Nine Dragons Paper to acquire Catalyst Paper’s Pulp and Paper Mills in Maine and Wisconsin

ND Paper LLC has signed a definitive agreement with Catalyst Paper Corporation to acquire the Rumford, Maine and Biron, Wisconsin paper mills for US$175.0 million. The consideration paid will be satisfied by the Company through its existing cash and bank borrowings.

Nine Dragons Paper to acquire Catalyst Paper’s Pulp and Paper Mills in Maine and Wisconsin
Yan Cheung, Chairlady of Nine Dragons.

“We are very pleased to welcome the Rumford and Biron mills to the Nine Dragons family. We are committed to making these mills more competitive on a global scale, while staying true to our core values as an environmentally friendly and socially responsible enterprise with utmost respect for our employees,” said Yan Cheung, Chairlady of Nine Dragons. “We look forward to working with the teams and communities in Maine and Wisconsin as we embark on this next phase of expansion together.”

The acquisition is an upstream integration of the Company’s current business and is an important step in executing the Company’s global fiber sourcing and customer strategy. The acquisition is expected to generate significant benefits for both the mill sites and Nine Dragons:

  • Nine Dragons will gain access to high quality virgin fiber, resulting in increased access to a more secure and cost-effective channel for raw material supply.
  • Nine Dragons will diversify its manufacturing base.
  • The acquisition and future capital investment in growing the mills’ capabilities in high growth packaging paper and pulp products will help invigorate the local Wisconsin and Maine economies, allowing them to stay competitive and prosper in the global market.

The Rumford and Biron paper mills are engaged in the business of manufacturing and distributing certain types of pulp and paper products. The mill in Rumford is a fully-integrated pulp and paper mill consisting of three paper production lines, with a combined annual capacity of approximately 550,000 tonnes, which are capable of producing coated one-side, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper coated freesheet and coated groundwood grades and two kraft pulping lines that produce both hardwood and softwood grades and have excess production capacity supplying all internal needs, selling approximately 120,000 tonnes of kraft pulp to the market. The mill in Biron is a pulp and paper mill consisting of two paper production lines with a combined annual production capacity of 340,000 tonnes producing coated groundwood grades.

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