West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.

October 07, 2014 10:15 ET

West Fraser Announces Offering of US$300 Million Senior Unsecured Notes

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 7, 2014) - West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. ("West Fraser" or the "Company") (TSX:WFT) announced today that it intends, subject to market and other customary conditions, to offer US$300 million in aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes maturing in October 2024 (the "Notes") in a private offering. West Fraser intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to repay its outstanding 5.2% senior unsecured notes that mature on October 15, 2014.

The Notes will be offered and sold in the United States only to "qualified institutional buyers" in accordance with Rule 144A under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes will be offered and sold in Canada on a private placement basis pursuant to certain prospectus exemptions.

The Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and have not been qualified by a prospectus in Canada. The Notes may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes, nor shall there be any offer or sale of the Notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. Any offers of the Note will be made only by means of a private offering memorandum.

West Fraser is a diversified wood products company producing lumber, wood chips, LVL, MDF, plywood, pulp and newsprint. The Company has operations in western Canada and the southern United States.

West Fraser shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol: "WFT".

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" (collectively, "forward-looking information") within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes information that relates to, among other things, West Fraser's intention to complete the proposed offering and West Fraser's expectations as to the use of proceeds from the offering. Forward-looking information is not, and cannot be, a guarantee of future results or events. Forward-looking information is based on, among other things, opinions, assumptions, estimates and analyses that, while considered reasonable by us at the date the forward-looking information is provided, inherently are subject to significant risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors that may cause actual results and events to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. The risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information may include, but are not limited to, risks generally associated with West Fraser's business, as described in West Fraser's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2013, and risks relating to West Fraser's ability to complete the offering. Accordingly, readers should exercise caution in relying upon forward-looking statements. West Fraser does not undertake any obligation to publicly revise them to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Contact Information

  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
    Larry Hughes
    Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial
    Officer and Secretary
    (604) 895-2700

    West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.
    Rodger Hutchinson
    Vice-President, Corporate Controller and Investor Relations
    (604) 895-2700