MERCER INTERNATIONAL INC. (MERC) SPO
|Company Name||MERCER INTERNATIONAL INC.|
|Company Address||700 WEST PENDER STREET
VANCOUVER V6C 1G8
|CEO||Jimmy S.H. Lee|
|Employees (as of 2/21/2014)||1460|
|State of Inc||WA|
|Fiscal Year End||12/31|
|Exchange||Nasdaq National Market|
|Shares Over Alloted||0|
|Shareholder Shares Offered||--|
|Lockup Period (days)||180|
|Quiet Period Expiration||5/5/2014|
We estimate that net proceeds we will receive from this offering will be approximately $ (or $ if the underwriters exercise in full their option to purchase additional shares), after deducting the underwriting discounts and other commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by us. We intend to use approximately $13.5 million of the net proceeds of this offering to further capitalize our Stendal mill to provide it with greater operational and financial flexibility and funds for targeted capital investments and general working capital purposes. We may use additional proceeds from this offering to further capitalize Stendal in connection with any new amendments to the Stendal Facilities we may seek to effect to provide Stendal with further financial flexibility or to comply with financial ratios thereunder. We intend to use the balance of the net proceeds of this offering for targeted capital expenditures, including expansion of our wood procurement and logistics operations in Germany in order to reduce the fiber costs of our German mills, and for general corporate purposes. While we have estimated the particular uses for the net proceeds of this offering, the amount and timing of our actual expenditures will depend on numerous factors. As a result, our management will retain broad discretion in the allocation and use of the net proceeds of this offering, and investors will be relying on the judgment of our management with regard to the use of these net proceeds.
We sell our pulp globally, with a large percentage sold in Europe, North America and Asia. The markets for pulp are highly competitive. A number of other global companies compete in each of these markets and no company holds a dominant position. Our pulp is considered a commodity because many companies produce similar and largely standardized products. As a result, the primary basis for competition in our markets has been price. Many of our competitors have greater resources and lower leverage than we do and may be able to adapt more quickly to industry or market changes or devote greater resources to the sale of products than we can. There can be no assurance that we will continue to be competitive in the future. Prices for our products are affected by many factors outside of our control and we have no influence over the timing and extent of price changes, which are often volatile. Our profitability with respect to these products depends, in part, on managing our costs, particularly raw material and energy costs which represent significant components of our operating costs and can fluctuate based upon factors beyond our control. The global pulp market has historically been characterized by considerable swings in prices which have and will result in variability in our earnings. Prices are typically denominated in U.S. dollars.
We operate in the pulp business and are among the largest publicly traded producers of market NBSK pulp in the world. Mercer Inc. reorganized as a corporation under the laws of the State of Washington in 2006 from a Washington business trust. We are the sole NBSK producer, and the only
significant producer of pulp for resale, known as “market pulp”, in Germany, which is the largest pulp import market in Europe. We also generate and sell a significant amount of surplus “green” energy to regional utilities. Our operations are located in Eastern Germany and Western Canada. We currently employ approximately 1,460 people. We operate three NBSK pulp mills with a consolidated annual production capacity of approximately 1.5 million ADMTs of NBSK pulp and 305 MW of electrical generation: . Rosenthal mill. Our wholly-owned subsidiary, Rosenthal, owns and operates the Rosenthal mill, a modern, efficient ISO 9001, 14001 and 50001 certified NBSK pulp mill that has an annual production capacity of approximately 360,000 ADMTs and 57 MW of electrical generation. The Rosenthal mill generated and exported 178,295 MWh of electricity in 2013, resulting in approximately $21.5 million in annual revenues. The Rosenthal mill is located in the town of Blankenstein, Germany, approximately 300 kilometers south of Berlin. . Celgar mill. Our wholly-owned subsidiary, Celgar, owns and operates the Celgar mill, a modern, efficient ISO 9001 and 14001 certified NBSK pulp mill with an annual production capacity of approximately 520,000 ADMTs and 100 MW of electrical generation. The Celgar mill generated and exported 127,729 MWh of electricity in 2013, resulting in approximately $12.3 million in annual revenues. The Celgar mill is located near the city of Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada, approximately 600 kilometers east of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. . Stendal mill. Our 83.0% owned subsidiary, Stendal, owns and operates the Stendal mill, a state-of-the-art, single-line, ISO 9001 and 14001 certified NBSK pulp mill that has an annual production capacity of approximately 660,000 ADMTs and 148 MW of electrical generation. The Stendal mill generated and exported 393,027 MWh of electricity in 2013, resulting in approximately $45.6 million in annual revenues. The Stendal mill is located near the town of Stendal, Germany, approximately 130 kilometers west of Berlin. --- Our principal office is located at Suite 1120, 700 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6C 1G8. Our main telephone number is (604) 684-1099 and our website address is www.mercerint.com.
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