Helsinki, Finland 31 August 2015 -- Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its offset printed micro-flute packaging plant in Komárom, Hungary to Van Genechten Packaging International S.A., a leading Belgian packaging company.
The initial cash consideration for the divestment of the shares is approximately EUR 12 million, subject to customary closing day adjustments. The transaction has no material income statement impact and is expected to be completed within one month.
"There have been major changes in the Komárom plant's customer base, making the plant no longer strategic to Stora Enso. I believe that a new, solid, international owner can give the company the attention it deserves and develop it further in the new situation," says Gilles van Nieuwenhuyzen, Head of Packaging Solutions division.
Based on 2014 annual figures, the divestment is expected to reduce Stora Enso's annual sales by EUR 14 million and simultaneously decrease the annual corrugated packaging converting capacity by approximately 15 million m2. The Komárom plant employs approximately 90 people.
About Van Genechten Packaging International S.A.
VGPI is an independent industrial group with seat in Luxembourg. It consists of 11 folding carton factories in 8 countries, leading the European consumer goods industry with printed folding cartons, microflute and other packaging solutions. With an annual turnover of €295 million, the group converts more than 200,000 tons of cardboard each year and employs 1,600 people.
Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wood and paper on global markets. Our aim is to replace non-renewable materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials. We employ some 27 000 people in more than 35 countries, and our sales in 2014 were EUR 10.2 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY) on the International OTCQX over-the-counter market. www.storaenso.com