Answers Corp [AFCVHA.UL], which owns the Answers.com and Multiply websites, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday with a plan to swap ownership of the company to creditors who are owed about $540 million, according to court documents.
Answers was acquired by Apax Partners, a European private equity firm, for about $900 million in 2014.
The company's namesake website offers user-generated answers on a range of topics, such as "how can you cook a cucumber?" and "does mercury in a thermometer go bad?"
The company rebranded itself last year as Multiply, a "fan engagement platform" that connects celebrities and their followers.
St Louis-based Answers also owns ForeSee, which provides customer surveys, and Webcollage, a platform for website publishing.
Under the company's plan, Answers will lower its debt by $471 million, according to documents filed in Manhattan's U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The plan has already been approved by 98 percent of Answers creditors.
(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by Bill Rigby)