Conifex Timber Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Lignum Forest Products LLP, a private partnership which operates a lumber marketing and distribution business.
Lignum is an established and well respected name in the forestry and lumber distribution business in British Columbia. Lignum serves customers and distributes products that are complementary to those of Conifex. Lignum provides extensive market reach in the North American market through a network of established inventory locations.
The transaction provides for the acquisition by Conifex of Lignum for approximately US$4 million, which Conifex intends to fund from its existing available cash.
Ken Shields, Chief Executive Officer of Conifex, commented: “We believe that this transaction, including the retention of Lignum’s experienced personnel, will further advance our marketing and logistics capability while concurrently reducing overall marketing costs. We expect to significantly extend our market reach, particularly in the improving U.S. market, through enhanced access to complementary customers and product lines.”
The transaction is expected to close on or before January 31, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Mr. Hans Thur, Senior Vice-President of Conifex Timber Inc., will have oversight responsibility for Lignum.