Eastman Kodak to cut more jobs

Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:23am EDT

A Kodak film dispenser is seen in a photo store in London January 19, 2012. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A Kodak film dispenser is seen in a photo store in London January 19, 2012.

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(Reuters) - Bankrupt Eastman Kodak Co said it will cut 1,000 additional jobs by the end of this year and may cut more as it focuses on its commercial packaging and printing business.

Kodak, which invented the digital camera but had trouble adjusting to the digital age, was betting on an auction of its 1,100 patents to raise funds to repay money borrowed to finance its bankruptcy.

The company, which estimates its patents to be worth between $2.2 billion and $2.6 billion, received only sub-$500 million bids from investor groups, including Apple Inc and Google Inc, according to media reports.

Kodak has declined to comment on the sale and has delayed several times a bankruptcy court hearing during which it would reveal the details of the sale. The hearing on the sale was first set for August 20 and is now scheduled for September 19.

If the sale falls flat, the company will need to find other ways to raise the money to pay creditors as it looks to exit bankruptcy by early 2013.

Kodak's employee base has shrunk to about 17,100 at the end of last year from about 145,000 during the 1980s.

The company, which at one point employed more than 60,000 people in its hometown Rochester in upstate New York alone, did not disclose where the latest cuts would be made.

It has already reduced its workforce by about 2,700 worldwide since the beginning of 2012, and expects to save about $330 million from these fresh job cuts.

Kodak also said its Chief Financial Officer Antoinette McCorvey and its Chief Operating Officer Philip Faraci will leave the company.

The company named Rebecca Roof as interim CFO. Roof has helped other companies successfully emerge from bankruptcies.

Kodak, which said last month that it would sell most of its consumer and document imaging businesses, will retain the services of the presidents of these divisions until they are sold off in the first half of 2013.

(Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan and Sayantani Ghosh in Bangalore, Additional reporting by Caroline Humer; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty, Sriraj Kalluvila)

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Comments (3)
BoloMKXXVIII wrote:
Great sadness. Kodak was a great company. It just could not adapt. I doubt there will be anything left by the time the bankruptcy is done. Kodak will just be the answer to a trivia question to future generations.

Sep 10, 2012 2:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tangogo68 wrote:
Poor old Kodak — I grew up using Kodachrome Super-8 film & 35mm slides, and remember my dad having Ektachrome rolls in the fridge — I still use BW400CN (black-and-white) negative film in my Pentax K1000, and have it processed through the C41 at a local departnment store, and scan the negs — it is like taking a vintage car for a drive — but most of my photographs are taken on my iPhone, c’est la vie …
Reporting from Bangalore — that makes sense — why should or would it be done from the actual place where the story is happening ?

Sep 10, 2012 9:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheDeuceman wrote:
Come on guys, APPL@ 662, GooG@692 and EKDKQ@ .22.
Why be so niggardly on technology that you need, or are currently using. I guess with Kodak being on the ropes financially this is good time for the big dogs to pile on knowing that they cannot afford to fight a protracted patent suite over settled issues.

But DO remember this, what goes around, comes around.

Darrow…for the Prosecution

Sep 11, 2012 12:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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