DS Smith enters into binding agreement for sale of its European office products business Spicers to Unipapel for £200M, completion expected before Dec. 3

MAIDENHEAD, England , September 8, 2011 (press release) – Following the announcement made on 6 July 2011, that DS Smith had received a binding offer for Spicers from Unipapel S.A, DS Smith today announces that it has entered into a binding legal agreement with Unipapel S.A. in respect of the sale by DS Smith of its European office products wholesaling business ("Spicers") for an enterprise value of £200 million. This sale is expected to be completed on or before 31 December 2011. The agreement is subject to certain conditions, including anti-trust approval, and completion price adjustments.

Accordingly, Spicers will be treated as a discontinued business for DS Smith in the financial year 2011/12. Upon completion, DS Smith will be a focused, international supplier of recycled packaging for FMCG customers with the financial strength to invest in the organic growth of the business and to pursue acquisitions within a fragmented packaging sector, on a disciplined basis.

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