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“With the sale of the Stevens Point and Androscoggin mills, we will now focus on the growth and enhancement of our pulp and packaging products as well as the specialty products produced at our remaining mills,” added Verso President Mike Weinhold.
The company said it will return the proceeds to shareholders, saying it will “promptly announce how it plans to utilize no less than $225 million and up to $282 million of the net cash proceeds from the transaction for the benefit of stockholders.”
Part of the proceeds will be used to reduce unfunded pension liability this year, Verso also said.
Verso is a North American producer of graphic and specialty papers, packaging and pulp. The company’s Duluth, Escanaba, Quinnesec and Wisconsin Rapids mills have a combined annual production capacity of 2 million tons of paper.
Houlihan Lokey acted as financial advisor to the company and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP acted as legal counsel to in connection with the transaction.
The company has 200 Dayton-area workers and more than 4,000 nationwide. After navigating Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2016, Verso restructured its debt and moved its headquarters from Memphis, Tenn. to Miami Twp.