UPDATE: Lear Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

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Struggling automotive parts supplier Lear Corp. says it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection afterreceiving the support it needed from lenders and bondholders.

The Southfield, Mich., company, which makes automotive seating systems and electronics, had been negotiating with its lenders andbondholders for additional support for its restructuring plan.

It has been preparing the filing since last week and received a commitment for $500 million in loans to finance its bankruptcy froma group of lenders led by J.P. Morgan and Citigroup.

Lear filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Subsidiaries outsidethe U.S. and Canada are not part of the filings, the company says.

July 1, 2009

Automotive parts supplier Lear Corp. says it is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protectionand has lined up support from its creditors for a restructuring plan.

A company spokesman says it is working to line up more creditors for the plan but declined to say how many are on board. Thespokesman also declined to say when or where the company would file for court protection.

Lear says it has received commitments from a group of lenders led by J.P Morgan and Citigroup for $500 million in bankruptcyfinancing.

The maker of automotive seating and electrical systems says it expects to default on senior notes due 2013 and 2016 once a 30-daygrace period on their interest payments expires on Thursday.

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