NewPage Corp.

Paper Companies Headline M&A Deal Log
February 8, 2014

Paper was at the core of a wide variety of deals announced in January, and those deals are likely to impact future supply and pricing. Assuming that the decline in demand for printed products levels off or slows down at some point, as a result of the transactions announced, printers are likely to have less available supply and a more limited choice of suppliers to pick from when they are sourcing paper.

Two of the largest remaining U.S. companies that manufacture printing papers reached out to each other and plan to merge. Verso Paper announced that it was acquiring NewPage.

February 1, 2014

Commercial Printing Industry News Briefs from Printing Impressions’ February 2014 edition, including Verso Acquiring NewPage, RR Donnelley Buying Esselte

Verso Paper Having Trouble Completing NewPage Deal
January 31, 2014

MEMPHIS, TN—Low participation in a debt exchange offer that is critical to completing the deal may kill Verso Paper's proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of NewPage Holdings, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Verso Paper Warns It May Not Complete NewPage Merger
January 30, 2014

Verso Paper says it may be unable to complete a $1.4 billion acquisition of its rival NewPage Holdings because of low participation in a crucial exchange offer, in which the company would exchange existing debt for another class of debt.

Based on the amount of debt offered up in the early part of the exchange period, Verso Paper says it is concerned that the effort won’t succeed.

Verso-NewPage Deal Will Face Antitrust Hurdles, Analyst Predicts
January 26, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice is likely to delay or even block the proposed merger of NewPage and Verso Paper, according to a news service that focuses on bankruptcy issues.

Because the deal may increase the likelihood of both post-merger unilateral effects and coordinated capacity reduction and price increases, DOJ is almost certain to issue a second request” for information, The Capitol Forum wrote in a Jan. 24 analysis.

“At a minimum, this will delay closing for several months, and could lead to a DOJ move to block the deal outright.”

Odd Verso-NewPage Structure Eyed Warily by Wall Street
January 21, 2014

The proposed merger of NewPage and Verso Paper would create a sort of two-headed beast—a prospect that seems to have Wall Street both baffled and concerned. It appears that NewPage would only be on the hook for debts related to the current NewPage assets rather than those of the combined company.

That arrangement was presumably made to satisfy NewPage’s bondholders, who would be understandably reluctant to take on Verso’s much riskier debt.

NewPage would pay Verso to take over such functions as purchasing, customer service, logistics, marketing, finance, legal, technology, operations, and manufacturing services.

Under New Owners, Paper Industry Will Continue to Change
January 19, 2014

In the long, painful story of the paper industry’s transformation, the news this month that NewPage Holdings had been sold to Memphis, TN-based Verso Paper counts as a positive development.

On the other hand, the news Saturday that the activist hedge fund that pressured Wausau Paper into selling its mills in Mosinee and Rhinelander now wants the company out of Wisconsin underscores the difficult, sometimes wrenching transition paper makers are still undergoing here.

Untangling the Verso-NewPage Deal
January 13, 2014

Somewhere there must be a person who fully understands all aspects of the proposed combination of NewPage and Verso Paper, North America’s two largest makers of magazine-quality paper.

What Verso and NewPage have worked out is far more complex than described in the companies’ announcements or even in stock analysts’ reports.

Here is Dead Tree Edition’s attempt to explain the structure and implications of the impending marriage, which was announced a week ago after a stormy, multi-year courtship.

Verso Paper Lands NewPage in $1.4 Billion Deal
January 10, 2014

MEMPHIS, TN—Verso Paper, a North American producer of coated papers, and NewPage Holdings, a Miamisburg, OH-based producer of coated, supercalendered and specialty papers, announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verso will acquire NewPage in a transaction valued at $1.4 billion.

Local (WI) Community Reacts to Sale of Paper Mill
January 8, 2014

A Wisconsin community is reacting after a billion dollar sale of three paper mills. On Monday, Verso Paper announced that it has purchased NewPage. That includes its mills in Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, and Biron.

The Tennessee based paper company bought NewPage for close to $1.5 billion. Right now NewPage employs more than 1,700 workers in Wisconsin.

So what does this sale mean to those employees?