new accounting pronouncements is contained in Note 1, “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies”.

OVERVIEW

Revenue declined $78 million (6%) from 2018 to 2019.  Currency impacted revenue unfavorably in 2019 compared to 2018 ($27 million).

The film industry and segments within the print industry face competition from digital substitution.  Kodak’s strategy is to:

 

Focus product investment in core competency areas of print and advanced materials, leveraging Kodak’s proprietary technologies to deliver technologically advanced products in the product goods packaging, graphic communications, and functional printing markets;

 

Grow revenues through a focus on customers across Kodak’s print divisions, increasing overall share;

 

Promote the use of film and expand the applications of Kodak’s film and chemicals to best utilize the existing infrastructure; and

 

Continue to streamline processes to drive cost reductions and improve operating leverage.

 

A discussion of opportunities and challenges related to Kodak’s strategy follows:

 

 

Kodak has eliminated current debt service requirements by paying down the First Lien Term Credit Agreement using proceeds from the sale of the Flexographic Packaging segment (“FPD”) and refinancing the remaining balance through the issuance of convertible debt which does not require any debt service until conversion or maturity on November 1, 2021.  However, Kodak has significant cash requirements to fund ongoing operations, restructuring programs, pension and other postretirement obligations, and other obligations.  Kodak’s plans to return to positive cash flow include growing revenues profitably, reducing operating expenses, simplifying the organizational structure, generating cash from selling and leasing underutilized assets and focusing investment in core competency areas.

 

 

Print Systems’ digital plate products include traditional digital plates and KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates. SONORA process free plates allow Kodak customers to skip the plate processing step prior to mounting plates on a printing press.  This improvement in the printing process saves time and costs for customers.  

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Also, SONORA process free plates reduce the environmental impact of the printing process because they eliminate the use of chemicals (including solvents), water and power that is otherwise required to process a traditional plate.  While traditional digital plate offerings are experiencing pricing pressure, innovations in Kodak product lines which command premium prices, such as SONORA Process Free Plates, are expected to offset some of the long-term price erosion in the market and manufacturing efficiencies are expected to mitigate the impact on earnings from revenue declines.  Print Systems’ revenues accounted for 67% of Kodak’s total revenues in 2019.  Print Systems revenues declined $60 million in 2019.  Excluding licensing revenue ($13 million) from a strategic relationship established with Lucky HuaGuang Graphics Co. Ltd (“HuaGuang”) in the People’s Republic of China (refer to Note 30, “Assets Held for Sale”), Print Systems revenue declined $73 million (8%) in 2019 including the unfavorable impact of currency ($21 million).  Despite the revenue declines, segment earnings improved $13 million from 2018 to 2019 including the favorable impact of currency ($3 million), reflecting the HuaGuang license revenue and cost reductions partially offset by volume and pricing declines.

 

 

In Enterprise Inkjet Systems, the legacy Versamark business is expected to continue to decline as a percentage of the segment’s total revenue as the Prosper business continues to grow.  The Prosper Inkjet Systems business is expected to continue to build profitability.  Investment in the next generation technology, Ultrastream, is focused on the ability to place Ultrastream writing systems in original equipment manufacturers and direct sale press products that widen its reach into applications for packaging and décor and expand the substrate range to include plastics.  Enterprise Inkjet Systems’ revenue declined $8 million in 2019.  Segment earnings declined $9 million from 2018 to 2019 driven by equipment inventory write-downs due to more aggressive pricing in PROSPER systems intended to drive higher consumables volumes in the future.

 

 

The Kodak Software segment’s revenue declined $9 million (14%) in 2019 primarily reflecting volume declines.

 

 

Brand, Film and Imaging revenue was relatively flat, declining $1 million from 2018 to 2019.  The segment loss improved $9 million (41%) through cost improvements from 2018 to 2019.  Kodak plans to continue to promote the use of film to utilize as much film manufacturing capacity as possible.  

 

 

Film and related component manufacturing operations and Kodak Research Laboratories utilize capacity at Eastman Business Park (“EBP”), which helps cost absorption at EBP.

 

 

Kodak plans to capitalize on its intellectual property through new business or licensing opportunities, focusing on opportunities in smart material applications and printed electronics markets and also pursuing limited opportunities in 3D printing materials.

