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Catalyst Paper emerges from creditor protection

Pulp & Paper Canada
September 18, 2012
By Pulp & Paper Canada
Papermaking at Catalyst Paper's Port Alberni site. Photo courtesy Catalyst Paper.
Papermaking at Catalyst Paper's Port Alberni site. Photo courtesy Catalyst Paper.

Catalyst Paper has completed its reorganization and emerged from creditor protection with less debt and lower annual costs.

“We entered the reorganization process with a clear objective to put Catalyst on stronger financial footing and we have done so,” said Kevin J. Clarke, president and CEO. “Many parties worked long and hard to resolve balance sheet and cashflow issues constructively and quickly throughout the process. I am very proud of our employees who stayed focused throughout this challenging period. Sales kept our order book strong, operations ran well and, going forward, we intend to capitalize on the momentum generated to compete even more vigorously in the markets for our products.”

As a result of the reorganization and related transactions, Catalyst reduced its debt by $390 million, eliminated $80 million of accrued interest and reduced annual interest expense and other cash costs by approximately $70 million.

In recent weeks, the papermaker has begun the sales process for two properties -- the Elk Falls mill site in Campbell River, B.C., and its recycled paper mill in Arizona.

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