Catalyst Paper has gone dark. The B.C. paper company announced Friday, January 27, that it is no longer a publicly trade company.
Following recapitalization with its three major shareholders, the company – which formally was listed under the stock symbol CYT – is now privately owned by Oaktree Capital Management, Mudrick Capital Management, LP and Cyrus Capital Partners, LP.
The move will take $125 million in debt off the company’s books.
“About $125 million of debt is being extinguished without any adverse effect on trade vendors and suppliers,” Len Posyniak, Catalyst’s senior vice president of human resources and corporate service, told Business in Vancouver. “That’s very key to the whole matter.
“In this instance, the recapitalization improves the company’s financial position and reduces its financial risk and allows us to move further along on our transformation.”
Close to 80% of Catalyst’s stock had been owned by its major shareholders.
Under the three stakeholders they will exchange Catalyst’s secured notes for new common shares and a $141 million secured term loan.
Catalyst owns three paper mills in B.C. – Crofton, Powell River and Poert Alberni. It also owns mills in the U.S. It employs 1,600 people in B.C.
The recent move to go private follows a failed acquisition last year by India’s Kejriwal Group International. News of that deal sent Catalyst’s stock up 700% in May 2016, from $0.59 a share to $5, but the deal later fell through.
In 2012, Catalyst faced bankruptcy and was forced into creditor protection and forced to sell off some of its assets. Two years after that near-death experience, Catalyst bought two paper mills in the U.S. for US$74 million.