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New Unsolicited Offer Received
Auckland, 23 September 2003 – Fletcher Challenge Forests announced today that Kiwi Forests Group Limited has submitted a
new unsolicited offer to purchase the Company’s entire forest assets.
The key elements of Kiwi Forests Group’s new offer are:
- Evergreen Forests Limited is no longer a participant in the Kiwi Forests Group consortium, but Prudential Timber
Investments Inc. remains a party
- The new offer is for NZ$725 million, all in cash (the prior offer was for NZ$550 million in cash plus new shares to be
issued by Evergreen Forests Limited)
- The new offer is subject to the parties agreeing a sale and purchase agreement, confirmatory due diligence and
Overseas Investment Commission approval, and final approval of the sale and purchase agreement and related documentation
by the Board of Kiwi Forests Limited
Fletcher Challenge Forests is evaluating the bid and is considering what action to take in relation to it. The Company
expects to make an announcement of its decision within two weeks.