Svenska Cellulosa AB (SCA): Acquisition of Wausau Paper
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SCA's acquisition of Wausau Paper, a leading North American Away-from-Home Tissue Company has been closed for the total consideration of USD 513 million in cash. SCA will consolidate Wausau Paper as of January 21, 2016.
"SCA is the world's leading supplier of Away-from-Home tissue with the global brand Tork®. This acquisition is an excellent strategic fit and makes us a stronger supplier in North America. The acquisition will generate benefits for SCA and our customers," said Magnus Groth, President and CEO, SCA.
The transaction expands SCA's North America footprint and production capacity, and the combined businesses will provide customers with a comprehensive portfolio of products. The acquisition is expected to generate annual synergies amounting to approximately USD 40 million with full effect three years after closing. Synergies are expected in sourcing, production, logistics, reduced imports, increased volumes of premium products and reduced SG&A costs. The restructuring costs are expected to amount to approximately USD 50 million.
SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company. The Group develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products. Sales are conducted in about 100 countries under many strong brands, including the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and regional brands, such as Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo and Vinda. As Europe's largest private forest owner, SCA places considerable emphasis on sustainable forest management. The Group has about 44,000 employees. Sales in 2014 amounted to approximately SEK 104bn (EUR 11.4bn). SCA was founded in 1929, has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. For more information, visit www.sca.com.
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