AbitibiBowater to redeem US$85M principal amount of its 10.25% senior secured notes due 2018 on Nov. 4, will reduce total debt to US$586M

MONTREAL , October 4, 2011 (press release) – AbitibiBowater Inc. (NYSE: ABH) (TSX: ABH) announced today that the Company would take advantage of its strong liquidity position to redeem an additional $85 million of its debt. The redemption will reduce AbitibiBowater's total debt to a face amount of approximately $586 million. This step is in addition to the approximately $270 million of debt the Company redeemed in June 2011.

"Today's announcement underscores our commitment to reduce debt and the associated interest burden at every opportunity," stated Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Debt reduction remains a key part of our strategy to decrease fixed costs and improve the Company's financial position and competitiveness."

The Company will use available cash to carry out the redemption of $85 million in principal amount of its 10.25% senior secured notes due 2018, plus accrued and unpaid interest. The redemption is scheduled to occur on November 4, 2011, at a redemption price of 103%.

AbitibiBowater and other member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada, as well as a number of environmental organizations, are partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to identify solutions to conservation issues that meet the goal of balancing the three pillars of sustainability linked to human activities: economic, social and environmental.

AbitibiBowater is a global leader in the forest products industry, producing a diverse range of products, including newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company owns or operates 18 pulp and paper mills and 24 wood products facilities located in the United States, Canada and South Korea. Marketing its products in close to 90 countries, AbitibiBowater also has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to sustainable forest management standards. The Company's shares trade under the stock symbol ABH on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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