Stora Enso divests non-core forest holdings in southern Sweden

Stora Enso divests non-core forest holdings in southern Sweden

PR Newswire

HELSINKI, Dec. 18, 2020

STORA ENSO OYJ INVESTOR NEWS 18 December 2020 at 15.15 EET

HELSINKI, Dec. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its forest land optimisation, Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest forest assets located in southern Sweden to the forestry fund Silvestica Green Forest AB. The total area of forest land in the transaction is approximately 5 200 hectares. The selling price is approximately SEK 940 million (EUR 90 million).

The transaction is in line with Stora Enso's policy of divesting non-core assets. The forest areas are located geographically far away from Stora Enso's other forest lands, which limits the scale benefits. The forest land divestment has no impact on Stora Enso's nearby Hylte Mill, which uses other wood supply sources for its production. The forest land corresponds to less than 0.5% of Stora Enso's total forest land area in Sweden.

The cash consideration for the divestment is EUR 90 million. Stora Enso will record a gain of approximately EUR 70 million, based on the assets' historical cost, in the Forest division's operational EBIT for the first quarter of 2021. The gain under IFRS will be approximately EUR 30 million, based on the estimated IFRS book value at the disposal date.

The transaction is expected to be closed during the first quarter of 2021.

For further information, please contact:
Ulrika Lilja
EVP, Communications
tel. +46 72 221 9228

Investor enquiries:
Ulla Paajanen
SVP, Investor Relations
tel. +358 40 763 8767
 

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has some 25 000 employees in over 30 countries. Our sales in 2019 were EUR 10.1 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com

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For further information, please contact:
Ulrika Lilja
EVP, Communications
tel. +46 72 221 9228

Investor enquiries:
Ulla Paajanen
SVP, Investor Relations
tel. +358 40 763 8767

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