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FORTRESS PAPER ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER 2012 RESULTS

Posted: Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

To read the Fortress Paper press release, please click here.

Fortress Paper to Release Fourth Quarter 2011 Earnings

Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Fortress Paper Ltd. (“Fortress Paper” or the “Corporation”) (TSX:FTP) announced today that it intends to release its fourth quarter financial results for the period ended December 31st, 2011 after the close of the market on Monday, March 5th, 2012. In connection with the release of its results, Fortress Paper Ltd. will host a conference call Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. (PST) to discuss the financial results and the Corporation’s operations. Mr. Chadwick Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer, Alfonso Ciotola, President, Kurt Loewen, Chief Financial Officer and Peter Vinall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc. will host the call.

To participate in the conference call, please dial one of the following numbers:

Dial In Numbers: 604-681-8564 Vancouver
403-532-5601 Calgary or International
780-429-5820 Edmonton
416-623-0333 Toronto
613-212-0171 Ottawa
514-687-4017 Montreal
Toll Free Dial In Number: 1-855-353-9183 from Canada and USA
Participant Pass Code: 15086#
Conference Reference Number: 765945
A replay of the conference call will be available for 7 days. To access the replay, listeners may dial 1-855-201-2300 from Canada & the USA. The conference reference number is 765945 # and the participant pass code to access the replay is 15086 #.

SOURCES:

Fortress Paper Ltd., and Marketwire

Fortress Paper Announces Acquisition of Lebel-sur-Quevillon Pulp Mill Assets

Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Fortress Paper Ltd.  (“Fortress Paper” or the “Company”) (TSX:FTP) is pleased to announce that it has, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Fortress Global Cellulose Ltd.(“Fortress Global”), signed an asset purchase agreement (the “APA”) with 9109-3294 Quebec Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Quebec Ministere du Developpement economique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (“9109″), and Domtar Inc., whereby Fortress Global will acquire the buildings, equipment and other ancillary property relating to the non-operating pulp mill located at Lebel-sur-Quevillon, Quebec (the “LSQ Mill”) and 9109 will acquire the lands relating thereto. In connection with the acquisition, Fortress Global intends to enter into arrangements with 9109 whereby Fortress Global will have full and unconditional ownership and access rights to the LSQ Mill assets. Fortress Global intends to convert the LSQ Mill into a low cost dissolving pulp operation. Concurrently, Fortress Global will acquire a 30 megawatt non-operating cogeneration facility at the LSQ Mill which it intends to restart which will result in material net energy savings (income). An additional cogeneration project will provide up to 50 megawatts of total power for which the company is seeking a long-term power supply agreement with Hydro Quebec.

Upon completion of the acquisition of the LSQ Mill, the Corporation intends to invest estimated capital expenditures of approximately $222 million to convert the non-operating northern bleached softwood kraft pulp mill into a low cost, high quality dissolving pulp mill and to increase the capacity of the cogeneration facility. In connection with the proposed capital expenditures, Fortress Paper has arranged certain financing initiatives to fund the conversion and cogeneration projects.

The LSQ Mill is planned to have an annual production capacity of approximately 236,000 air dried metric tonnes (ADMT) and is expected to be completed in late 2013. The LSQ Mill would significantly increase Fortress Paper’s annual dissolving pulp production capacity to over 437,000 ADMT, initially targeting viscose fibre (rayon) products.

Chad Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper Ltd. , states, “The acquisition of the LSQ Mill and its planned conversion into a dissolving pulp operation represents an important milestone towards Fortress Paper becoming a leader in the global dissolving pulp industry. This project demonstrates the insight and perseverance of the Quebec Government and Fortress Paper Ltd.  in developing a unique opportunity which has been latent for several years, but when completed will revitalize the community of Lebel-sur-Quevillon and the surrounding areas of Northern Quebec. We are very pleased to be able to partner with Investissement Quebec on this project to build from our recent successful conversion of the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill, and also look forward to working closely with the city of Lebel-sur-Quevillon.”

Pursuant to the terms of the APA, at closing Fortress Global will pay a nominal cash amount and agree to contribute pursuant to a trust agreement in escalating tranches over the next 5 years an aggregate of $7.5 million and an additional contingent amount of $2.5 million only in the event of a permanent closing of the LSQ Mill in respect of environmental remediation costs. The closing of the APA is subject to various conditions, including (i) Fortress Global entering into a collective agreement with the unionized employees of the LSQ Mill, (ii) Fortress Global entering into a loan agreement with Investissement Quebec securing financing to implement its proposed business plan at the LSQ Mill, (iii) the parties to the APA entering into a trust agreement, (iv) Fortress Global and 9109 entering into satisfactory lease and other ownership and access agreements, (v) Fortress Global finalizing satisfactory fibre supply arrangements with the Quebec Government, (vi) an order in council by the Quebec Government authorizing the transaction, and (vii) Domtar completing its agreement with the City of Lebel-sur-Quevillon in respect of certain property taxes. The closing of the APA is expected to occur within 75 days.

