Neenah to Acquire Premium Brands from Wausau Paper
ALPHARETTA, G—Dec. 7, 2011—Neenah Paper has signed a definitive agreement to purchase certain premium brands, including Astrobrights and Royal, from Wausau Paper. The transaction has been approved by the boards of both companies and is subject to customary closing conditions.
“The purchase of these profitable brands is consistent with our stated intent to participate in the consolidation of the premium paper category when it can create significant value for our shareholders with minimal investment,” said John O’Donnell, Neenah CEO. “The timing of this opportunity enables us to improve returns through greater utilization of our existing asset base and growth in new channels such as retail. In addition, our strategy and commitment remains to generate value by expanding in growth categories outside of paper.”
The purchase would be financed through existing credit facilities and operating cash flows. Closing is expected to occur on Jan. 31, 2012 and additional details will be shared at that time.
About Neenah Paper
Neenah Paper is a leader in premium image and performance-based products, including filtration, specialized substrates used for tapes, labels and other products, and high-end printing papers. Products are marketed under well-known brands such as Classic, Environment, Crane, Sundance, Kimdura, Gessner, Jet-Pro SofStretch and varitess. Neenah Paper is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia and sells products in over 70 countries worldwide from manufacturing operations in the United States and Germany.