Stora Enso to sell Nymolla paper mill in Sweden to Sylvamo for enterprise value of €150M--part of Stora Enso's plans to divest four of five paper mills--with closing in early 2023; mill has capacity of 485,000-tonnes of woodfree uncoated office papers

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September 15, 2022 (press release) –

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its Nymölla paper production site in Sweden, and all related assets to Sylvamo, a US-based global producer of uncoated paper. The enterprise value is EUR 150 million. Closing is expected in the beginning of 2023, subject to regulatory approvals.

This transaction is part of the earlier announced plan to divest four of Stora Enso’s five paper production sites. In line with its strategy, Stora Enso’s focus is on long-term growth potential for its renewable products in packaging, building solutions and biomaterials innovations.

“Following our recent agreement to divest the Maxau site, I am pleased that we found a good, experienced owner in Sylvamo for our Nymölla site. The process to divest the remaining paper assets continues,” says Seppo Parvi, CFO and Head of Paper division at Stora Enso.

Sylvamo’s plan is to integrate the Nymölla site into their global paper business, and the 520 employees in the mill organisation at Nymölla will be part of the transaction. TreeToTextile, the sustainable textile fiber company, is not part of the transaction and will continue operations at the site.

The Nymölla site’s capacity is 485,000 metric tonnes of woodfree uncoated office papers, with Multicopy as the leading paper brand. Based on the 2021 figures, the divestment is expected to reduce Stora Enso’s annual sales by approximately EUR 290 million. Stora Enso will, at closing, book a one-time disposal loss of approximately EUR 20 million in its IFRS operating profit, as an item affecting comparability, subject to closing date adjustments.

Stora Enso announced the divestment of its Maxau paper site to the Schwarz Produktion on 13 September. The divestment process continues for Hylte and Anjala paper sites with no committed timeline for conclusion. The process has no immediate effect on Stora Enso’s paper operations which continue to serve their respective customers.

BofA Securities acted as Stora Enso’s financial advisor on this transaction.

About Sylvamo
Sylvamo (NYSE: SLVM) is a global paper company with mills in Europe, Latin America and North America. It transforms renewable resources into papers that people depend on for education, communication and entertainment. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Sylvamo employs more than 7,500 people. Net sales for 2021 were $3.5 billion. For more information, please visit sylvamo.com.

Recent releases about Stora Enso’s paper assets:
29 March 2022: Stora Enso plans to divest four paper sites to focus on strategic growth areas
7 June 2022: Stora Enso assesses growth opportunities in recycled packaging materials with a conversion in Langerbrugge
13 September 2022: Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its Maxau paper site to Schwarz Produktion


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Carl Norell
Press officer
tel. +46 72 241 0349

Investor enquiries:
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SVP Investor Relations
Tel. +46 70 210 7691
 

 

Part of the global bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has approximately 22,000 employees and our sales in 2021 were EUR 10.2 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Oy (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm AB (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com

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For further information, please contact:
Carl Norell
Press officer
tel. +46 72 241 0349

Investor enquiries:
Anna-Lena Åström
SVP Investor Relations
Tel. +46 70 210 7691

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