Verso Paper Permanently Shutting Down Three Paper Machines
“Verso remains committed to customer service and delivery of high-quality paper products, and we will work closely with our customers to make the necessary transitions as seamlessly as possible,” said Mike Weinhold, Verso senior vice president of sales, marketing and product development.
The paper machine shutdowns will result in an aggregate pre-tax charge to earnings of approximately $22 million, which is expected to occur primarily in the fourth quarter of 2011. This includes approximately $13 million for severance and benefit costs; approximately $7 million in non-cash charges related to the accelerated depreciation of property and equipment over a reduced remaining useful life and the write-off of related spare parts; and approximately $2 million related to other costs. The severance and other shutdown costs require the outlay of cash, which is expected to occur primarily in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Costs associated with shutdown activities are based on currently available information and reflect management’s best estimates; accordingly, actual cash costs and non-cash charges and their timing may differ from the projections stated above.
Based in Memphis, TN, Verso Paper Corp. is a leading North American producer of coated papers, including coated groundwood and coated freesheet, and specialty paper 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.