Weyerhaeuser to sell Uruguay timberlands and manufacturing business
Weyerhaeuser sells its timberlands and manufacturing business in Uruguay to a consortium led by BTG Pactual's Timberland Investment Group (TIG), including other long-term institutional investors, for $402.5 million in cash.
The transaction includes over 300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) of timberlands in northeastern and north central Uruguay, as well as a plywood and veneer manufacturing facility, a cogeneration facility, and a seedling nursery.
“Our Uruguay business is a unique combination of high-quality timberlands, value-added manufacturing operations and skilled and dedicated people, and this transaction will best position the business to reach its full potential,” said Doyle R. Simons, president and chief executive officer. “I am proud of the contributions our Uruguay employees have made to the success of Weyerhaeuser and the contributions they will make to the future success of these operations.”
The transaction is subject to customary purchase price adjustments and closing conditions, including regulatory review, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017. Weyerhaeuser Uruguay and the buyer consortium will continue to operate separately until the transaction closes.