Tembec shareholders approve takeover by Rayonier Advanced Materials

MONTREAL – Shareholders in Quebec forestry firm Tembec have overwhelmingly endorsed a friendly takeover offer by Rayonier Advanced Materials, a chemical products company based in Florida.About 95 per cent of shareholders who voted were in favour of the deal, valued at C$1.1 billion — well above the two-thirds support required.The agreement, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the end of year.Although Rayonier is not constrained by any written guarantees, it has committed to maintain a Canadian head office and further invest in the company, which is good news for employees, said outgoing Tembec CEO James Lopez.“They are going to accelerate and spend that money faster and probably spend more so it’s going to be a stronger company,” he said after the vote.The transaction announced in May was at risk of being rejected until Rayonier Advanced Materials raised its offer in response to threats from Tembec’s (TSX:TMB) two largest shareholders that they would vote against it.Oaktree Capital Management LP and Restructuring Capital Associates LP had raised concerns the offer was too low, but agreed to support the deal after the bid was raised.Lopez said he was confident a deal would get done despite a week of uncertainty.“I knew that the probability was high that they were going to find a place in the middle,” he added.Rayonier Advanced Materials agreed to pay C$4.75 or 0.2542 of a Rayonier share per Tembec share, subject to a cap that limits the amount of cash to be paid to two-thirds of the deal. The value of the transaction includes debt.An earlier bid was for C$4.05 in cash or 0.2302 of a Rayonier share, subject to a limit of 63 per cent on the cash portion of the offer.The transaction comes as Tembec, like other Canadian forestry companies, finds itself in the crosshairs of the U.S. over softwood lumber. It was slapped with retroactive preliminary countervailing and anti-dumping duties totalling around 27 per cent on softwood shipments south of the border.Tembec is less exposed to the U.S. softwood battle than it was a decade ago the last time the dispute erupted after selling its two mills in B.C. and three in Quebec.Forest products would account for about 16 per cent of the combined company’s US$2 billion in annual sales and 3.2 per cent of its operating profit. Tembec shareholders approve takeover by Rayonier Advanced Materials Tembec CEO James Lopez, left, is congratulated by shareholders following meeting after approving a takeover of Tembec by Rayonier Advanced Materials Thursday, July 27, 2017 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 27, 2017 8:56 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

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