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Lucent: Bankruptcy rumors 'irresponsible'

Wed, 04/04/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

A harassed Lucent Technologies Inc. yesterday stated it was not filing for bankruptcy, regardless of rumors it called "baseless and irresponsible."

The company also announced it was restructuring a $425 million loan agreement with TeleCorp PCS Inc. that extends Lucent's time commitment.

"Let me be very clear — our $6.5 billion lines of credit provide the financial resources and the financial flexibility to execute our turnaround plan," said Lucent CFO Deborah Hopkins in a prepared statement. "The rumors that Lucent is filing for bankruptcy are baseless and irresponsible." Hopkins said the broadband software and systems supplier will make a detailed report at its second-quarter end later this month.

Meantime,TeleCorp., AT&T Wireless Group's largest affiliate, reported Wednesday in an SEC filing that Lucent restructured the loan agreement and still will buy the $425 million in junk bonds, but stretch the time over 13 months, instead of at once, Reuters reports.

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