Sappi Prices multi-currency Senior Secured Notes Offering - 06 April 2011

5 April 2011 - Further to Sappi’s announcement on Monday, 4 April 2011, in connection with a bond issue, Sappi announced today that it priced its upsized bond offering to raise approximately US$705 million equivalent of new senior secured notes.  The new notes will be issued by Sappi Papier Holding GmbH in a series of €250 million notes maturing in 2018 issued at a price of 100% with a coupon of 6.625%, and a series of US$350 million maturing in 2021 issued at a price of 100% with a coupon of 6.625%.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and settlement is expected to occur on 14 April 2011.

The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used (a) to redeem the remaining outstanding amount of our 6.75% Guaranteed Notes due 2012, (b) to repay approximately €200 million of the outstanding borrowings under our OeKB Term Loan Facility and (c) for general corporate purposes. The offering is part of a larger financing in connection with which we have also received commitments, subject to various conditions, for an aggregate amount of up to €350 million under a new or amended and restated Revolving Credit Facility maturing in 2016.

This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities in the United States, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.  The securities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the Securities Act or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.  This press release is being issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the Securities Act.

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  • the highly cyclical nature of the pulp and paper industry (and the factors that contribute to such cyclicality, such as levels of demand, production capacity, production, input costs including raw material, energy and employee costs, and pricing); 
  • the impact on our business of the global economic downturn; 
  • unanticipated production disruptions (including as a result of planned or unexpected power outages); 
  • changes in environmental, tax and other laws and regulations; 
  • adverse changes in the markets for our products; 
  • consequences of our leverage, including as a result of adverse changes in credit markets that affect our ability to raise capital when needed; 
  • adverse changes in the political situation and economy in the countries in which we operate or the effect of governmental efforts to address present or future economic or social problems; 
  • the impact of investments, acquisitions and dispositions (including related financing), any delays, unexpected costs or other problems experienced in connection with dispositions or with integrating acquisitions and achieving expected savings and synergies; and
  • currency fluctuations.

We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any of these forward looking statements, whether to reflect new information or future events or circumstances or otherwise.

For further information contact:

Graeme Wild         
Group Investor Relations Manager
Sappi Limited
Tel +27 11 407 8391
Mobile +27 (0) 83 320 8624

Nthabiseng Mofokeng
Account Director
Tel +27 11 502 7300 (Ext 413)