Johannesburg, South Africa, 02 February 2009 -- /PRNewswire/ -- In accordance with the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority's Disclosure (FSA's) and Transparency Rules, Sappi (NYSE:SPP) advises that its issued share capital comprises 537,117,864 ordinary shares of ZAR 1.00 each. Of that number, the company holds 21,197,362 shares in Treasury through a subsidiary company and a trust leaving 515,920,502 shares with voting rights, all of which rights are identical with each share carrying the right to one vote.
The above figures, reported for 30 January 2009, may be used by shareholders as the denominator for calculations by which they can determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in Sappi Limited under the Disclosure and Transparency Rules.
A global leader in the pulp and paper industry, Sappi Limited (NYSE:SPP) ( LSE: SPP) conducts its business through two business units: Sappi Fine Paper and Sappi Forest Products. Sappi Fine Paper, operating in Europe, North America, and South Africa, produces a wide range of coated fine paper brands with an international reputation for quality and innovation. The company also produces a range of uncoated graphic and business papers, coated and uncoated specialty papers, and casting release papers. Sappi Forest Products owns or manages approximately 540,000 hectares of plantations through Sappi Forests; is a leading Southern African fully integrated pulp, packaging paper, and newsprint business through Sappi Kraft; and is the world's leading producer of chemical cellulose used in the manufacture of viscose fiber through Sappi Saiccor; Sappi Trading, based in Hong Kong, operates a trading network for the international sales and distribution of the products of the two divisions outside their core operation regions. For more information, visit: www.sappi.com.