Kodak Restructures Amid Bankruptcy Battle

Kodak said the new business structure is 'designed to increase productivity, reduce cost and accelerate its transformation into a digital company that delivers sustainable profitability and creates value for its stakeholders.'

Eastman Kodak, fighting to keep bankruptcy at bay, announced a major restructuring to speed up its transformation into a digital company. Kodak said it has reduced three segments into two -- one focused on the general public and the other on professionals. Kodak said the new business structure is "designed to increase productivity, reduce cost and accelerate its transformation into a digital company that delivers sustainable profitability and creates value for its stakeholders." The move involves a reshuffling of top posts in the venerable company, founded in the late 19th century. "As we complete Kodak's transformation to a digital company, our future markets will be very different from our past, and we need to organize ourselves in keeping with that evolution," Antonio Perez, Kodak's chairman and chief executive, said in a statement. The company did not mention its dire financial difficulties that have spurred speculation it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection soon. A week ago, the New York Stock Exchange told the company, once one of the fabled Dow Jones industrial Average's 30 blue-chip stocks, that it faces delisting from the exchange if it cannot get its stock price back above the $1 level. In its heyday, in 1996, the Rochester, N.Y.-based company's shares topped $80 -- just at the outset of the digital photo revolution that eventually replaced the need for consumers to buy Kodak film, once a virtual monopoly in the U.S. market. Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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