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GP Delays Separation of Consumer Products and Packaging Businesses

Press release from the issuing company

ATLANTA, Sept. 12 -- Georgia-Pacific Corp. today announced that it is delaying the separation of its consumer products and packaging business due to current conditions in the financial markets, the continued weak business environment in its building products segment and the pending divestiture of its Unisource paper distribution subsidiary. In May, the company's board authorized Georgia-Pacific management to proceed with separating the company's consumer products and packaging business and its building products and distribution business into two publicly traded companies, subject to suitable business and capital market conditions. Based on a thorough evaluation of current debt and equity markets and the current environment in the building products segment, the company and its advisors have decided to delay the planned separation. "We remain convinced that the separation of Georgia-Pacific into two focused companies is the right strategy for our shareholders and one that will add value," said A.D. "Pete" Correll, Georgia-Pacific chairman and chief executive officer. "Although we are committed to our planned separation, we have reluctantly concluded that now is not the right time to execute the transactions. However, implementation of the organizational structure and internal processes necessary for a separation of the two businesses will continue. We will closely monitor business and market conditions in the coming months, and will proceed when conditions are favorable for completing the separation. "Our businesses have sound strategies in place. We will continue to focus on our top priorities of debt reduction and margin improvement," Correll concluded. Georgia-Pacific also indicated that negotiations on its previously announced sale of its Unisource subsidiary to Bain Capital are proceeding on schedule. The company expects to close the transaction in the fourth quarter.