AMERICAN BANKNOTE CORP
8-K, 1999-06-01
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                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                             CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
                          TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934



      Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): May 28, 1999



                          AMERICAN BANKNOTE CORPORATION
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             (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)


                                    DELAWARE
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                 (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

       1-3410                                          13-0460520
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 (Commission File Number)               (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

  410 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK, N.Y.                     10022-4407
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 (Address of Principal Executive Office)               (Zip Code)

                               (212) 593-5700
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            (Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)


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       (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)




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Item 5.   Other Events

     The information set forth in the press release issued by American
Banknote Corporation, attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1, is incorporated
herein by reference.


Item 7.   Financial Statements, Pro Forma Financial Statements and Exhibits

     (c)  Exhibits
          99.1 Press release of American Banknote Corporation dated
          May 28, 1999.


                                    SIGNATURE


     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.

                                            AMERICAN BANKNOTE CORPORATION



                                            By:   s/Patrick D. Reddy
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                                                Patrick D. Reddy,
                                                Vice President




Date: June 1, 1999












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                                  EXHIBIT INDEX


Item No.

99.1 Press release of American Banknote Corporation dated May 28, 1999.









































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                                                                Exhibit 99.1
                      American Banknote Corporation
                             410 Park Avenue
                         New York, NY  10022-4407

Contact:  Jean Marie Young
          Director   Investor Relations
          (212) 593-5700
                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                 AMERICAN BANKNOTE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES
               PAYMENT OF INTEREST ON 10 3/8% SENIOR NOTES
       NONPAYMENT OF INTEREST ON 11 1/4% SENIOR SUBORDINATED NOTES,
                 AND CONTINUING RESTRUCTURING DISCUSSIONS


NEW YORK, May 28, 1999   American Banknote Corporation (NYSE:ABN) announced
today that the semi-annual interest payment on its 10 3/8% Senior Notes due
2002 will be paid in full on June 1st.  The Company, however, will not make
the June 1st interest payment on its 11 1/4% Senior Subordinated Notes due
2007. The Indenture for these Notes allows for a 30-day grace period to make
this interest payment.

The Company's advisor, The Blackstone Group, has initiated discussions with
holders of approximately 50% of the Senior Subordinated Notes to address a
possible restructuring. However, there can be no assurance that the Company
will be able to reach any agreement with the holders of these Notes.

Morris Weissman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Banknote
Corporation, commented, "We are taking steps toward a restructuring that is
intended to result in a de-leveraging of the Company and enhancement of its
ability to operate and grow in the future.  We are hopeful that such a
financial restructuring can be reached rapidly by a mutually beneficial
agreement with the bondholders."

American Banknote Corporation is a leading global full-service provider of
secure transaction solutions in carefully selected markets along three major
product groups: Transaction Cards & Systems, Printing Services & Document
Management, and Security Printing Solutions.  A combined strategy of operating
along product lines and constant expansion of transaction activities worldwide
reflects the rapidly changing field of electronic commerce.

Statements regarding a future restructuring or about future results made in
this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of
the Private Securities Litigation Reform act of 1995.  These statements are
based on current expectations and the current economic environment.  The
Company cautions that these statements are not guarantees of future
performance.  They involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are
difficult to predict.  Actual results could differ materially from those
expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements.  Important assumptions
and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those in the forward-look statements are specified in the
Company=s filings under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, on
file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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