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Internet consulting company marchFirst files Chapter 11

Chicago  April 13, 2001  Continuing the string of bad news that has been proceeding from marchFIRST headquarters in the past months, the company announced yesterday that it and its domestic subsidiaries and affiliates filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code, that it expects to be delisted from the NASDAQ, and that holders of common stock need not expect to receive anything for their holdings. Here is the text of the marchFIRST statement:


marchFIRST, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCH) announced that today [March 12] it and its domestic subsidiaries and affiliates filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code. The Chapter 11 filing is expected to provide the Company with the time to complete the orderly liquidation of its domestic business units and core assets and to maximize their value. This action is consistent with the Company's prior public disclosure of the Company's general inability to satisfy creditor obligations as they become due, liquidity shortfalls and less than necessary cash reserves. The Company also filed a Chapter 11 plan that essentially provides for distribution of any cash proceeds received by the Company to creditors and, if creditors have been fully paid, to holders of the Company's preferred stock and then holders of its common stock. However, at this time it is unlikely that any proceeds will remain for distribution to holders of the Company's common stock. The Company intends to commence the plan confirmation process shortly. The Company intends to work closely with creditors to recover on all available assets and maximize their value. The Company's European business units were not included as part of the Chapter 11 filing.


The Company also announced that today, following the receipt of anti-trust approval, it completed the sale of its SAP practice, VAR business and other assets, (including its interest in BlueVector) to divine, inc., pursuant to the agreement described in the Company's news release on April 2, 2001. As previously disclosed, the purchase price for these business units and assets was $6.25 million at closing, an additional $29.75 million note payable over not more than five years and up to an additional $16 million payable over five years which is contingent on the units' future performance. As described in its April 2, 2001 news release, the Company previously completed an initial transaction with divine, selling divine its Central Region business unit in exchange for $6.25 million at closing, an additional $27.75 million note payable over not more than five years, and up to an additional $39 million payable over five years which is contingent on the units' future performance.


The Company has also completed the sale of certain other business units, including McKinney & Silver, Inc. and the Company's Salt Lake City office. The aggregate purchase price for these business units was approximately $13.6 million and the assumption of liabilities of approximately $17.0 million. The Company continues to be in active discussions for the sale of other domestic and foreign business units. The European business units are currently expected to continue to operate in the ordinary course of business.


In addition, the Company announced that it does not intend to file with the SEC an Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000 and, for this and other reasons, believes its stock will be delisted from trading on the Nasdaq National Market.

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