Catalyst Starts Sale Process of Its Paper Mill in Snowflake, Arizona

The Snowflake Mill produces 100% recycled newsprint and specialties papers on two paper machines. The mill has an annual capacity to produce 281,000 tons of newsprint and 65,000 tons of specialties

Sept. 18, 2012 - Catalyst Paper announced [yesterday] that it has begun a sale process for its Snowflake mill and associated assets in accordance with the US Court-approved sale and investor solicitation procedures (SISP).

The Snowflake facility is located in the foothills of the White Mountains in northeastern Arizona. The assets for sale under the sale process include the equipment and other assets associated with the paper mill, approximately 19,000 acres of land and The Apache Railway Company.

The steps and timeline for soliciting bids to purchase the Snowflake mill and associated assets will be implemented as follows:

    (a) an initial offering summary and confidentiality agreement will be distributed to known potential bidders on September 17, 2012;

    (b) potential bidders are to submit certain information and an executed confidentiality agreement not later than 5:00 p.m. (Vancouver time) on October 1, 2012;

    (c) qualified bidders will be determined within three business days after such potential bidders have delivered their materials;

    (d) qualified bidders are to submit a non-binding indication of interest not later than 5:00 p.m. (Vancouver time) on November 1, 2012 (the Phase 1 Bid Deadline);

    (e) the non-binding indication of interest will be assessed within three business days after the Phase 1 Bid Deadline;

    (f) once the non-binding indication of interest has been determined to likely be consummated, the bidder will submit a purchase bid or investment bid not later than 5:00 p.m. (Vancouver time) 30 calendar days from being advised by Catalyst to do so (the Phase 2 Bid Deadline);

    (g) the purchase bid or investment bid will be assessed within the three business days following the Phase 2 Bid Deadline; and

    (h) in the event that Catalyst determines there is more than one qualified purchase bid or investment bid, an auction will be conducted on a date and at a time and location to be advised by Catalyst to such qualified bidders.

Potential bidders who have questions about the recapitalization may contact Nancy Turner of Perella Weinberg Partners, the financial advisor for Catalyst Paper, at 415-671-4550.

Catalyst Paper manufactures a broad range of specialty printing papers, newsprint and pulp. Its customers include retailers, publishers and commercial printers in North America, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim. With four mills, located in British Columbia and Arizona, Catalyst has a combined annual production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes. Capacity will be 1.5 million tonnes upon closure of the mill in Snowflake, AZ effective September 30, 2012. 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

See related story:
- Catalyst Paper to Close Its Recycled Newsprint Mill in Snowflake, Arizona (7/31/2012)