Tembec to Sell Two Kraft Pulp Mills in France
April 1, 2010 - Tembec today said that its European subsidiary, Tembec SAS, is in advanced negotiations with Paper Excellence B.V. for the sale of two Kraft pulp mills located in Tarascon and Saint-Gaudens, France.
The potential deal was first announced in November of 2009.
According to Tembec, as currently proposed, Paper Excellence B.V. would acquire 100% of the shares of Tembec Saint-Gaudens SAS and Tembec Tarascon SAS, two subsidiaries of Tembec SAS. The total consideration for the proposed deal would be approximately 100 million Euros (C $137 million or USD 135.8 million) allocated as between shares and assumption of debt, subject to closing working capital adjustments.
Due to the advanced nature of the negotiations, Tembec SAS has initiated the process of consultation with mill employee committees, as required under French Law.
Tembec SAS expects to finalize the transaction shortly after the consultation process is complete.
"This contemplated transaction is consistent with the Strategic Plan launched by the company following the February 2008 recapitalization of our balance sheet and, in our view, represents fair value for these assets," said James Lopez, President and CEO of Tembec.