Interfor to acquire forest products company
October 6, 2022 | 1:54 am CDT

Chaleur Forest Products' sawmill.

BURNABY, B.C. – Interfor Corp. has reached an agreement with an affiliate of the Kilmer Group to acquire 100% of the equity interests in the entities comprising Chaleur Forest Products.

Chaleur owns “two modern and well-capitalized sawmill operations” located in Belledune and Bathurst, New Brunswick, with a combined annual lumber production capacity of 350 million board feet. 

Chaleur also operates a woodlands management division based out of Miramichi that manages approximately 30% of the total Crown forest in New Brunswick. This division provides a secure source of fiber supply for the sawmill operations as well as a stable, long-term stream of cash flow from third-party log sales, license management fees and silviculture activities.       

The purchase price is C$325 million ($239 million), on a cash and debt-free basis, which includes approximately C$31 million of net working capital. In addition, Interfor will assume Chaleur’s countervailing (“CV”) and anti-dumping (“AD”) duty deposits at closing, for consideration equal to 55% of the total deposits on an after-tax basis. As of Aug. 31, 2022, Chaleur had paid cumulative CV and AD duties of approximately $82 million.

“This acquisition is consistent with Interfor’s growth-focused strategy as a pure-play lumber producer and builds upon our recent expansion into Eastern Canada with further geographic diversity,” said Ian Fillinger, president & CEO. “New Brunswick has a secure, high quality and competitive log supply, a supportive investment environment and proximity to key eastern markets. These are well-managed and efficient mills with a desirable SPF product mix, which fit extraordinarily well within our existing portfolio. Chaleur’s strong management team further bolsters our core lumber strength and we look forward to welcoming the team into our company.”

On a proforma basis, Interfor’s total annual lumber production capacity will increase to 5.1 billion board feet, of which 44% will be in the US South, 19% in Eastern Canada, 15% in the US Northwest, 15% in British Columbia and 7% in Atlantic Canada.

The completion of the acquisition is subject to Canadian and U.S. regulatory reviews and customary conditions for a transaction of this kind and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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