 

DETAILED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Net Revenues from Continuing Operations by Reportable Segment

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

(in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print Systems

 

$

836

 

 

$

896

 

Enterprise Inkjet Systems

 

 

128

 

 

 

136

 

Kodak Software

 

 

56

 

 

 

65

 

Brand, Film and Imaging

 

 

209

 

 

 

210

 

Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Technology

 

 

3

 

 

 

4

 

Eastman Business Park

 

 

10

 

 

 

9

 

Consolidated total

 

$

1,242

 

 

$

1,320

 

 

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Segment Operational EBITDA and Consolidated Loss from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

(in millions)

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Print Systems

 

$

41

 

 

$

28

 

Enterprise Inkjet Systems

 

 

(5

)

 

 

4

 

Kodak Software

 

 

2

 

 

 

7

 

Brand, Film and Imaging

 

 

(13

)

 

 

(22

)

Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Technology

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(12

)

Eastman Business Park

 

 

(1

)

 

 

(4

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

(55

)

 

 

(70

)

Restructuring costs and other

 

 

(16

)

 

 

(17

)

Stock-based compensation

 

 

(7

)

 

 

(6

)

Consulting and other costs (1)

 

 

(7

)

 

 

(14

)

Idle costs (2)

 

 

(5

)

 

 

(3

)

Former CEO separation agreement compensation

 

 

(2

)

 

 

 

Other operating expense, net, excluding income

   from transition services agreement (3)

 

 

(22

)

 

 

(9

)

Interest expense (4)

 

 

(16

)

 

 

(9

)

Pension income excluding service cost component (4)

 

 

104

 

 

 

131

 

Other charges, net (4)

 

 

(46

)

 

 

(17

)

Consolidated loss from continuing operations

   before income taxes

 

$

(60

)

 

$

(13

)

 

(1)

Consulting and other costs are professional services and internal costs associated with certain corporate strategic initiatives, including the divestiture of FPD and debt refinancing.

 

(2)

Consists of third-party costs such as security, maintenance, and utilities required to maintain land and buildings in certain locations not used in any Kodak operations and the costs, net of any rental income received, of underutilized portions of certain properties.

 

(3)

$6 million of income from the transition services agreement with the purchaser of FPD (“Purchaser”) was recognized in the year ended December 31, 2019.  The income was reported in Other operating expense, net in the Consolidated Statement of Operations. Other operating expense, net is typically excluded from the segment measure. However, the income from the transition services agreement was included in the segment measure.

 

(4)

As reported in the Consolidated Statement of Operations.

 

Kodak increased workers’ compensation reserves by approximately $3 million in 2019, primarily due to changes in discount rates.  The increase in reserves impacted gross profit by approximately $2 million and SG&A by approximately $1 million.   Kodak reduced workers’ compensation reserves by approximately $5 million in 2018 due to changes in discount rates and reduction in estimated ultimate losses. The reduction in reserves impacted gross profit by approximately $3 million and SG&A by approximately $2 million.

 

2020 Segments

 

Change in Segments

Effective in January 2020 Kodak changed its organizational structure.  Prepress Solutions, formerly part of the Print Systems segment, will operate as a separate segment named the Traditional Printing segment. Electrophotographic Printing Solutions, formerly part of the Print Systems segment, will be combined with the Enterprise Inkjet Systems segment and Kodak Software segment to form the Digital Print segment.  The Brand, Imaging and Film segment, except for the licensing of the Kodak brand to third parties, will be combined with the Advanced Materials and 3D Printing segment to form the Advanced Materials and Chemicals segment.  The licensing of the Kodak brand to third parties will operate as a separate segment named the Brand segment.  The Eastman Business Park segment will no longer be a reportable segment.

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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

% of

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

% of

 

 

$ Change vs.

 

 

 

2019

 

 

Sales

 

 

2018

 

 

Sales

 

 

2018

 

Revenues

 

$

1,242

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

1,320

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(78

)

Cost of revenues

 

 

1,060

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(80

)

Gross profit

 

 

182

 

 

 

15

%

 

 

180

 

 

 

14

%

 

 

2

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

211

 

 

 

17

%

 

 

224

 

 

 

17

%

 

 

(13

)

Research and development costs

 

 

42

 

 

 

3

%

 

 

48

 

 

 

4

%

 

 

(6

)

Restructuring costs and other

 

 

16

 

 

 

1

%

 

 

17

 

 

 

1

%

 

 

(1

)

Other operating expense, net

 

 

15

 

 

 

1

%

 

 

9

 

 

 

1

%

 

 

6

 

