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Domtar announces closing of transaction with EACOM Timber Corporation

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Montreal - Domtar Corporation is pleased to announce the closing of its previously announced transaction to sell its Forest Products Business to EACOM Timber Corporation. EACOM acquired the business for CDN$80 million plus elements of working capital of approximately CDN$46.5 million. Domtar received 19% of the proceeds in shares of EACOM resulting in an ownership interest of approximately 11.74%.

The transaction includes five operating sawmills: Timmins, Nairn Centre and Gogama in Ontario, and Val-d'Or and Matagami in Quebec; as well as two non-operating sawmills: Ear Falls in Ontario and Ste-Marie in Quebec. The sawmills have approximately 3.5 million cubic meters of annual harvesting rights and a production capacity of close to 900 million board feet. Also included in the transaction is the Sullivan remanufacturing facility in Quebec and Domtar's interests in two investments: Anthony-Domtar Inc. and Elk Lake Planing Mill Limited.

In conjunction with the closing of the transaction, EACOM issued 48,070,712 common shares to Domtar Inc., as partial consideration for the sale by Domtar Inc. and Domtar Pulp and Paper Products Inc., both wholly-owned subsidiaries of Domtar Corporation, of their Forest Products Business pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement entered into as at March 26, 2010. The details of the subject transaction are fully disclosed in a Material Change Report dated April 6, 2010 filed by EACOM on SEDAR, and further information on this transaction will be the subject of an Early Warning Report to be filed on Domtar Inc. on SEDAR. Such acquisition of EACOM's common shares represents approximately 11.74% of the 409,566,056 common shares of EACOM outstanding on June 30, 2010, based on information provided to Domtar Inc. No shares were issued to Domtar Pulp and Paper Products Inc. Prior to June 30, 2010 Domtar Inc. did not own nor control shares of EACOM.

The transaction occurred by way of private placement of common shares from treasury of EACOM. EACOM's common shares are listed and traded on the TSX Venture Exchange. The value was established at $0.50 per common share in the Asset Purchase Agreement.

In its financial statements for the quarter ended June 30, 2010 Domtar will record a charge of approximately CDN$37 million related mainly to the loss on disposal of the Forest Products Business and related pension curtailments. Domtar will incur further charges of CDN$15 to CDN$20 million in future periods related to pension settlements resulting from the transaction.

 

 

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