The cost structure of the LSQ Mill will be materially impacted by the ability of Fortress Global to upgrade the cogeneration facility and to service the facility through a long-term power supply agreement with Hydro Quebec on satisfactory terms. In addition, Fortress Global is negotiating with the City of Lebel-sur-Quevillon for a mutually beneficial, long term municipal tax arrangement in respect of the capital expenditure program at the LSQ Mill which will assist in revitalizing the Northern Quebec region. Training and relocation grants discussions are ongoing with various government agencies, although no formal commitments have been provided at this time.

Investissement Quebec (“IQ”) has committed, by way of an agreement in principle, to grant Fortress Global a loan in the amount of up to $132.4 million comprised of two tranches to support Fortress Paper Ltd. proposed business plan in respect of the LSQ Mill. The loan will be secured by the capital assets of Fortress Global and will accrue interest at a fixed rate of 5.0% per annum for the first five years, followed by a rate not to exceed 5.5% per annum for the remaining five years, and will include an equity compensation in the form of 715,000 share purchase warrants of Fortress Paper Ltd. on terms to be determined. The first tranche of $102.4 million will have a term of 10 years and the second tranche of $30 million will have a term of three years. The loan is subject to completion of definitive documentation. As no definitive agreement has been entered into with respect to the IQ financing, there can be no assurance at this time that such financing will be completed on terms acceptable to Fortress Global or at all.

Fortress Paper Ltd. has also signed a subscription agreement with a Quebec financial institution providing for the subscription of an unsecured convertible debenture of Fortress Paper Ltd. (the “Debenture”) in the aggregate principal amount of $25 million maturing in five years with an interest rate of 7% per annum. The Quebec financial institution will have the option to convert its Debenture, in whole or in part, into common shares of Fortress Paper Ltd.  at any time after closing of the APA at a conversion price equal to the volume weighted average price of the common shares of the Corporation on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) for the five trading days immediately Fortress Paper Ltd. preceding the closing of the APA plus a premium equal to 50% of such trading price. The Debenture will be redeemable, in whole or in part, at the option of Fortress Paper, from the second anniversary date of its issuance at par plus all accrued and unpaid interest, provided that the volume weighted average trading price of the common shares of Fortress Paper Ltd.  on the TSX is not less than 125% of the conversion price. The Debenture financing is subject to various conditions, including the concurrent completion of the IQ financing, the closing of the APA and receipt of the requisite TSX approval.

In connection with the LSQ Mill acquisition, Fortress Paper Ltd.  will be hosting a teleconference to discuss the acquisition rationale in the form of a Presentation which is available by sending a request to info@fortresspaper.com and will also be posted at www.fortresspaper.com in due course. The teleconference will be limited in scope to the subject matter contained in this press release and the Presentation.

Teleconference Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
   
Time: 1:30pm (PST) / 4:30pm (EST)
   
Dial In Numbers: 604-681-8564 Vancouver
403-532-5601 Calgary or International
780-429-5820 Edmonton
416-623-0333 Toronto
613-212-0171 Ottawa
514-687-4017 Montreal
   
Toll Free Dial In Number: 1-855-353-9183 from Canada and USA
   
Participant Pass Code: 98030#
Confirmation Number: 764917

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  1. Also enter the participant code 98030# when prompted.

SOURCES:

Fortress Paper Ltd., and Marketwire

Fortress Paper Commences Start-Up Phase at Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill

Posted: Thursday, November 24th, 2011

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA-(Marketwire – Nov. 24, 2011)

Fortress Paper Ltd. (“Fortress Paper” or the “Company”) (TSX:FTP) announced today that it has initiated the final stages of the conversion project at its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill. The mill has commenced its start-up phase with final process testing, which will include cold and hot water trials, together with the testing of safety systems scheduled to occur over the coming days. Production of dissolving pulp beginning with wood chips cooking is expected to commence shortly thereafter.

