New Bankruptcy Opinion: IN RE SAHIBPAL CORPORATION – Bankr. Court, ED Washington, 2016





In re: SAHIBPAL CORPORATION, Debtor-in-Possession.

No. 16-00814-FLK12.

United States Bankruptcy Court, E.D. Washington.

April 11, 2016.

ORDER APPROVING CONTINUED USE OF CASH COLLATERAL FOR MAINTENANCE OF YAKIMA ORCHARD PROPERTIES AND GRANTING PRIMING LIENS IN FAVOR OF COLUMBIA STATE BANK.

FRANK L. KURTZ, Bankruptcy Judge.

This matter came before the Court on the 5th day of April, 2016 upon the motion of SAHIBPAL CORPORATION, as the Debtor-in-Possesion (“Debtor-in-Possession”), pursuant to Bankruptcy Code Section 363 and Bankruptcy Rules 4001 and 9014, for the entry of an order authorizing the use of the cash collateral of Columbia State Bank to fund the maintenance of the following real properties located in Yakima County, Washington and referred to by Yakima County Assessor Identification Nos. 171315-33402, 171322-13001, 171322-12002, 171322-21009 and 171322-21008.

Appearing at said hearing was the Debtor-in-Possession through its attorney Donald A. Boyd; AgStar Financial Services, FLCA through its attorney Roger Bailey; Hopkins Western Fund, LLC, as trustee for the benefit on a parity of all Series “W” Debenture Holders, as to an undivided 33.34% interest; Frank Cnossen and Amber Cnossen, as to an undivided 22.22% interest; Mountain West IRA FBO Robert L. Ward IRA, as to an undivided 22.22% interest; and C. Douglas Gross, as to an undivided 22.22% interest (collectively referred to hereafter as “Hopkins”) through its attorney Jeffrey Simpson; Columbia State Bank through its attorney Jason Ayres; and Clark-Jennings & Associates through its attorney Paul Larson.

The Debtor-in-Possession gave written notice of the hearing on the Motion to all creditors on the Master Mailing List. The Court reviewed the pleadings filed herein, heard the testimony of Amritpal Dhanoyia, Brian Birdsall and David Smeback, reviewed exhibits 1 through 19 which were admitted into evidence by stipulation of all those parties at the hearing, and heard the argument of counsel.

The Court finds that good cause exists to have heard and considered the Debtor’s motion for the continued use of cash collateral for purposes of funding the maintenance of the above-referenced real property assets of the Estate and finds that no other source of adequate financing exists unless a priming lien is granted that is subordinate to the mortgage lien of AgStar Financial Services, FLCA but senior to the mortgage lien of Hopkins to the extent of funds are used for the preservation or maintenance of the underlying properties whose liens are being primed.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

1. In addition to the findings set forth herein, the Court’s oral findings of fact and conclusions of law shall stand as the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law with regard to this proceeding:

2. Debtor-in-Possession is hereby authorized, solely in accordance with the terms hereof, to use cash collateral of the estate from funds payable to the Debtor-in-Possession and which represent proceeds of its 2015 crop for the uses and purposes of its orchard operations and in the following amounts for the following purposes associated with the Yakima County properties for the 30 day budget period only:

30 day
budget 60 day Budget
per
Purpose Cost acre

Irrigation water costs 21,568 180 21,568

Spray to remove bloom 17,400 145 12,500 4,900

Irrigation labor costs 24,000 200 3,500 5,000

Cover sprays for insects 42,000 350 5,000 5,000

Mowing weeds (see note below) 15,000 75 5,000 2,000

Fuel 480 4 250

Repairs on irrigation system 480 4 480

labor-sprays, R/M 15,600 130 5,000 5,000
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Total estimate-orchard costs 136,528 1,088 53,298 21,900

Brian Birdsall consultant fees 2,500 2,500
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Cash Collateral needs 55,798 24,400

Note-Information obtained at hearing on 4/5/2016 found that weed problem is affecting irrigation operations and needs herbicide sprays to allow sprinklers to operate properly.

Note-this budget is based on no significant needs to irrigation system at start up, and all pumps and feeds from Irrigation District and wells are functioning adequately for needed flow of irrigation water. May not be able to determine until irrigation system is started for the season.

3. The Debtor-in-Possession is authorized to receive from C.M. Holtzinger Fruit Company and/or Highland Fruit Company the monies held which are payable to the Debtor-in-Possession and/or its creditors on account of the Debtor’s 2015 crop up to total the amount of $55,798.00 for the 30-day budget items, and any such check shall be made payable by those respective entities solely to the Debtor-in-Possession and shall be deposited solely in the Debtor-in-Possession’s Bank account.

