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Catalyst Paper gets $175M financing

Pulp and paper producer Catalyst Paper has secured up to $175 million in financing as it moves forward with restructuring under court protection from creditors.


February 1, 2012
by CANADIAN PRESS

RICHMOND, BC: Pulp and paper producer Catalyst Paper Corp. has secured up to $175 million in financing as it moves forward with restructuring under court protection from creditors.

The struggling company said Tuesday that JP Morgan agreed to provide debtor-in-possession financing during the CCAA process.

Catalyst also received an initial order from the BC Supreme Court for creditor protection, expiring Feb. 14. The period will be extended as the court sees fit, the Vancouver-area company said.

The filing comes after Catalyst failed to win support from enough of its lenders and from unionized workers at a mill in Crofton, BC, who rejected contract concessions.

Catalyst has said it would be business as usual during the restructuring process under the federal Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.

The company also plans a US filing for Chapter 15 court protection, a form that foreign companies operating in the US employ when seeking protection from creditors.

Catalyst Paper manufactures diverse specialty mechanical printing papers, newsprint and pulp and sells to retailers, publishers and commercial printers in North America, Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe.

The company has three mills in BC and one in Arizona with a combined annual production capacity of 1.9 million tonnes.

© 2012 The Canadian Press