BRITISH COLUMBIA (News release) -- One of B.C.'s largest mill companies has decided it will no longer be a publicly-traded organization.
Instead, Canfor will be privately owned by Great Pacific Capital Corp., who manages investment and capital for The Jim Pattison Group, selling all of the shares they don't own at $16 each.
That accumulates to an offer of $980 million for the remaining 125 million common shares.
Great Pacific and affiliates in the Arrangement Agreement already owned 51 per cent of outstanding common Canfor shares prior to this evening's announcement (Oct. 28).
"Over the last few months, with the assistance of the Special Committee's independent financial and legal advisors, we have conducted a thorough evaluation of the best interests of Canfor and the fairness of Great Pacific's proposal to Shareholders," said Conrad Pinette, Canfor's Chair of the Special Committee in a news release.
"Following the conclusion of this evaluation, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with Great Pacific. The Special Committee believes that the transaction represents fair value for Shareholders and is the correct path forward for Canfor, Canfor employees, communities and Shareholders."
According to Canfor, there were a number of factors that led to tonight's decision, including:
The Jim Pattison Group made the offer to Canfor in August this year with the hopes of privatizing the organization fully, in which the Special Committee was immediately created to consider all options.
Pattison has increased his ownership of both Canfor and West Fraser in recent years, sparking speculation his plan is to ultimately merge the two companies into one forestry behemoth.
This is not the first time a large B.C. forestry company has decided to go private.
TimberWest, a formerly publicly-traded company, was acquired by two major pension funds in 2011 and taken private.