The fate of bankrupt St. Marys Paper Corp. will likely begin unfolding in a Toronto courtroom late Wednesday morning.
Ernst & Young, court-appointed receivers for the cash-strapped Sault Ste. Marie specialty papermaker, will seek Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial Division) approval to move forward on a sales process.
Lawyers for International Forest Products LLC, formerly International Forest Products Corp., which launched legal action late last month that put the 117-year-old mill into receivership, supports the receiver's recommendation.
The receiver is proposing a six-week process from court approval of the sale process to the March 2 closing of the sale.
Key dates will include: Jan. 30 (submission of non-binding letters of intent); Feb. 10 (submission of offers with $250,000 deposit); Feb. 21 (waiving all conditions related to sale); Feb. 29 (court approval of accepted offer) and March 2 (closing date).
Marketing materials, as well as a potential buyer list, including strategic buyers, distressed private equity funds and decommissioning, scrap dealers and liquidators, have been developed prior to the court appearance.
St Marys, rescued from bankruptcy in the summer of 2007, saw only limited production the past two years and was completely idle the past 10 months, since a four-month limited relaunch was aborted in March 2011.