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Mondi divests interest in newsprint firm

2012-10-02 17:10

Johannesburg – International packaging and paper group Mondi [JSE:MND] and Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget have sold their 100% interest in jointly owned Aylesford Newsprint to The Martland.

The Martland Holdings is an independent private equity firm which focuses on acquiring non-core divisions of corporations and private companies worldwide.

Aylesford Newsprint‚ located in Kent‚ UK‚ has capacity to produce approximately 400 000 tonnes of newsprint per annum from 100% recycled fibre. The company supplies the major national newspapers groups in the UK and exports some of its production to mainland Europe.

The shares in Aylesford Newsprint were sold for a nominal consideration satisfied in cash at completion. Immediately prior to completion‚ the company was re-capitalised‚ with the proceeds used to repay in full its interest bearing debt and leave net cash of £23m.

Mondi Group’s loss on disposal of its 50% interest in the company will be approximately €71m‚ accounted for as a non operating special item‚ and the estimated negative cash flow effect of this transaction will be approximately €17m.

Mondi Group CEO David Hathorn said: "This disposal allows us to continue to focus on our core businesses‚ while creating an opportunity for Aylesford to continue supplying newsprint to the major national newspaper groups in the UK."

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