Last Friday, West Fraser announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the sale of its Quesnel River Pulp mill in Quesnel (British Columbia) and its Slave Lake Pulp mill in Slave Lake (Alberta) to Atlas Holdings. Atlas owns and operates several pulp, paper, and wood products businesses in Canada and the United States.
The agreement announced today includes related woodlands operations and timber holdings in Alberta and a long-term fiber supply agreement for the Quesnel River Pulp facility.
Upon closing of the transaction, the Quesnel River and Slave Lake pulp mills will be operated by Millar Western Forest Products, which joined the global Atlas family of manufacturing and distribution businesses in 2017. Millar Western is a more than 100-year-old Canadian forest products company headquartered in Edmonton with existing pulp mill operations in Alberta, establishing a strong foundation and a bright future for the Quesnel River and Slave Lake pulp mills.
Combined total cash proceeds from the sale are US$120 million.
“We believe this transaction provides these two great assets and teams a strong strategic future while allowing West Fraser to focus our resources on our objective to be the premier wood building products company in North America,” said Ray Ferris, West Fraser’s President & CEO. “Atlas Holdings and Millar Western bring deep experience in the pulp sector, and we look forward to continuing to work together as a key fiber supplier to Quesnel River Pulp.”
“This transaction will provide the dedicated and skilled teams at Quesnel River and Slave Lake with a solid future. Our team intends to continue investing in these high-quality mills and we look forward to collectively strengthening our product offerings and value proposition to the global BCTMP marketplace,” said David Anderson, CEO of Millar Western.
“Millar Western is highly respected as a leader in wood products in the region and beyond, and we look forward to welcoming the Quesnel River and Slave Lake mills to the Atlas family of companies,” said Atlas Partner Neil Mahajan.
The transaction is anticipated to close following successful completion of customary regulatory reviews and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. West Fraser will provide a further update during its third-quarter results conference call.
TD Securities Inc. is acting as the exclusive financial advisor, and McMillan LLP is acting as the legal advisor to West Fraser. Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is acting as the legal advisor to Atlas.
To find out more about West Fraser, visit website www.westfraser.com.
To find out more about Atlas Holdings, visit website www.atlasholdingsllc.com.