MONTREAL - Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today announced that it priced the offering of $600 million aggregate principal amount of its senior notes due 2023 (the "2023 notes") at 5.875% and 99.062% of par value. The notes will be unsecured and guaranteed by substantially all of Resolute's U.S. subsidiaries.
The offering of the 2023 notes is expected to close on May 8, subject to customary closing conditions, with net proceeds used to repurchase, repay or otherwise discharge all, or substantially all, of its $501.2 million outstanding aggregate principal amount 10.25% senior secured notes due 2018 (the "2018 notes"). The Company is currently conducting a tender offer for the 2018 notes, which offer is scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on May 21, 2013, unless extended by the Company.
The 2023 notes are being sold in a private offering to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and to non-U.S. persons in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act. The notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws. Therefore, the notes may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offering, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. This press release is issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the Securities Act.
About Resolute Forest Products
Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company owns or operates over 40 pulp and paper mills and wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea, and power generation assets in Canada. Marketing its products in close to 90 countries, Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to at least one of three internationally-recognized sustainable forest management standards, including 65% certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Resolute and other member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada, as well as a number of environmental organizations, are partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to identify solutions to conservation issues that meet the goal of balancing equally the three pillars of sustainability linked to human activities: environmental, social and economic. Resolute is also a member of the World Wildlife Fund's Climate Savers program, in which businesses establish ambitious targets to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work aggressively toward achieving them.
Source: Resolute Forest Products Inc.
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