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700 West Pender Street

Suite 1120

Vancouver, BC V6C 1G8


Phone: 604-684-1099

Fax: 604-684-1094

Mercer International Inc. operates as a producer of pulp for resale. The company manufactures and sells northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp produced from wood chips and pulp logs at its three mills. The company operates three NBSK pulp mills with a consolidated annual production capacity of approximately 1.5 million air-dried metric tones (ADMTs) of NBSK pulp and capable of generating 305 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Rosenthal Mill The company’s Rosenthal mill is an NBSK pulp mill that has an annual production capacity of approximately 360,000 ADMTs and 57 MW of electrical generation. The Rosenthal mill is located in the town of Blankenstein, Germany. Stendal Mill The company’s Stendal mill is an NBSK pulp mill that has an annual production capacity of approximately 660,000 ADMTs and 148 MW of electrical generation. The Stendal mill is located near the town of Stendal, Germany. Celgar Mill The company’s Celgar mill is an NBSK pulp mill with an annual production capacity of approximately 520,000 ADMTs and 100 MW of electrical generation. The Celgar mill is located near the city of Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada. The company’s mills generate electricity, which is surplus to their operating requirements. Additionally, its German mills generate tall oil from black liquor, which is sold to third parties for use in various applications, including bio-fuels. All of the company’s mills generate and sell surplus energy to regional utilities. The company serves customers in Europe, Asia, and North America. Strategy The company’s corporate strategy is to expand its asset and earnings base through organic growth and acquisitions, primarily in Europe and North America. Its strategy includes focusing on premium grade market NBSK pulp, including focusing on customers that produce tissue, specialty papers and printing and writing paper grades; increasing stable revenues from renewable energy and chemical sales; and taking an opportunistic approach to potential investments or acquisitions that can grow its business. Seasonality The company is exposed to fluctuations in quarterly sales volumes and expenses due to seasonal factors. The company generally has weaker pulp demand in Europe during the summer holiday months and in China in the period relating to its lunar new year. The company has a seasonal build-up in raw material inventories in the early winter months as its mills build up their fiber supply for the winter when there is reduced availability. Competition The company’s key NBSK pulp competitors are principally located in Northern Europe and Canada and include Canfor Pulp; Metsä Fibre; Södra Cell; and Asia Pulp and Paper. History Mercer International Inc. was founded in 1968.


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