The Minnesota District Court for the Fourth Judicial District in the County of Hennepin held a hearing on Tuesday to determine the final disposition of the insolvent Audio Research Corporation which is operating under Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors (ABC) – a form of receivership. The assignee in this case, Patrick Finn of Lighthouse Management Group had executed an Asset Purchase Agreement (APA) with Acora Acoustics and was seeking an order from the judge to approve the APA and the transfer of the assets free and clear of any and all liens to Acora Acoustics.
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The day after the Strata-gee story titled, Audio Research Corp is Sold; Or Is It? ran last month, I received an unexpected call from Valerio Cora, CEO of Acora Acoustics, the winning bidder and the likely new owner of Audio Research Corp (Audio Research or ARC). Cora was concerned that Strata-gee’s coverage of Audio Research’s issues had raised some questions – even going so far as to suggest that he felt my coverage was scaring people. He wanted to set the record straight on what is going on with Audio Research.
Learn more of what the Acora Acoustics CEO had to say[Read more…] about Likely New Owner of Audio Research Corp Says Company to Stay in Minn
So much has transpired over the last two weeks in the matter of Audio Research Corp’s status as it operates under Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors, a form of receivership. Several more documents have emerged that serve to shed more light on just precisely what is going on.
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An announcement recently appeared on an audio enthusiast website that appears to announce the sale of Audio Research Corp. to a Canadian high-end speaker manufacturer. However, when reached for confirmation of this news, the officially appointed receiver issued a terse “no comment.”
So IS Audio Research Corp sold?[Read more…] about Audio Research Corp is Sold; Or Is It?
In a new round of filings from the designated “Assignee” in the matter of Audio Research Corporation’s filing of an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors, we actually learn a few new things and get a little more detail on the state of affairs for the beleaguered but popular high-end audio brand. And these new details help to put a finer point on just where things stand at the moment for the company.
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Minnesota Bank & Trust (MB&T) of Minnetonka, MN has filed documents with the Fourth Judicial District of the Minnesota District Court notifying the court of the existence of a secured agreement with Audio Research Corporation (ARC) and its principal owner, Trent Suggs. This agreement, the bank wants the court to know, has been subject to “Numerous events of default” which “are continuing.”
With this being the case, the bank is asking the court to issue a judgment for the amount owed, plus accrued interest, plus attorneys’ fees, and other collection costs – an amount in excess of $1.5 million.
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Another storied high-end audio brand has seen itself fall into hard times. Audio Research Corporation of Maple Grove, MN has filed paperwork with Minnesota District Court to start a form of the receivership process known as an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors.’
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News emerged today that Italian holding company Fine Sounds SpA has acquired 100% of McIntosh Laboratory, the Binghamton, NY-based high-end brand most recently owned by D&M Holdings. The announcement – which came from Fine Sounds, contained only a short statement from Charles Randall, President of McIntosh, with no other comments attributed to D&M Holdings or its parent Bain Capital.
Fine Sounds, backed by private equity company Quadrivio – also based in Milan, Italy – is the owner and distributor of other high-end brands such as Sonus Faber, Audio Research Corporation, Wadia Digital, and Sumiko. According to the company, their strategy is to “offer products that are the best in the world in their category.