Kemiart Liner business to be spun off from Metsä-Botnia

M-real, UPM-Kymmene, Metsäliitto Osuuskunta and Metsä-Botnia have today entered
into a Letter of Intent on the spinning off of the Kemiart Liner business
operations of Metsä-Botnia into a company that will be independent of
Metsä-Botnia and have the same shareholding structure as Metsä-Botnia. 

Kemiart Liner is one of the world's leading producers of coated and uncoated
kraftliner. Kemiart Liner's annual board-producing capacity is 340 000 tonnes
and the mill employs about 150 people in Kemi, Finland. 
The arrangement will clarify Metsä-Botnia's strategic position as the pulp
resource company of its main shareholders, M-real and UPM-Kymmene. 

M-real and UPM-Kymmene have also agreed that they will start immediately to
investigate Kemiart Liner business's future strategy and shareholding structure
with the aim of implementing those decisions by the end of 2004. Under the
Letter of Intent, M-real, UPM-Kymmene and Metsäliitto Osuuskunta have agreed
that should no other solution concerning Kemiart Liner be reached, M-real will
have a purchase option on the Kemiart Liner shares which are owned by
UPM-Kymmene and Metsäliitto Osuuskunta, and UPM-Kymmene and Metsäliitto
Osuuskunta will similarly have an option to sell their stakes to M-real. The
options period will expire by the end of 2004. 

The final agreement connected with the arrangement will be carried out during
spring 2002, including the decisions by the authorities which are required for
the arrangement. 

For additional information please contact:
Veli-Matti Mynttinen, Executive Vice President & CFO, M-real Corporation, tel.
+358 1046 94655, mobile +358 50 2895 
Heikki Sara, Executive Vice President, UPM-Kymmene Corporation, tel. +358
Erkki Varis, President & CEO, Metsä-Botnia, tel. +358 010 469 4671

About Us

Metsä Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts and bioenergy. The company’s pulp brand is Botnia and the sawn timber brand is Metsä Nordic Timber. The company’s bleached softwood and birch pulp grades have been developed for the production of high-quality board, tissue and printing paper and speciality products. The main applications for spruce and pine sawn timber are products for construction and interior decoration as well as window and door joinery and raw material for packaging industry. Currently employing approximately 1 200 people, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion in 2017. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.