IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sientra, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIEN) ("Sientra" or the "Company"), a surgical aesthetics company developing and commercializing safe and innovative solutions for the best aesthetic outcomes, announced that it filed for Chapter 11 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on February 12, 2024. The Company further disclosed that it intends to pursue a sale of its business under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, while continuing to support its customers during the Chapter 11 process. The Company seeks to execute an expedited sale process.
Sientra will utilize existing cash reserves and $22.5 million in new money debtor-in-possession financing from existing lenders to facilitate the sale and support ongoing Company operations. The debtor-in-possession financing will also include a "roll up" of $67.5 million of Sientra's prepetition debt obligations. The Company will continue to operate its business during this process.
"Our goal is to emerge from this process with increased financial stability and positioned for long-term success under new ownership, and we are very encouraged that multiple parties have expressed interest in an acquisition of Sientra," said Ron Menezes, Sientra's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to the opportunity to become part of an organization that understands the value of our broad product portfolio and legacy in plastic surgery. In the interim, we remain focused on providing our customers with quality service, continuous manufacturing, and access to our products."
Court filings and information about the Chapter 11 case can be found at a website maintained by the Company's claims agent Epiq Corporate Restructuring, LLC at https://dm.epiq11.com/Sientra. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones are serving as legal counsel, Stifel / Miller Buckfire is serving as investment banker, and Berkeley Research Group, LLC is serving as financial advisor.
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Sientra is a surgical aesthetics company focused on empowering people to change their lives through increased self-confidence and self-respect. Backed by unrivaled clinical and safety data, Sientra's platform of products includes a comprehensive portfolio of round and shaped breast implants, the first fifth-generation breast implants approved by the FDA for sale in the United States, the ground-breaking AlloX2®breast tissue expander with patented dual-port and integrated drain technology, alongside our single port tissue expander DERMASPAN designed to enable a gentler, more predictable expansion, the next-generation AlloX2Pro, the first FDA-cleared MRI-compatible tissue expander, the Viality with AuraClens enhanced viability fat transfer system, the SimpliDerm® Human Acellular Dermal Matrix, and BIOCORNEUM the #1 performing, preferred and recommended scar gel of plastic surgeons (*).
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