Mar 21, 2016

Norske Skogindustrier ASA

March 21, 2016. London. GSO Capital Partners (“GSO”) is pleased to have reached terms with Norske Skogindustrier ASA (the “Company” or “Norske Skog”) for a deleveraging and liquidity injection that, we believe, will give management greater flexibility to execute its business plan to benefit from the cyclical upswing in paper prices. 

As a result of the transactions, GSO will have a large minority equity interest in a substantially strengthened group with a favourable operational outlook.  By ensuring that Norske Skog continues as a stronger business, we believe these transactions will preserve existing jobs and that they are in the best long-term interests of stakeholders.  GSO intends to work closely with management to allow Norske Skog to play an active role in industry consolidation.

For further information:
Andrew Dowler
+44 (0)20 7451 4275

GSO Capital Partners LP is the global credit investment platform of Blackstone.  With approximately $79 billion of assets under management, GSO is one of the largest alternative managers in the world focused on the leveraged-finance, or non-investment grade related, marketplace.  GSO seeks to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns in its business by investing in a broad array of strategies including mezzanine debt, distressed investing, leveraged loans and other special-situation strategies.  Its funds are major providers of credit for small and middle-market companies and they also advance rescue financing to help distressed companies.