International Paper Announces Completion of xpedx Spinoff and Merger with Unisource
International Paper, Memphis, Tenn., announced the completion of the previously announced spinoff of its distribution solutions business, xpedx, and xpedx's merger with Unisource, with the combined companies now operating as Veritiv Corporation.
The spinoff was accomplished by the contribution of the xpedx business to Veritiv and the distribution of 8.16 million shares of Veritiv common stock on a pro-rata basis to International Paper shareholders. In exchange for such contribution, International Paper received a special payment of $400 million, subject to certain adjustments, financed with new debt in Veritiv's capital structure.
Immediately following the distribution, UWW Holdings Inc., the parent company of Unisource Worldwide Inc., merged with and into Veritiv, with the parent company of UWW Holdings Inc. receiving 7.84 million unregistered shares of Veritiv common stock (equal to approximately 49 percent of the total resulting outstanding shares of Veritiv common stock) as merger consideration.
"The completion of this transaction and creation of Veritiv provide excellent value for International Paper shareholders, as this new independent public company emerges with opportunities to be stronger and more competitive than either of the merged companies alone," said International Paper chairman and CEO John Faraci.