Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) today announced the sale of its Containerboard Packaging and Recycling business to International Paper (NYSE: IP) for $6 billion in cash, subject to post closing adjustments. Weyerhaeuser said it expects to use a substantial portion of the after-tax proceeds from the sale to pay down debt.
The transaction includes nine containerboard mills, 72 packaging locations, 10 specialty-packaging plants, four kraft bag and sack locations and 19 recycling facilities. (See list at end of release for locations.) The transaction affects approximately 14,300 employees.
Steven R. Rogel, chairman and chief executive officer, said the announcement completes the company’s strategic review of the CBPR business.
“We are pleased with the outcome and we will continue to focus on those areas that present the greatest opportunities for the future,” Rogel said. “This future begins with the trees and the land, and our outstanding stewardship of these resources. To this we add our unique expertise in growing and extracting value from the trees and the land on which they grow.
“I want to thank the CBPR employees for their dedication, patience and professional approach during this review. Their efforts continue to improve the performance of this business and I’m confident that this transaction positions CBPR for an even more successful future.”
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory review and receipt of financing by International Paper. The transaction is currently expected to close in the second half of 2008. International Paper has committed financing for the entire purchase price. Weyerhaeuser CBPR and International Paper will continue to operate separately until the transaction closes.
Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisor to Weyerhaeuser in the transaction.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT
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Nine containerboard mills (6.3 million tons capacity)
Alabama: Pine Hill
Iowa: Cedar Rapids
Oregon: Albany, Springfield
72 packaging locations (99.4 billion square feet capacity)
Arizona: Phoenix, Yuma
Arkansas: Fort Smith,Russellville
California: Anaheim, Camarillo, Compton, Elk Grove, Exeter, Modesto, Salinas, Sanger, Santa Paula
Florida: Plant City, Tampa
Georgia: Columbus, Griffin, Lithonia
Illinois: Aurora, Bedford Park, Belleville, Lincoln, Montgomery, Rockford
Indiana: Butler, Indianapolis
Iowa: Cedar Rapids, Waterloo
Kansas: Kansas City
Kentucky: Bowling Green, Louisville
Michigan: Three Rivers, Warren
Minnesota: Austin, Fridley, St. Paul, White Bear Lake
Mississippi: Jackson, Magnolia, Olive Branch
Missouri: Maryland Heights, St. Joseph
New Jersey: Barrington, Bellmawr
New York: Rochester
North Carolina: Charlotte, Lumberton, Newton
Ohio: Delaware, Eaton, Mount Vernon
Oklahoma: Oklahoma City
Oregon: Beaverton, Portland
Texas: Amarillo, Dallas, McAllen, Sealy
Washington: Bellevue, Moses Lake, Olympia, Yakima
Mexico: Ixtac, Mexico City, Monterrey, Silao
10 specialty packaging plants
North Carolina: Charlotte
Oregon: Beaverton, Hillsboro, Salem
Four kraft bag and sack locations (199,000 tons capacity)
California: Buena Park
North Carolina: Charlotte
19 recycling facilities
California: Fremont, Los Angeles/Norwalk, West Sacramento
Iowa: Des Moines
Minnesota: New Brighton
North Carolina: Charlotte
Oregon: Beaverton, Eugene
Utah: Salt Lake City