Stora Enso to Sell Its Stake in Arapoti Paper Mill in Brazil

Dec. 31, 2015 (Press Release) - Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its entire 80% shareholding in the Arapoti magazine paper mill in Parana, Brazil, to Papeles Bio Bio, a Chilean paper producer. The consideration for the divestment of the shares is approximately EUR 21 million, subject to customary closing day adjustments. The loss on disposal amounts to approximately EUR 27 million and will be recorded as a non-recurring item in Stora Ensoís fourth quarter 2015 results.

The transaction will reduce Stora Ensoís net debt by approximately EUR 18 million.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2016. At completion, the cumulative translation adjustment loss will be transferred from an equity reserve to the income statement. Based on the foreign exchange rate on 30 November 2015, the cumulative translation adjustment loss is estimated to be EUR 30 million.

Arapotiís plantation company, which owns 30 000 hectares of plantations, and in which Stora Enso has a 20% shareholding, is not part of the transaction.

Based on 2015 annual figures, the transaction decreases Stora Ensoís sales by approximately EUR 100 million.

"Arapoti Mill is in good technical shape and has a loyal customer base. I believe that it will benefit from being part of a Chilean company with a newsprint production unit close to the mill," says Kati ter Horst, EVP Paper division at Stora Enso.

Arapoti Mill is the only producer of coated magazine paper (LWC) in South America. The majority of its production is sold to the domestic market and the rest to other Latin American countries. The mill has an annual production capacity of 185,000 tonnes of LWC, and it employs 320 people. Arauco, a Chilean forest products company, owns 20% of Arapoti Mill.

About the buyer
Papeles Bio Bio S.A. is a Chilean producer of newsprint and mechanical speciality papers, with one mill located in Chile and one in Brazil. Papeles Bio Bioís annual paper production is approximately 300,000 tonnes and the company serves the major newsprint publishers and commercial printers of South America. It is owned by a consortium of Chilean and international investors.

Stora Enso produces chemical pulp, paper and board, corrugated packaging, and sawn wood products, including value-added products. To learn more, please visit: www.storaenso.com

SOURCE: Stora Enso