Catalyst Paper Accepts Bid for Snowflake Mill Assets

Dec. 18, 2012 (Press Release) - Catalyst Paper announced that it has accepted, subject to US Court approval, a binding bid from an acquisition vehicle organized by Hackman Capital and its affiliates to purchase the assets of the closed Snowflake [Arizona] facility and the shares of Apache Railway for US$13,460,000 and other non-monetary consideration.

The buyer intends to continue to operate the Apache Railway as a going concern, and the transaction is supported by the Town of Snowflake and various local interests.

"We are pleased that this transaction has progressed efficiently and that the community's interests have been considered through the process and in the successful bid," said President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin J. Clarke. "While paper manufacturing is part of Snowflake's past, this transaction puts the asset on a path to a new future that can continue to bring value to the region."

The winning bid was made at the auction held on December 17, 2012 under the US Court-approved sale and investor solicitation procedures. The sale is expected to complete in the first quarter of 2013 and is subject to various closing conditions. A hearing in the US Court is scheduled for December 19, 2012 to consider approval of the sale.

Catalyst Paper manufactures diverse specialty mechanical printing papers, newsprint and pulp. Its customers include retailers, publishers and commercial printers in North America, Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe. With three mills, located in British Columbia, Catalyst has a combined annual production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes. The company is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and is ranked by Corporate Knights magazine as one of the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada.

SOURCE: Catalyst Paper Corporation