Loss from continuing operations before interest expense, pension income excluding service cost component, other charges, net and income taxes

 

 

(102

)

 

 

(8

%)

 

 

(118

)

 

 

(9

%)

 

 

16

 

Interest expense

 

 

16

 

 

 

1

%

 

 

9

 

 

 

1

%

 

 

7

 

Pension income excluding service cost component

 

 

(104

)

 

 

(8

%)

 

 

(131

)

 

 

(10

%)

 

 

27

 

Other charges, net

 

 

46

 

 

 

4

%

 

 

17

 

 

 

1

%

 

 

29

 

Loss from continuing operations before income taxes

 

 

(60

)

 

 

(5

%)

 

 

(13

)

 

 

(1

%)

 

 

(47

)

Provision (benefit) from income taxes

 

 

31

 

 

 

2

%

 

 

(4

)

 

 

(0

%)

 

 

35

 

Loss from continuing operations

 

 

(91

)

 

 

(7

%)

 

 

(9

)

 

 

(1

%)

 

 

(82

)

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

 

 

207

 

 

 

17

%

 

 

(7

)

 

 

(1

%)

 

 

214

 

NET EARNINGS (LOSS)

 

$

116

 

 

 

9

%

 

$

(16

)

 

 

(1

%)

 

 

132

 

Revenues

For the year ended December 31, 2019, revenues decreased by approximately $78 million compared with the same period in 2018.  Volume and pricing declines partially offset by favorable product mix within Print Systems ($40 million and $12 million, respectively), volume declines in Kodak Software ($8 million) and Enterprise Inkjet Systems ($7 million) and unfavorable foreign currency ($27 million) drove the decline.  Intellectual property licensing revenue of $13 million related to the HuaGuang relationship positively impacted results.  See segment discussions for additional details.

 

Gross Profit

Gross profit for 2019 increased by approximately $2 million. The increase reflected intellectual property licensing revenue of $13 million related to the HuaGuang relationship and cost improvements across film manufacturing ($6 million), lower aluminum costs ($7 million), refunds of aluminum tariffs paid by Kodak in the last half of 2018 in Print Systems ($2 million) and lower depreciation and amortization expense ($15 million).  The improvements were offset by lower volume and unfavorable pricing and product mix in Print Systems ($19 million), volume declines in Kodak Software ($5 million) and Enterprise Inkjet Systems ($3 million), unfavorable manufacturing costs and equipment inventory write-downs in Enterprise Inkjet Systems ($6 million), declines in Consumer Inkjet Systems ($3 million) and unfavorable foreign currency ($2 million).  See segment discussions for additional details.

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Consolidated SG&A for 2019 decreased $13 million primarily due to lower investment in selling and marketing activities in Print Systems ($7 million) and lower consulting and project costs ($7 million) partially offset by $2 million of compensation included in the former CEO separation agreement.

 

Research and Development Costs

Consolidated R&D expenses decreased $6 million in 2019 primarily due primarily due to the reduced level of investment across the segments.  

 

Restructuring Costs and Other

These costs, as well as the restructuring costs reported in Cost of revenues, are discussed under the "RESTRUCTURING COSTS AND OTHER" section in this MD&A.

 

Other Operating Expense, Net

For details, refer to Note 16, “Other Operating Expense, Net.”

 

Other Charges, Net

For details, refer to Note 17, “Other Charges, Net.”

 

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Interest Expense

Interest expense of $7 million and $27 million was allocated to discontinued operations for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

 

Pension Income

For details, refer to Note 20, “Retirement Plans.”

 

Benefit from Income Taxes

For details, refer to Note 18, “Income Taxes.”

 

Discontinued Operations

Discontinued operations of Kodak include the Flexographic Packaging segment.  Refer to Note 29, “Discontinued Operations” in the Notes to Financial Statements for additional information.

 

PRINT SYSTEMS SEGMENT

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

$ Change

 

Revenues

 

$

836

 

 

$

896

 

 

$

(60

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operational EBITDA

 

 

41

 

 

 

28

 

 

 

13

 

Operational EBITDA as a % of revenues

 

 

5

%

 

 

3

%

 

 

 

 

Revenues

The decrease in Print Systems revenues of approximately $60 million primarily reflected volume and pricing declines ($29 million and $12 million, respectively) in Prepress Solutions consumables, volume declines and unfavorable pricing in Electrophotographic Printing Solutions consumables and service ($6 million and $5 million, respectively), volume declines in Prepress Solutions equipment ($3 million), unfavorable product mix in Electrophotographic Printing Solutions equipment ($2 million) and unfavorable foreign currency ($21 million) partially offset by the intellectual property licensing revenue related to the HuaGuang relationship ($13 million) and favorable product mix in Prepress Solutions equipment ($7 million).

