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Cascades divests its equity holding in Boralex

Photo: Cascades
Photo: Cascades
Published by
Simon Matthis - 28 Jul 2017

Cascades announces that it has reached an agreement to sell all of its shares in Boralex to the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (the Caisse) for an amount of $ 287.5 million.

Cascades was formerly a majority shareholder in Boralex, but has gradually had its ownership stake in the company diluted to 17.3% as Boralex has grown over recent years. Over the last several months, Cascades management has undertaken an in-depth assessment, and has evaluated the Company's alternatives with regards to its investment in Boralex. As a result of this analysis, management made the strategic decision to monetize its investment and selected the Caisse to complete this major transaction.

"Today, we are turning another page in our company's history with this strategic decision. We believe that in the current context, this transaction is in the best interest of Cascades and its shareholders, and that the Caisse will be an ideal partner to accompany and support Boralex in its future growth and development initiatives. The proceeds of this transaction will increase our financial flexibility, contribute to the successful deployment of our strategic initiatives and reduce our debt, thereby improving our positioning within our core markets. Achieving these objectives is crucial to our continued success in a context of increasing market competition and raw material cost inflation which continues to affect our profitability," said Mario Plourde , Cascades' President and Chief Executive Officer.