OfficeMax Receives $72-Million Distribution From Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C.

Retains Ownership Of 20% In Voting Equity Securities

Jul 31, 2013, 08:00 ET from OfficeMax Incorporated

NAPERVILLE, Ill., July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- OfficeMax® Incorporated (NYSE: OMX), a leading provider of office and facility supplies, technology and services, announced that it received an approximately $72-million cash distribution yesterday related to its October 2004 investment in Boise Cascade Holdings, L.L.C. ("BCH").  OfficeMax owns 20% of the voting equity securities ("Common Units") of BCH, which is accounted for under the cost method as a $92-million investment (asset), as well as a $94-million deferred book gain (liability), on OfficeMax's March 30, 2013 consolidated balance sheet. 

The $72 million received by OfficeMax was part of a $359-million distribution that BCH made to the holders of its Common Units.  As a result of the distribution, OfficeMax expects to record a significant gain in the third quarter.   

"We're pleased to have strengthened our balance sheet by further monetizing this non-core Boise asset," said Ravi Saligram, President and CEO of OfficeMax.  "Following the receipt of these proceeds, our BCH investment represents an indirect ownership interest of approximately 3.2 million shares of the common equity of Boise Cascade Company."

The distribution resulted from BCH's sale of 13.9 million common shares of Boise Cascade Company ("BCC") through two separate transactions:

  • A secondary public offering of 10.0 million BCC common shares held by BCH; and
  • Repurchase by BCC, from BCH, of 3.9 million BCC common shares.

Following these transactions, BCH owns 15.8 million common shares of BCC.  BCH's sale of BCC shares is expected to result in OfficeMax being allocated taxable income as a partner of the BCH entity.  This allocation of taxable income, in turn, might result in cash taxes being due for the year when combined with OfficeMax's other taxable income and credits.


From October 2004 through February 2013, OfficeMax held two classes of securities in BCH, non-voting equity units ("Series A Units") and voting equity security units ("Series B Units").  On February 12, 2013, BCH redeemed all of the Series A Units held by OfficeMax for $112 million, equal to the original investment amount of $66 million plus $46 million of total accrued dividends.  Until this redemption, OfficeMax had been recording dividend income earned on the Series A Units as a reduction of operating, selling and general and administrative expenses in its Corporate & Other segment.  Also on February 12, BCH distributed $85 million to the holders of its Series B Units, of which OfficeMax's 20% share of proceeds was $17 million.  This distribution on the Series B Units was recognized as a return of capital by OfficeMax for accounting purposes.  On February 26, 2013, BCH completed a recapitalization in which all outstanding Series B Units were converted into Common Units.  Following the recapitalization, no other class of equity security of BCH is outstanding.

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