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More bad news for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

According to Financial Times, the company aims to reduce $7 billion in debt to less than $3 billion in the restructuring. The process is intended to help EMPG avoid filing for bankruptcy, but investors will take a hit.

EMPG founder and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO Barry O’Callaghan had this gloomy quote in the article: “Nobody has lost more on paper than I have. Obviously I’m disappointed for my fellow shareholders, but I can’t be blamed for things I can’t control, and unfortunately state budgets are things I can’t control … I looked very smart through September of 2008.”

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