RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tredegar Corporation
(NYSE: TG) announced today that it has agreed to sell its aluminum extrusions
operations in Canada for $25 million to WXP Holdings, Inc., an affiliate of
H.I.G. Capital. Closing for the transaction, which is contingent upon the
satisfaction of customary conditions, including the receipt of consents, the
absence of material adverse changes, the receipt of any applicable regulatory
approvals and the expiration of any applicable waiting periods, and certain
confirmatory due diligence, is expected to occur in late February, 2008.
Tredegar's earnings press release for the fourth quarter of 2007 is expected
to follow the closing of the transaction. The sales price is subject to
increase or decrease to the extent that working capital, which typically has
seasonal fluctuations, is above or below normalized levels at the closing
date. In addition, Tredegar may realize current cash tax benefits from the
sale of up to approximately $11 million. Actual current cash tax benefits are
dependent on several factors that will not be known until after the closing
Tredegar also disclosed that it plans to spend approximately $24 million
over the next 18 months to expand its aluminum extrusions capacity at its
plant in Carthage, Tennessee. The capacity of the new 5,500 ton extrusion
press will be dedicated to serving the non-residential construction market.
John D. Gottwald, Tredegar's president and chief executive officer, said:
"The sale of our aluminum extrusions operations in Canada will generate cash
and eliminate losses that have resulted in the past year from a combination of
lower volume and appreciation of the Canadian dollar, which impacts our costs.
We're excited about our expansion plans at the Carthage plant. Approximately
60% of our sales of aluminum extrusions from our U.S. operations are related
to non-residential construction, and this additional capacity will alleviate
limitations that we currently have in this sector."
On November 5, 2007, Tredegar disclosed in its third quarter earnings
press release that, due to deteriorating business conditions and financial
results relating to its aluminum extrusions operations in Canada, it had
recognized an asset impairment charge of $27.6 million ($22.7 million or 58
cents per share after taxes). Assuming the sale of these operations under the
terms and conditions described above, Tredegar expects to recognize a gain
from the sale, comprised primarily of previously unrecognized foreign exchange
translation gains that have historically been reflected directly in
shareholders' equity (which was $16.9 million after deferred income taxes as
of September 30, 2007) and any current cash tax benefits, partially offset by
an expected loss on the difference between the remaining carrying value of the
net assets to be sold (assets in excess of liabilities excluding cash and
deferred income taxes, which were approximately $43 million as of September
30, 2007) and the sales price at the closing date.
During the first nine months of 2007, the aluminum extrusion operations in
Canada had volume of 46.9 million pounds, net sales of $119.1 million, an
operating loss of $7 million, depreciation of $3 million and capital
expenditures of $734,000. During the first nine months of 2006, these
operations had volume of 57 million pounds, net sales of $132.1 million,
operating profit of $981,000, depreciation of $2.9 million and capital
expenditures of $672,000.
Today Tredegar also announced that its board of directors approved a share
repurchase program whereby management is authorized at its discretion to
purchase, in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions, up to 5
million shares of Tredegar's outstanding common stock. This share repurchase
program replaces Tredegar's previous share repurchase authorization. The
authorization has no time limit. During the fourth quarter of 2007, Tredegar
repurchased 3.1 million shares for $48.3 million under its existing
authorization. As of January 4, 2008, Tredegar had approximately 34.7 million
common shares outstanding.
FORWARD-LOOKING AND CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS
Some of the information contained in this press release may constitute
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor"
provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When we
use the words "believe," "estimate," "anticipate," "expect," "project,"
"likely," "may" and similar expressions, we do so to identify forward-looking
statements. Such statements are based on our then current expectations and
are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those addressed in the forward-looking
statements. It is possible that our actual results and financial condition
may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results and financial
condition indicated in these forward-looking statements.
Tredegar does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement made
in this press release to reflect any change in management's expectations or
any change in conditions, assumptions or circumstances on which such
statements are based.
Based in Richmond, Va., Tredegar Corporation is a global manufacturer of
plastic films and aluminum extrusions.
SOURCE Tredegar Corporation
CONTACT: D. Andrew Edwards of Tredegar Corporation, +1-804-330-1041,
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