NewPage Enters Chapter 11 Restructuring Process
“We strongly believe that the court-supervised restructuring we began today is the most effective means of strengthening our financial position and enhancing our standing as the leading producer of printing and specialty paper in North America,” said George F. Martin, president and CEO of NewPage. “We expect to continue to provide our customers with the exceptional service and high-quality products they have come to expect. We recognize customers have choices, and NewPage needs to continue to earn their trust and loyalty every day. We expect to continue to run safe and efficient operations, be candid with all of our stakeholders and act as a responsible community member both during and after our financial restructuring.”
Jay A. Epstein, senior vice president and chief financial officer for NewPage, added, “A successful restructuring will allow NewPage to emerge as a financially stronger company that is even better positioned to compete and succeed in this dynamic industry environment. To this end, we fully expect to work productively with our lenders and other creditors to develop our Chapter 11 plan as efficiently as possible. We are confident that the DIP financing we have secured will allow us to maintain continuity in our U.S. businesses as we complete this process.”
Intention to Commence CCAA Proceedings for NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp.
NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp. has brought proceedings before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Canadian entity is in discussions with potential buyers and hopes to complete a successful sale of the mill while under the anticipated court protection.
On August 22, NewPage announced that it would take downtime at NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp. due to market and economic conditions that had prevented it from profitably operating the mill for more than a year. NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp. plans to use funds arising from its Settlement and Transition Agreement to continue a “hot idle” at the mill and preserve the value of its assets while it continues discussions with potential buyers.