MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- International Paper Company (NYSE: IP) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Temple-Inland Inc. (NYSE: TIN) through the merger of its wholly owned subsidiary Metal Acquisition Inc. with and into Temple-Inland. Temple-Inland is now a wholly owned subsidiary of International Paper. Under the terms of the transaction, each issued and outstanding share of Temple-Inland common stock has been converted into the right to receive $32.00 in cash, without interest thereon, and less any applicable withholding taxes. Including the assumption of approximately $700 million in Temple-Inland net debt, the total transaction value is approximately $4.5 billion.

As a result of the acquisition, Temple-Inland's common stock will cease trading on the New York Stock Exchange today. International Paper Chairman and CEO John Faraci said, "We are very pleased to have completed this compelling transaction. The combination of International Paper and Temple-Inland strengthens our North American packaging business and enhances our ability to generate cash flow while maintaining our strong balance sheet. We look forward to working with the employees of Temple-Inland as we successfully integrate our businesses and create an even stronger company with substantial benefits for our customers, employees and shareholders."

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global paper and packaging company with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging, complemented by xpedx, the Company's North American distribution company. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, the company employs about 61,000 people in more than 24 countries and serves customers worldwide. 2011 net sales were $26 billion. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit internationalpaper.com.

About Temple-Inland

Temple-Inland Inc. is a manufacturing company focused on corrugated packaging and building products. The fully integrated corrugated packaging operation consists of 7 mills and 59 converting facilities. The building products operation manufactures a diverse line of building products for new home construction, commercial and repair and remodeling markets. Temple-Inland's address on the World Wide Web is www.templeinland.com.

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