There have certainly been a lot of rumors and speculation surrounding Kodak Document Imaging since Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. Tomorrow AIIM will be hosting a Webinar during which Russell Hunt, Regional Business Manager for the U.S. and Canada for Kodak DI, will discuss Kodak DI’s plans for the future.
Our discussions with Kodak have indicated that the Document Imaging business remains healthy. In fact, in the wake of the bankruptcy filing, DI was listed as one of Kodak’s “core businesses,” which all together generated $214 million in adjusted EBITDA on $2.3 billion in revenue in 2011. Under its restructuring, Kodak’s core businesses are being counted on to support Kodak’s “growth businesses” until they too become profitable.
We’ll be interested to hear Hunt’s update. Not sure what he will address, but we certainly haven’t heard of any shortcomings in the DI market due to Kodak’s bankruptcy, aside from the $1 million-plus dollars that was listed as being owed to VAD Cranel (#47 of Kodak’s 50 largest unsecured creditors). We understand that all Kodak’s rebate programs to its VARs were being honored. There are also a lot of obvious parts suppliers listed among the unsecured creditors, but, we have not heard of any shortness of Kodak products in the market.