Operational EBITDA

The increase in Print Systems Operational EBITDA of approximately $13 million reflects the intellectual property licensing revenue related to the HuaGuang relationship ($13 million), lower investment in sales and marketing activities ($7 million), lower manufacturing costs ($5 million) in Electrophotographic Printing Solutions, lower aluminum costs ($7 million), refunds of aluminum tariffs which were paid by Kodak in the last half of 2018 ($2 million) and the favorable impact of currency ($3 million) partially offset by volume and pricing declines ($3 million and $12 million, respectively) in Prepress Solutions consumables, unfavorable manufacturing costs in Prepress Solutions driven largely by the lower volumes ($6 million) and unfavorable pricing in Electrophotographic Printing Solutions consumables and service ($5 million).

During 2018 U.S. tariffs imposed on aluminum purchases were included as part of the cost of printing plates sold.  In January 2019, Kodak received retroactive exemptions on U.S. tariffs for aluminum.  Due to the exemptions, all aluminum tariffs paid by Kodak in prior periods have been recognized as a cost reduction in the current period.  

 

ENTERPRISE INKJET SYSTEMS SEGMENT

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

$ Change

 

Revenues

 

$

128

 

 

$

136

 

 

$

(8

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operational EBITDA

 

 

(5

)

 

 

4

 

 

 

(9

)

Operational EBITDA as a % of revenues

 

 

-4

%

 

 

3

%

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

The decrease in Enterprise Inkjet Systems revenues of approximately $8 million primarily reflected lower volume of VERSAMARK service and consumables ($8 million) due to declines in the installed base of VERSAMARK systems, lower volume of PROSPER components ($4 million), and the unfavorable impact of currency ($2 million) partially offset by higher volume of PROSPER service and consumables ($4 million), PROSPER systems ($1 million) and favorable pricing of VERSAMARK service and consumables ($1 million).

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Operational EBITDA

 

The decrease in Enterprise Inkjet Systems Operational EBITDA of $9 million was primarily driven by equipment inventory write-downs due to pricing declines in PROSPER systems ($4 million), lower volume of PROSPER components ($2 million), lower volume of VERSAMARK service and consumables ($2 million) due to declines in the installed base of VERSAMARK systems, unfavorable manufacturing costs ($2 million) and the unfavorable impact of currency ($1 million) partially offset by volume improvements in PROSPER service and consumables ($2 million) and a lower level of investment in R&D activities ($2 million).

 

KODAK SOFTWARE SEGMENT

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

$ Change

 

Revenues

 

$

56

 

 

$

65

 

 

$

(9

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operational EBITDA

 

 

2

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

(5

)

Operational EBITDA as a % of revenues

 

 

4

%

 

 

11

%

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

The decrease in Kodak Software revenues of approximately $9 million was due to lower volume ($8 million) and the unfavorable impact of currency ($1 million).

Operational EBITDA

 

The decrease in Kodak Software Operational EBITDA of $5 million was due to volume declines.

 

BRAND, FILM AND IMAGING SEGMENT

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

$ Change

 

Revenues

 

$

209

 

 

$

210

 

 

$

(1

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operational EBITDA

 

 

(13

)

 

 

(22

)

 

 

9

 

Operational EBITDA as a % of revenues

 

 

-6

%

 

 

-10

%

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

The decrease in Brand, Film and Imaging revenues of approximately $1 million reflected volume declines in Consumer Inkjet Systems ($6 million) driven by lower sales of ink to the existing installed base of printers and unfavorable foreign currency ($3 million) partially offset by favorable volume in Motion Picture ($6 million).  Motion Picture revenues may fluctuate due to the timing and mix of products required for major studio productions.

 

The unfavorable impact from exiting a significant industrial film component supply agreement ($12 million) was offset by volume improvements in professional and consumer still photographic film ($10 million).  One Industrial Film and Chemicals customer of professional and consumer still photographic film and chemicals represented approximately 20 percent of the total Brand, Film and Imaging revenues in 2019.  Price increases on professional and consumer still photographic film have been implemented in 2020.

