Resolute Forest Products Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire Conifex Timber Inc.’s three sawmills in the U.S. South for $163 million plus working capital estimated at $7 million. The three sawmills, with combined production capacity of 550MMB, are located in Cross City, Florida; and Glenwood and El Dorado, Arkansas.
Production capacity for Cross City is 185MMBF and it is currently operating on a two-shift basis. Glenwood’s capacity is also 185MMBF and is operating on a 1.5 shift basis. The El Dorado mill, with capacity of 180MMBF, was recently idled. Resolute intends to build on Conifex’s capital investments in recent years, including $55 million at El Dorado, $23 million in Glenwood and $12 million in Cross City.