4. The Debtor-in-Possession’s authority to use cash collateral is limited to the expense amounts set forth in paragraph 2 for the 30 day budget period in the amounts listed for each line item.

5. As part of the adequate protection of the interests of Columbia State Bank for the use of said cash collateral under this Order and that $50,000.00 of cash collateral previously authorized to be used pursuant to the Court’s prior cash collateral order (ECF # 25), Columbia State Bank is granted a priming lien pursuant to section 364 of the Code, junior only to the existing first mortgage lien of AgStar Financial Services, as follows:

(a) To the extent cash collateral funds, the Debtor’s use of which was previously granted for purposes of preserving of the 2016 crops and pursuant to the Court’s prior Order approving interim use of cash collateral (ECF #25), were used upon or with respect to those Estate properties located in Yakima County, Columbia. Bank is hereby granted a priming lien in the amount of $25,000.00 against those Yakima County properties and junior only to the first mortgage lien of Agstar Financial Services.

(b) To the extent cash collateral funds, the Debtor’s use of which was previously granted for purposes of preserving of the 2016 crops and pursuant to the Court’s prior Order approving interim use of cash collateral (ECF #25), were used upon or with respect to those Estate properties located in Grant County (Grant County parcel ID Nos. XXXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXXX), Columbia Bank is hereby granted a priming lien in the amount of $25,000.00 against those Grant County properties and junior only to the first mortgage lien of Agstar Financial Services.

(c) To the extent that additional cash collateral is used as authorized by this Order for the maintenance and preservation of the Yakima County real properties pursuant to this Order per Section 3 above, then Columbia Bank is hereby granted a priming lien in the amount of that additional cash collateral used as against those Yakima County properties and junior only to the first mortgage lien of Agstar Financial Services.

(d) In the event Columbia State Bank advances additional funds for purposes of paying those 2016 irrigation assessments and costs attributable to the Grant County real property, then Columbia State Bank shall hold an additional priming lien up to the amount of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000) which lien shall be junior only to the mortgage lien of AgStar Financial Services and which lien shall be payable from the net proceeds from the sale of said property at closing.

6. The priming liens granted to Columbia Bank by this Order shall be perfected and enforceable by operation of law upon execution and entry of this Order by the Court without regard to whether such priming liens are perfected under applicable non-bankruptcy law. Columbia Bank is authorized to record Mortgages on the Yakima County real property and Grant County real property to secure its interests in the properties for purposes of adequate protection. The initial Mortgage on the Yakima County real property shall be in the maximum sum of $80,798.00 subject to an agreed rate of interest and the initial Mortgage on the Grant County real property shall be in the maximum sum of $25,000.00 subject to an agreed rate of interest. To the extent additional use of cash collateral is granted, Columbia Bank is authorized to record a Modification of either Mortgage, which increases the maximum amount secured. The Debtor-in-Possession shall cooperate and execute agreed forms of the Mortgages and any Modifications for recording. Columbia Bank is additionally authorized to record this Order to ensure its priority on each property is adequately disclosed in the real property records of Yakima County and Grant County.

7. The Debtor-in-Possession shall employ Brian Birdsall as a consultant to oversee the use of the cash collateral funds approved pursuant to this Order at an hourly rate of $150.00 per hour up to a monthly payment of $2,500.00. Brian Birdsall shall review and approve all expenditures and payment of all invoices and wages incurred pursuant to the approved purposes set forth in Section 2, above.

8. In the event additional use of cash collateral is to be requested by the Debtor-in-Possession for the 60-day budget items and/or future maintenance budget needs, the Debtor-in-Possession may petition the court for additional use of cash collateral for the purpose of preserving and maintaining the Estate’s Yakima real property referenced above.

9. The provisions of this Order and the effect of any actions taken hereunder shall survive issuance and entry of any order converting this case to one under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code or dismissing this Chapter 12 case. The priorities, liens and security interests granted herein shall continue in this or any superseding case under the Bankruptcy Code, and any such liens and security interests shall maintain their priority as provided herein until satisfied and discharged subject to the Bankruptcy Code.

10. This Order, and each of its terms, shall be effective immediately upon entry by the Court and the automatic stay of judgment provisions of Bankruptcy Rule 8017(a) shall not apply.
So Ordered.

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