‘Curious George’ Publisher Files Chapt 11

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 12:26pm by

Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday but expects to emerge from restructuring by the end of June.

The Boston company said in a statement that it expects to eliminate $3.1 billion of debt through a debt-to-equity transaction that is backed by the “vast majority of key financial stakeholders.”

The filing, made in a New York bankruptcy court and expected for weeks, will not affect Houghton Mifflin’s daily operations nor its employees’ pay and benefits, the company said.

The publisher is seeking “greater financial flexibility to pursue growth opportunities,” such as expanding its digital platform. It said it anticipates “no disruptions to our relationships with our customers, agents, authors, employees, business partners and suppliers.”

Houghton Mifflin, along with many other publishers, has struggled to keep its print products popular as e-books swarm into the market. The publisher is responsible for classic titles such as “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” “The Things They Carried,” the Curious George series and more.

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