Buckeye to Sell Merfin Systems Converting Business to National Tissue

Jan. 18, 2012 - Buckeye Technologies today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the assets and ongoing operations of its Merfin Systems converting business to National Tissue Company, LLC.

Merfin Systems, located in King, North Carolina, is a converter of towels, tissue and napkins which it sells along with proprietary paper product dispensers into the away from home market. It sells these products through selected distributors concentrated in the eastern U.S. and Canada. National Tissue is a privately owned converter located in Cudahy, Wisconsin.

National Tissue markets and sells its broad product line primarily through small and mid-sized distributors located in the Midwest.

National Tissue’s President, Mike Graverson, said, “Merfin is an excellent fit and will complement National Tissue’s core business. Merfin brings their proprietary dispensing systems and other product extensions to our basic offering. Adding a second and expandable operating location is a big step in our strategic roadmap.”

Buckeye’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Crowe said, “We are pleased that our employees in King are now partnered with a strategic industry player. While it has not been a core business for Buckeye, we have been pleased with our 15 year ownership of Merfin Systems. We believe this opens up new horizons for this fine company, and enables Buckeye to deploy the proceeds into its strategic operations.

“We expect to incur non-cash goodwill and fixed asset impairment charges of about $4 million in the October-December 2011 quarter. The sale along with associated liquidation of working capital is expected to generate approximately $6 million in cash,” Crowe said.

SOURCE: Buckeye Technologies Inc.