The agreement implies that BillerudKorsnäs acquires Bergvik Skog Öst AB, which comprises approximately 350,000 hectares of forest land in Sweden, and in connection to that divests 5 per cent of the shares in Bergvik Skog Väst AB to Stora Enso.
The purchase price for Bergvik Skog Öst AB amounts to approximately SEK 6.4 billion on a debt free basis and after reduction of deferred tax, corresponding to approximately SEK 18,000 per hectar of forestland. The net cash effect after the acquisition of Bergvik Skog Öst AB and the transfer of 5 per cent of the shares in Bergvik Skog Väst AB, amounts to SEK 5.4 billion, which is entirely financed by bank loans.
“The repurchase of Bergvik Skog Öst is part of our strategy to ensure a long-term competitive and stable wood supply. Going forward our intent is to find suitable investors to this forest land and thereby ensure long-term wood agreements, rather than tying our capital into forest assets. The process to find suitable investors is ongoing,” says Petra Einarsson, CEO and President at BillerudKorsnäs.