Montreal, Quebec, Canada 17 May 2013 -- Tembec Inc. (“Tembec”) announced today the closing of the sale of its NBSK pulp mill and related assets located in Skookumchuck, British Columbia to Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation (“Paper Excellence”). Total consideration for the transaction is $94.6 million, including $25.5 million in working capital. The purchase price remains subject to closing working capital adjustments.
Tembec will use the cash proceeds to pay down revolving operating debt and for general corporate purposes.
Approximately 280 employees are included in the transaction. Tembec acquired the pulp mill in 1999 as part of the acquisition of Crestbrook Forest Industries Ltd.
Tembec is a manufacturer of forest products – lumber, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose – and a global leader in sustainable forest management practices. Principal operations are in Canada and France. With annual sales of approximately $2 billion, Tembec now has 3,400 employees and is listed on the TSX (TMB).
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