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Sappi successfully concludes its acquisition of the speciality paper business of Cham Paper Group Holding AG

Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of dissolving wood pulp, specialities and packaging papers, printing and writing papers and biomaterials, today announced that all conditions precedent relating to the acquisition of the speciality paper business of Cham Paper Group Holding AG (CPG) have been fulfilled and closing has been completed.

The transaction includes the acquisition of CPG’s Carmignano and Condino Mills in Italy, its digital imaging business located in Cham, Switzerland as well as all brands and know-how.

The main benefits of the acquisition include support for Sappi’s diversification strategy and 2020vision to grow in higher margin growth segments; the strengthening of Sappi Europe’s specialities and packaging papers footprint and skills; adds 160,000 tons of speciality paper to our capacity; it increases Sappi’s relevance in specialities and packaging papers, opening new customers and markets to Sappi’s existing products and generating economies of scale and synergies

Additionally, the acquisition helps gain greater share-of-wallet with valued brand owners, accelerating innovation and new product development; and improved near-term profitability and serve as a platform for organic growth and further acquisitions. Will add €183 million of sales and approximately €20 million of EBITDA before considering synergies; it builds on the investments currently underway to increase specialities and packaging papers capacity at our Somerset, Maastricht and Alfeld Mills and unlocks the growth potential of the CPG speciality paper business.

Commenting on the transaction Steve Binnie, CEO of Sappi Limited, said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to finalise this acquisition so quickly. We are now able to move with speed to combine Cham’s strong brands, employees and assets with Sappi’s global presence. Our existing, as well as new customers, will benefit from a broader range of products coupled with our well-established excellent customer service.

This transaction strengthens Sappi’s specialities and packaging papers business both in Europe and globally, improves our profitability and is another significant milestone towards realising our Vision2020 goal.”