Operational EBITDA

 

Brand, Film and Imaging Operational EBITDA improved approximately $9 million primarily reflecting cost improvements across film manufacturing ($6 million), improved volume in Motion Picture ($1 million) and SG&A and R&D reductions ($2 million) partially offset by declines in Consumer Inkjet Systems ($3 million) driven by lower sales of ink to the existing installed base of printers.

 

ADVANCED MATERIALS AND 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY SEGMENT

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

$ Change

 

Revenues

 

$

3

 

 

$

4

 

 

$

(1

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operational EBITDA

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(12

)

 

 

 

Operational EBITDA as a % of revenues

 

 

-400

%

 

 

-300

%

 

 

 

 

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Advanced Materials and 3D Printing Technology Operational EBITDA remained flat primarily reflecting lower revenues offset by a reduced level of investment in R&D ($1 million).

 

EASTMAN BUSINESS PARK SEGMENT

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

$ Change

 

Revenues

 

$

10

 

 

$

9

 

 

$

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operational EBITDA

 

 

(1

)

 

 

(4

)

 

 

3

 

Operational EBITDA as a % of revenues

 

 

-10

%

 

 

-44

%

 

 

 

 

 

Eastman Business Park Operational EBITDA improved by $3 million compared to the prior year period primarily due to improved operating costs and higher revenues ($1 million).

RESTRUCTURING COSTS AND OTHER

2019

Restructuring actions taken in 2019 were initiated to reduce Kodak’s cost structure as part of its commitment to drive sustainable profitability and included various targeted reductions in manufacturing, service, sales, research and development, and other administrative functions.

As a result of these actions, for the year ended December 31, 2019 Kodak recorded $16 million of charges which were reported as Restructuring costs and other in the accompanying Consolidated Statement of Operations.

Kodak made cash payments related to restructuring of approximately $9 million for the year ended December 31, 2019.

The restructuring actions implemented in 2019 are expected to generate future annual cash savings of approximately $22 million. These savings are expected to reduce future annual Cost of revenues, SG&A and R&D expenses by $6 million, $15 million and $1 million, respectively.  Kodak expects the majority of the annual savings to be in effect by the end of the third quarter of 2020 as actions are completed.

2018

For the year ended December 31, 2018 Kodak recorded $17 million of charges which were reported as Restructuring costs and other in the accompanying Consolidated Statement of Operations.

 

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

 

Kodak is facing liquidity challenges due to operating losses and low or negative cash flow from operations.  Cash flow from operations in the current year benefited from working capital improvements and individual transactions which occurred during the year.  Kodak has eliminated current debt service requirements by paying down the loans under the Senior Secured First Lien Term Credit Agreement (the “Term Credit Agreement”) using proceeds from the sale of Kodak’s Flexographic Packaging business (“FPD”) and refinancing the remaining balance through the issuance of convertible debt which does not require any debt service until conversion or maturity on November 1, 2021.  The Series A Preferred Stock must be redeemed on November 15, 2021 if not converted prior to then.  Kodak has significant cash requirements to fund ongoing operations, restructuring programs, pension and other postretirement obligations, and other obligations.  Kodak’s plans to return to sustainable positive cash flow include growing revenues profitably, reducing operating expenses, simplifying the organizational structure, generating cash from selling and leasing underutilized assets and paring investment in new technology by eliminating or delaying product development programs.  The current cash balance outside of China, recent trend of low or negative operating cash flow, maturity and redemption dates in 2021 of the Convertible Notes and Series A Preferred Stock and lack of certainty regarding a sustainable return to positive cash flow raise substantial doubt about Kodak’s ability to continue as a going concern.

 

Refer to the Going Concern section of Note 1, “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies”, Note 9, "Debt and Finance Leases," and Note 10, “Redeemable, Convertible Series A Preferred Stock” in the Notes to Financial Statements for further discussion of long-term debt and convertible preferred shares.

 

Kodak has already experienced some disruptions in its manufacturing and logistics operations due to the coronavirus outbreak.  The full extent to which the coronavirus outbreak impacts its results will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted at the time of this filing, including new information which may emerge concerning the severity of the coronavirus and the actions taken to contain the virus or treat its impact, among others. Complications from the coronavirus outbreak could have a material adverse effect on the continuity of our business operations and our results of operations and financial position, particularly if such complications have an extended duration.

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As of December 31,

 

(in millions)

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and cash in assets

   held for sale

 

$

290

 

 

$

267

 

Cash Flow Activity

 

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

2019

 

 

2018