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Speciality drug firm Concordia International seeks to cut debt by $2 billion

Shares of Concordia International Corp. (TSX:CXR) plunged below $1 on Friday after the Ontario-based drug company announced its intention to reduce its debt by more than $2 billion under a proposed recapitalization transaction.

Concordia had traded above $100 for a time in mid-2015 before its fall. Its shares were down 35 cents or about 30 per cent at 83 cents after the announcement.

The speciality drug company is making the move under the Canada Business Corporations Act which it noted is not a bankruptcy or insolvency statute.

But Concordia says several payments to unsecured lenders will not be paid and its proposal may result in a sizable dilution of its shares, though the extent was not known at this time.

Concordia says its management will continue to lead day-to-day operations through the process and operate its business.

“The decision to use the CBCA process to achieve our financial goals was a strategic one that we believe will protect our business, preserve our cash, and give us extra time to negotiate with lenders to ensure we achieve the best possible transaction for our company, employees, suppliers, customers and other business partners,” chief executive Allan Oberman said in a statement.

The company faced attacks from short sellers in 2016 including high-profile short seller Marc Cohodes.

Short sellers profit when shares of a company fall.