Acquisition of UPM's packaging paper operations approved by the requisite regulatory authorities

The requisite regulatory authorities have approved Billerud Finland Oy's acquisition of UPM's packaging paper operations at Pietarsaari and Tervasaari. Billerud Finland Oy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Billerud AB. The purchase price is around EUR 130 million.

“The acquisition strengthens our offering in packaging paper and provides us with a strong platform for the further development of smarter packaging solutions. Also, the acquisition sharply reduces our pulp exposure as we will purchase an annual pulp volume corresponding to around 85% of Billerud's present pulp sales volume. We also reduce our currency exposure,” says Per Lindberg, President and CEO of Billerud.

The transaction involves Billerud taking over one paper machine at Pietarsaari and one at Tervasaari, both in Finland. In 2011, sales amounted to around EUR 220 million (SEK 2 billion). Manufactured products are various packaging papers (sack/kraft paper) with extensive areas of use in the food, retail, construction and other industries.

Completion of the acquisition is expected to take place during the second quarter of 2012.

For further information please contact:
Per Lindberg, President and CEO, +46(0)8-553 335 01, +46(0)70-248 15 17
Susanne Lithander, CFO,+46(0)8-553 335 07, +46(0)73-037 08 74

The information is such that Billerud Aktiebolag (publ) is obligated to publish under the Swedish Securities Market Act. Submitted for publication at 8 am CET, 22 May 2012. This press release has been prepared in a Swedish, an English and a Finnish version. In the event of variations between the language versions, the Swedish version shall take precedence.

Billerud – “The Natural Part in Smarter Packaging”. Packaging manufacturers and brand owners are offered added value in the form of brand-strengthening, productivity-boosting and environment-enhancing packaging solutions. Billerud has a world-leading market position within primary fibre-based packaging paper. Billerud has annual sales of around SEK 9 000 million and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. www.billerud.com

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BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com