Helsinki, Finland, 2013-06-07 09:15 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
MUNKSJÖ OYJ, STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 7 June, 2013 at 9.15 am CET
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ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND,
SOUTH AFRICA OR THE UNITED STATES.
The trading in Munksjö's shares has today commenced on the Helsinki Stock
Exchange (NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd).
The stock listing is a part of the business combination agreement which was
entered into in August 2012 with the purpose to, through two partial demergers,
combine Munksjö AB's business with Ahlstrom Corporation's Label and Processing
businesses in Europe and Brazil into Munksjö Oyj. The first phase of the
transaction was completed on 27 May, 2013 and the completion of the second
phase is expected to take place by the end of 2013.
Munksjö will, after the completion of the second phase of the transaction, have
approximately 3,000 employees and 15 production facilities in Europe, China
and Brazil. Munksjö has four business areas: Decor, Release Liners (previously
named Release & Label), Graphics and Packaging and Industrial Applications. The
profiles of the members of the management team as well as the Board of
Directors are available at www.munksjo.com.
"Munksjö's specialty papers will be manufactured and designed in close
cooperation with our customers to meet their specific requirements concerning
quality and functionality. The businesses are well positioned to secure
long-term competitiveness and have the capability to manage the high product
variety in the specialty paper business.
The business combination is a natural step in our strategy to focus on growth
within specialty papers. The new Munksjö is one of the world's largest
specialty paper companies with strong market positions in attractive market
segments. Our customer relationships, deep knowledge of customer needs and high
technical expertise in production and product development will contribute to
the sustainability of these strong market positions. I look forward to working
with my new engaged and experienced management team and the result-focused and
international organisation.", says Munksjö's President and CEO Jan Åström.
Munksjö's shareholders as per 31 May, 2013 with holdings of 5 per cent or more
are listed in the table below*). Further information on Munksjö's largest
shareholders is available at www.munksjo.com.
Name Amount of shares Share of
and votes all
Munksjö Luxembourg Holding S.à r.l. **) 12 456 690 32.1%
Ahlstrom Corporation 9 081 220 23.4%
Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company 2 252 238 5.8%
*) The table has been compiled by the company based upon shareholder information
from the share register maintained by Euroclear Finland Oy and from individual
shareholders as per 31 May, 2013.
**) The parent company of Munksjö Luxembourg Holding S.à r.l. is EQT's fund EQT
Complete pro forma financials for the company have been published in the
listing prospectus published on 20 May, 2013, available on Munksjö's website.
For more information:
Jan Åström, President and CEO, tel. +46 10 250 1001
Åsa Fredriksson, SVP HR and Communications, tel. +46 10 250 1003
Laura Lindholm, Investor Relations Manager, tel. +46 10 250 1026
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