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11/08-2017 21:35:19: (NSG) Update on recapitalization process

Norske Skog has received a well-developed recapitalization 
proposal from a substantial number of the secured holders of 
the SSN (EUR 290m, 2019) bond and the NSF (EUR 100m, 2020) 
loan, as detailed in the 28 July 2017 stock exchange release. 
Certain unsecured bondholders have further provided an 
alternative proposal. To further secure the financial 
situation of the operating business, Norske Skog is in the 
process of receiving a commitment letter for a EUR 16 million 
liquidity facility from a substantial number of the holders of 
the SSN and NSF. 

"We are very pleased that key stakeholders are willing to 
support the business operations of Norske Skog through 
liquidity facilities like the offered loans. Our paper mills 
are highly competitive business units with a prosperous future 
irrespective of the final solution to the group's capital 
structure. We have now secured the operating business by both 
relief on interest payments and this new financing, and there 
should be no reason to question the stability of our operating 
business through the refinancing" said Lars P.S. Sperre, 
President and CEO of Norske Skog.

To facilitate ongoing discussions with stakeholders and 
finalization of revised transaction documentation, the 
deadlines for the existing exchange offers and consent 
solicitations and the forbearance provided pursuant to the 
existing short-term standstill agreements with certain 
creditors, have been extended to 18 August 2017. Both the 
exchange offers and consent solicitations and the short-term 
standstill agreements were due to expire on 11 August 2017. 
The short-term standstill agreements, entered into with 
certain holders of the SSN and the NSF, provide forbearance in 
respect of the non-payment of interest payments due in 
relation to the SSN and NSF, in order to preserve liquidity 
for the groups' operating business. The forbearance provided 
pursuant to these short-term standstill agreements has now 
been extended to 18 August 2017, by which time it is expected 
that longer term standstill agreements will be entered into.

A strong interest in supporting the group's operating business 
has also been expressed by both senior secured creditors and 
unsecured creditors, with certain members of both groups 
offering liquidity financing of around EUR 16 million to 
Norske Skog AS. Following discussions and considerations of 
key terms presented for such financing the group is in the 
process of receiving a commitment letter from certain of its 
senior secured creditors.

Norske Skog will continue to facilitate concluding stakeholder 
discussions for the launch of a revised transaction proposal 
next week. 

- "After months of bondholder discussions, it is envisaged 
that next week we will be able to launch a revised transaction 
proposal which achieves the main goals set for the 
recapitalization process, with support from substantial 
numbers of senior creditors, for due consideration by the 
other stakeholders of the group. Crucially, the operating 
businesses of Norske Skog should be well protected through the 
final stages of the recapitalization process by the provision 
of fresh liquidity" said Mr. Lars P.S. Sperre, President and 
CEO of Norske Skog.

As announced on 3 August 2017, Norske Skog will hold an 
extraordinary shareholder meeting on 24 August 2017 at 13:00 
CET, in order to provide the shareholders with, amongst other 
things, an update on the financial situation of the group.

This information is not for distribution in the United States 
and is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to 
Section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.


Norske Skog
Communications and Public Affairs

For further information:

Norske Skog media:
Vice President Corporate Communication                                                                                                 
Carsten Dybevig
Mob: +47 917 63 117
Twitter: @Norske_Skog
	
Norske Skog financial markets:                                                                                                 
Vice President Investor Relations
Tom Rogn
Mob: +47 948 55 659


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securities laws. Any such projections or statements reflect 
the current views of Norske Skogindustrier ASA or its 
subsidiaries ("Norske Skog") about further events and 
financial performance. Although Norske Skog believes that 
these views and assumptions are reasonable, the statements are 
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persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not 
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