Abitibi-Consolidated

Abitibi-Consolidated

Infobox_Company
company_name = Abitibi-Consolidated Inc.
company_
company_type = Public
foundation = Canada (1997)
location = flagicon|Canada Montreal, Quebec
key_people = John W. Weaver, CEO
Jacques Bougie, Chairman
Pierre Rougeau, CFO
industry = Pulp and Paper
num_employees = 17,000 (2006)
products = Newsprint, Uncoated Groundwood, Wood Products, Recycling Services
revenue = profit$5.342 billion CAD (2005)
operating_income = loss$276.00 million CAD (2005)
net_income = loss$350.00 million CAD (2005)
homepage = [http://www.abitibiconsolidated.com/AciWebSiteV3.nsf http://www.abitibiconsolidated.com]

Abitibi-Consolidated is a Canadian pulp and paper company based in Montreal, Quebec. The network of 19 paper mills, 20 sawmills, 4 remanufacturing facilities and 2 engineered wood facilities, located in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom supplies publishers, printers, building products distributors and housing manufacturers in over 70 countries. It has approximately 12,500 employees.

A global leader in newsprint, commercial printing papers and wood products, the Company saw combined revenues of $4.85 billion in 2006. Number one in Canada in terms of total certified woodlands, Abitibi-Consolidated is also one of the largest recyclers of newspapers and magazines, serving 21 metropolitan areas in North America and the United Kingdom.

In addition, the Company has significant hydroelectric generating assets in eastern Canada, which provide a cost advantage for the associated production facilities and represent an attractive vehicle for future growth in the energy sector.

Merger with Bowater

On January 29, 2007, Bowater and Abitibi-Consolidated announced they would be merging to create AbitibiBowater [http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2007/01/29/abitibibowater.html] The merger would created the third largest pulp and paper company in North America, and the eighth largest in the world. Following the merger, Abitibi-Consolidated is rated B1, B+ and B+ by Moodys, Standard and Poors and Fitch Ratings respectively.

Forerunner companies:

Abitibi:

Abitibi Pulp and Paper Co. Ltd. : founded in 1912 at Iroquois Falls, Ontario on the Abitibi River by Frank Harris Anson. The following February, the company name was changed to Abitibi Power and Paper Co. Ltd. to reflect the power generation business it created through the need to build a dam to generate electricity for its mill. The company expanded to other locations in Ontario where it also built dams [http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/ENGLISH/exhibits/paper/big/big_06_abitibi_dam.htm] and operated hydro electric power stations. Wherever the company built a mill, a new town sprang up around it and it even built radio stations such as CFCH in Iroquois Falls to serve these remote new communities. The company acquired other small lumber operations and grew to become a major force in the North American newsprint business but the Great Depression forced the company to file for bankruptcy protection on September 10, 1932. It remained under the control of the Court-appointed Receiver until 1946, the longest such receivership in Canadian history. Emerging from bankruptcy, the company prospered in the post-World War II industrial boom and in 1965 changed its name to the Abitibi Paper Company Ltd. In 1974, Abitibi purchased a controlling interest in the Price Brothers & Company Limited which had extensive operations in the Province of Quebec and whose vast forestry business dated back to the William Price Company established in Montreal in 1820. The merger of Abitibi and the Price Brothers made it the world's biggest newsprint producer. In 1979, the corporate name was changed to Abitibi-Price Inc. and in 1981 it was taken over by Olympia and York Developments Ltd. The collapse of Olympia and York in 1992 resulted in the consortium of banks being forced to take control of Abitibi-Price Inc. for a short time until they sold it through a public share issue in 1994.

Consolidated:

The Bathurst Power and Paper Company Ltd. built a mill in Bathurst, New Brunswick in 1914. Majority control of the company was obtained in the late 1930s by Arthur J. Nesbitt and his partner Peter A. T. Thomson through their holding company, Power Corporation of Canada. In the early 1960s, Power Corporation bought the Consolidated Paper Company. When Paul Desmarais acquired control of Power Corporation in 1968, the two companies were merged to become Consolidated-Bathurst Inc. In 1989, the company was sold to Stone Container Corporation of Chicago, Illinois who renamed it Stone Consolidated Inc.

Abitibi-Consolidated was formed from the merger between Abitibi-Price Inc. and Stone-Consolidated on May 29th, 1997. In 2000, Abitibi-Consolidated acquired a majority shareholding in Canadian integrated forest products company Donohue Inc.

External links

* [http://www.abitibiconsolidated.com/ACIWebSiteV3.nsf/Site/en/index.html Company web site]
* [http://biz.yahoo.com/p/a/aby.html Yahoo profile]

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