France following consultations with appropriate works councils. As a result, a
sale and purchase agreement has been signed by both parties.
On 17 January 2012, SCA announced that its packaging operations – excluding the
two kraftliner mills in Sweden – will be sold to DS Smith. The agreed purchase
price amounts to EUR 1.7bn on a debt free basis.
As for the French part of
the packaging operations, the price for which is included in the announced
purchase price, DS Smith had made a formal offer to acquire also those
operations. This acquisition was subject to consultation with the French works
councils and has been managed separately.
After the consultation with the
French works councils has been completed, SCA has accepted DS Smith's formal
offer, and as a result, a sale and purchase agreement for the French operations
has now been signed.
Following the signing of the sale and purchase
agreement, the process will continue towards completing the entire transaction,
which includes review of relevant competition authorities. Closing of the
transaction is expected to take place in the second quarter 2012.
Sweden, 25 April 2012
For additional information, please contact:
Altan, Vice President Media Relations, +46 8 788 5237
Johan Karlsson, Vice
President Investor Relations, +46 8 788 5130
NB: This information is such
that SCA must disclose in accordance with the Securities Markets Act. The
information was submitted for publication on 25 April 2012 at 08.00 CET.
SCA is a global hygiene and paper company that develops and produces personal
care products, tissue, publication papers, solid-wood products and packaging
solutions. Sales are conducted in some 100 countries. SCA has many well-known
brands, including the global brands TENA and Tork. Sales in 2011 amounted to SEK
106 billion (EUR 11.7 billion). SCA has approximately 44,000 employees. More
information at www.sca.com