Federal Way, Washington, USA, 29 December 2008 — Citing weaker shipping markets and tight financing conditions for potential buyers, Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY) today announced it is discontinuing active marketing of its Westwood Shipping Line.
Weyerhaeuser had announced in May that it was exploring a strategic alternative for Westwood, a wholly‑owned subsidiary that operates a fleet of seven ships used by customers to ship forest products, containerized, and oversized cargo.
“We did not feel that the current market conditions would allow us to recognize a reasonable value for our assets and operations,” said Guy Stephenson, Westwood Shipping Line president. “We look forward to continuing to provide safe, uninterrupted service to our customers while pursuing new business opportunities and expanding our service.”
Westwood serves customers in more than 20 ports in Japan, Korea, China, and North America with a fixed-day, weekly sailing schedule.
The announcement does not affect the company’s exploration of strategic alternatives for four regional short line railroads – the DeQueen & Eastern, Columbia & Cowlitz, MSV, and Golden Triangle. Weyerhaeuser primarily uses the short line railroads to source mills in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Washington. In addition, some third‑party customers use the lines for select transportation needs.
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2007, sales were USD 16.3 billion. It has offices or operations in 13 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution, and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, development, and related activities. Additional information about Weyerhaeuser's businesses, products, and practices is available at http://www.weyerhaeuser.com.