Washington, D.C. 20549






Current Report

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 30, 2019




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)








(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)


File Number)


(IRS Employer
Identification No.)


1990 Wittington Place

Farmers Branch, Texas 75234

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)


(972) 243-7443

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


Not applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 1.03.     Bankruptcy or Receivership.


On June 30, 2019, Monitronics International, Inc. (“Monitronics”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ascent Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCMA), along with certain of Monitronics’ domestic subsidiaries (collectively, the “Debtors”), filed voluntary petitions for relief (collectively, the “Petitions” and, the cases commenced thereby, the “Chapter 11 Cases”) under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (the “Bankruptcy Court”). The Debtors have filed a motion with the Bankruptcy Court seeking to jointly administer the Chapter 11 Cases under the caption “In re: Monitronics International, Inc., et al.The Debtors will continue to operate their businesses as “debtors-in-possession” under the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and orders of the Bankruptcy Court.


The Chapter 11 Cases were filed in order to effect the Debtors’ joint partial prepackaged plan of reorganization (as amended from time to time, the “Plan”). Copies of the Plan and further information about the Chapter 11 Cases can be found at https://cases.primeclerk.com/monitronics.


On July 1, 2019, Monitronics issued a press release announcing the filing of the Chapter 11 Cases. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 2.04. Triggering Events That Accelerate or Increase a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement.


The commencement of the Chapter 11 Cases constitutes an event of default that accelerated Monitronics’ obligations under the following debt instruments (collectively, the “Debt Documents”). Any efforts to enforce such payment obligations under the Debt Documents are automatically stayed as a result of the filing of the Petitions and the holders’ rights of enforcement in respect of the Debt Documents are subject to the applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code.


·                  Credit Agreement, dated March 23, 2012, among Monitronics, as borrower, Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent and letter of credit issuer, Citibank, N.A. and Credit Suisse AG, Cayman Islands Branch, as co-syndication agents, U.S. Bank National Association, as document agent and the lenders party thereto.


·                  Indenture, dated March 23, 2012, between Monitronics, as issuer, the guarantors party thereto, and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee.


Item 9.01.                Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.










Press Release






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Monitronics International, Inc.



Date: July 1, 2019




/s/ William E. Niles



William E. Niles



Executive Vice President and Secretary