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Verso Paper Corp.
Memphis, Tennessee, USA, 27 May 2009 -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Verso Paper Corp. (NYSE: VRS) announced today that its subsidiary, Verso Escrow LLC, is proposing to issue USD 325 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2014 in a private offering that is exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

The offer is subject to a number of conditions, including the amendment of the existing senior secured credit facilities of Verso's subsidiary, Verso Paper Holdings LLC, to, among other things, permit the incurrence of the Notes on a parity basis with the lenders and eliminate the requirement to maintain a net first-lien secured debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio. Verso Holdings and Verso Paper Inc., another subsidiary, will assume Verso Escrow's obligations under the Notes upon the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.

Verso Holdings intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay the full USD 252.9 million outstanding under its senior secured term loan. Any additional proceeds received from the sale of the Notes will be used for general corporate purposes, including to repay revolving credit borrowings. 

The Notes are being offered only to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act, and outside the United States only to non-U.S. investors pursuant to Regulation S. The Notes will not initially be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from registration requirements or a transaction not subject to the registration requirements of the Securities Act or any state securities laws.

Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Verso Paper Corp. is a leading North American producer of coated papers, including coated groundwood and coated freesheet, and supercalendered and specialty products. Verso's paper products are used primarily in media and marketing applications, including magazines, catalogs, and commercial printing applications such as high-end advertising brochures, annual reports, and direct-mail advertising.


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