Appleton Announces Upsizing and Pricing of Senior Secured Notes Offering

Jan 29, 2010, 17:44 ET from Appleton Papers Inc.

APPLETON, Wis., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Appleton Papers Inc. announced today the pricing of the offering of $305 million in aggregate principal amount of its 10.50% Senior Secured Notes due 2015 at an issue price of 98.035%.  The aggregate principal amount of the notes offered was increased from $300 million. The notes will be offered in a private placement to "qualified institutional buyers" pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act.  The closing of the sale of the notes is expected to occur on February 8, 2010.  


The notes will be senior secured obligations of Appleton and will be guaranteed by Paperweight Development Corp. and certain of Appleton's existing and future subsidiaries. The proceeds from the offering, together with borrowings under Appleton's new senior secured revolving credit facility, will be used to repay amounts outstanding under Appleton's existing credit facilities and to pay related fees and expenses.

The notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws, may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements, and will therefore be subject to substantial restrictions on transfer.

This press release is neither an offer to sell nor the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any security in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About Appleton

Appleton creates product solutions through its development and use of coating formulations, coating applications and encapsulation technology. Appleton produces carbonless, thermal, security and performance packaging products. Appleton, headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, has manufacturing operations in Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, employs approximately 2,200 people and is 100 percent employee-owned. For more information, visit

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SOURCE Appleton Papers Inc.