Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI) (“Buckeye”) today announced that leading independent proxy advisory firms ISS Proxy Advisory Services and Egan Jones Proxy Services have recommended that Buckeye stockholders vote “FOR” adoption of the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “ Merger Agreement”), dated April 23, 2013, by and among Buckeye, Georgia-Pacific LLC (“ Georgia-Pacific”) and GP Cellulose Group, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific (the “ Purchaser”). The Merger Agreement provides for the merger of the Purchaser with and into Buckeye, with Buckeye surviving the merger as an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific. If the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement are completed, Buckeye stockholders will be entitled to receive $37.50 in cash, without interest and subject to any withholding of taxes required by applicable law, for each share of Buckeye common stock. The Merger Agreement is being submitted to a vote at a special meeting of Buckeye stockholders to be held on August 15, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Central Time, at Buckeye’s headquarters, 1001 Tillman Street, Memphis Tennessee 38112.
“We are pleased that ISS and Egan Jones agree that Georgia-Pacific’s offer to acquire Buckeye represents the best value to our stockholders,” said John B. Crowe, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. “The Board of Directors has unanimously recommended that stockholders vote “FOR” the proposal to adopt the Merger Agreement.”
Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Buckeye Technologies currently operates manufacturing facilities in the United States and Germany. Its products are sold worldwide to makers of consumer and industrial goods. www.bkitech.com.
NOTICE TO INVESTORS ABOUT THE MERGER: In connection with the merger, Buckeye Technologies filed a definitive proxy statement with the SEC on July 8, 2013, copies of which were mailed to Buckeye stockholders, as well as other relevant materials in connection with the proposed transaction pursuant to the terms of an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated April 23, 2013, by and among Buckeye Technologies Inc., Georgia-Pacific and the Purchaser. The materials filed by Buckeye Technologies are available to Buckeye Technologies’ investors and stockholders at no expense to them. In addition, all of the materials are available at no charge on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Investors and stockholders of Buckeye Technologies are urged to read the proxy statement and the other relevant materials before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed merger because they contain important information about the merger and the parties to the merger.Buckeye Technologies and its respective directors, executive officers and other members of its management and employees, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of Buckeye Technologies’ stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of certain of Buckeye Technologies’ executive officers and directors in the solicitation by reading Buckeye Technologies’ proxy statement for its 2012 annual meeting of stockholders, annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, and the proxy statement and other relevant materials which may be filed with the SEC in connection with the merger when and if they become available. Information concerning the interests of Buckeye Technologies’ participants in the solicitation, which may, in some cases, be different than those of Buckeye Technologies’ stockholders generally, are set forth in the proxy statement for the special meeting of stockholders relating to the merger.