The minor delay in the scheduled completion of the conversion project has resulted from: (1) the previously announced unexpected walkout in October of construction employees of contractors engaged by the Company; (2) the extra time subsequently required upon the return of the workers to fully ramp-up construction activities at the site; (3) completion of identified improvements to infrastructure relating to buildings, supports and the chip tower inter-connection; and (4) implementation of enhancements to the mill’s safety and control systems.

Chad Wasilenkoff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper, commented: “We look forward to the imminent production of dissolving pulp, which will signify an important milestone in the history of Fortress Paper. We believe that the implementation of supplemental process control testing will provide for a more efficient ramp-up to commercial production.”

The completion of the conversion project is currently materially on budget, with the exception of costs resulting from the unexpected walkout of construction workers which remain to be quantified. The cogeneration project at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill is proceeding substantially on schedule, and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2012.

About Fortress Paper

Fortress Paper is a leading international producer of security and other specialty papers and products. Fortress operates three mills, the Landqart Mill located in Switzerland, the Dresden Mill located in Germany and the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill located in Quebec, Canada. Fortress Paper’s security papers include banknote, passport and visa papers and its specialty papers include non-woven wallpaper base products, and graphic and technical papers. Fortress Paper’s pulp business includes specialty pulp produced at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill, which is currently in the process of converting this capacity into dissolving pulp production along with the construction of a biomass based cogeneration plant.

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect the current views and/or expectations of Fortress Paper with respect to its performance, business and future events, including statements regarding the timing of completion of its conversion project and the commencement of dissolving pulp production. Forward-looking statements are based on the then-current expectations, beliefs, assumptions, estimates and forecasts about the business and the industry and markets in which the Company operates. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions which are difficult to predict. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, risks relating to potential disruptions to production and delivery, regulatory requirements, changes in the market, potential downturns in economic conditions, fluctuations in the price and supply of required materials, foreign exchange fluctuations, labour relations, dependence on major customers, and other risk factors listed from time to time in the Company’s public filings. These risks, as well as others, could cause actual results and events to vary significantly. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Fortress Paper does not undertake any obligations to release publicly any revisions for updating any voluntary forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable securities law.

SOURCES:

Fortress Paper Ltd.

Marketwire

BNN’s Brett Harris Highlights Fortress Paper on “The Close”

Posted: Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Brett Harris, Western Bureau Chief for the Business News Network, discussed Fortress Paper’s recent acquisition in an interview yesterday.

The acquisition of the Bank of Canada’s division of Optical Security Material was described by Brett as a “relatively small, but pretty interesting one.”

According to Brett, the purchase will lower costs for Fortress and make them more competitive.  They will be able to produce something themselves that they had to go elsewhere to buy in the past, which in turn will allow them to push forward with their business.

Stay tuned for more information on the acquisition.

Fortress Paper Announces First Quarter 2010 Results

Posted: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 11 2010 – Fortress Paper Ltd. (“Fortress Paper” or the “Company”) (TSX:FTP) reported adjusted net income of $3.0 million for the first quarter of 2010 on sales of $50.3 million or adjusted earnings per share of $0.30. In the first quarter of 2009 the Company reported adjusted net income of $2.5 million on sales of $46.6 million or adjusted earnings per share of $0.25. For the fourth quarter of 2009 the Company reported adjusted net income of $4.8 million on sales of $51.0 million or adjusted earnings per share of $0.47.

Analysis of Specific Items Affecting Comparability of Net Income

(thousands of dollars, except per share figures, unaudited) Q1 2010 Q4 2009 Q1 2009
Net income as reported 179 3,720 3,584
Foreign exchange loss (gain) 2,380 1,073 (1,055)
Deferred expenses written off 476 - -
Adjusted net income 3,035 4,793 2,529
Net income per share (EPS), as reported 0.02 0.35 0.35
Impact of above item per share 0.28 0.12 (0.10)
Adjusted net income per share 0.30 0.47 0.25

EBITDA was $5.8 million or 11.5% of sales for the three months ended March 31, 2010. For the three months ended March 31, 2009 EBITDA was $5.0 million or 10.8% of sales. EBITDA was $7.9 million or 15.4% of sales for the three months ended December 31, 2009.

In the first quarter of 2010 the Dresden mill continued to experience strong sales and earnings throughout the quarter. The Landqart mill results reflected the product mix during the quarter. The banknote paper machine remains full and the conversion of paper machine one from a specialty paper machine to a banknote paper machine is on track. The increase in EBITDA relative to the prior year comparative period was partially due to the global financial and economic crisis which impacted sales early in 2009.

EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, non-operating income and expenses and stock based compensation which the Company considers to be a key performance indicator. EBITDA is not a generally accepted earnings measure and should not be considered as an alternative to earnings or cash flows as determined in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles. As there is no standardized method of calculating EBITDA, the Company’s use for the term may not be comparable with similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Chadwick Wasilenkoff, chief executive officer of Fortress Paper, states: “This is an exciting time for the Company. The recently announced acquisition of the Thurso mill will diversify our specialty product mix and we believe will provide a significant financial contribution to Fortress’s growth aspirations. We plan to ramp up operations at the Thurso mill while we immediately begin the conversion into a dissolving pulp operation. The Dresden mill continues to perform extremely well, while the Landqart mill is experiencing results which are reflective of the current product mix of banknotes which offer lower margins.”

Selected Financial Information

The selected financial information presented herein is qualified in its entirety by, and should be read in conjunction with, our audited consolidated financial statements as at and for the year ended December 31, 2009 and the related notes thereon and our Management’s Discussion and Analysis filed on SEDAR.

Three Months Ended March 31, 2010
Selected Financial Information and Statistics

(thousands of dollars, except per unit amounts and shipments, unaudited) Q1 2010 Q4 2009 Q1 2009
Sales 50,304 51,049 46,623
EBITDA 5,808 7,885 5,032
Operating income 4,202 6,292 3,765
Net income 179 3,720 3,584
Basic EPS $0.02 $0.36 $0.35
Weighted average shares outstanding basic (thousands) 10,234 10,234 10,234
Diluted EPS $0.02 $0.35 $0.35
Weighted average shares outstanding diluted (thousands) 10,713 10,487 10,234
Shipments (tonnes
Landqart mill 4,287 3,673 3,721
Dresden mill 12,099 11,618 9,002
Total 16,386 15,291 12,723

Operational Results

Landqart produces various security and specialty papers. Security paper production includes banknote paper which results in varying degrees of EBITDA margin depending on the complexity of the features included. During 2008 Landqart also started producing non-woven wallpaper base. Included in Landqart’s sales number for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 is approximately 1,581 tonnes of non-woven wallpaper base. At the Landqart mill the order log for security papers remains stable.

At the Dresden mill, the wallpaper base market experienced continued strength throughout the quarter. Sales tonnage has increased relative to the prior year comparative periods and profitability remains solid.

Subsequent Events

On April 30, 2010 the Company completed the purchase of a northern bleached hardwood kraft pulp mill located in Thurso, Quebec from Fraser Papers Inc. through a wholly-owned subsidiary, Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc. (“Fortress Specialty Cellulose”), for the net proceeds of approximately $1.2 million. The Company has announced the intention of converting this mill into a specialty cellulose (dissolving pulp) operation and to build a biomass-based cogeneration plant. The valuation of this acquisition for accounting purposes and the effect on the financial statements of the Company are still being determined.

Concurrent with this acquisition the Company finalized $102.4 million in project financing with a term of 10 years secured by the assets of Fortress Specialty Cellulose. Interest will be calculated at a fixed rate of 5.0% per annum for the first five years, followed by a rate of up to 5.5% for the remaining 5 years.

Also concurrent with this acquisition Fortress Paper issued a $15 million convertible debenture to a financial institution. The convertible debt matures in five years with an interest rate of 7% per annum. The debenture is convertible, in whole or in part, at the option of the holder into common shares of Fortress Paper at any time at a conversion price equal to $20.00 per share. Fortress Paper can redeem the debenture, in whole or in part, at any point after two years at a conversion price of not less than $25.00 per share.

The Company

Fortress Paper is a leading international producer of security and other specialty papers. The Company operates two paper mills, the Landqart mill located in Switzerland and the Dresden mill located in Germany. The Company’s security papers include banknote, passport and visa papers and its specialty papers include non-woven wallpaper base products, and graphic and technical papers. As an extension of its security papers business, the Landqart mill has been actively developing and marketing innovative paper-based security products.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the financial results for the first quarter 2010 will be held on May 12, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. (PST). To attend the conference call, please dial one of the following numbers:

North America: 1-877-353-9586

International: 1-403-532-8075

Participant pass code: 90198#

A replay of the conference call will be available for 7 days. To access the replay, listeners may dial 1-877-245-4531 from North America or 403-205-4531 International. The pass code to access the replay is 347381#.

For more information, please contact

Fortress Paper Ltd.
Mr. Chadwick Wasilenkoff
Chief Executive Officer
604-904-2328