Sean Erwin, Chief Executive Officer, said, "With this transaction, we have successfully completed our strategy to exit pulp and transform into a larger, more global specialty and premium paper company." Mr. Erwin continued, "This sale is the fourth and final transaction in this transformation, and we believe the approach we took to separate the sales of the timberlands from the pulp mills optimized the value we received for these assets. With this sale, ownership of the woodlands is again closely aligned with the pulp and forestry companies in Nova Scotia. Neenah Paper will use the proceeds to pay down debt, including a $40 million term loan that is part of our revolving credit facility, and this will result in an attractive and flexible capital structure going forward."
Since the sale price is approximately equal to the tax basis of the timberlands, the transaction is not expected to generate a cash tax liability. A pre-tax book gain on the sale of approximately $75 million will be recognized at the time of closing. In addition, with this sale the company will have exited from all of its Canadian operations, and as a result, a non-cash gain of $88 million will be recognized into earnings for the reclassification of deferred foreign currency translation gains from accumulated other comprehensive income.
About Neenah Paper, Inc.
Neenah Paper is a leading global manufacturer of premium, performance- based papers and specialty products used in a variety of applications including filtration, printing and writing, and as backing and component materials for many specialized industrial and consumer applications. Products are marketed under well-known brands such as CLASSIC(R), ENVIRONMENT(R), CRANE(R), KIMDURA(R), Gessner(R), JET-PRO(R) SofStretch(TM) and varitess(R). Based in Alpharetta, Georgia, the company has paper manufacturing operations in the United States and Germany. Additional information about Neenah Paper can be found at the company's web site, www.neenah.com.
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