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Tenon Reaches Agreement On Sale

Tenon Reaches Agreement On Sale Of Structural Solutions Business To Carter Holt Harvey

AUCKLAND, 22 December 2004 – Tenon announced today that it had entered into a conditional agreement to sell its Structural Solutions business to Carter Holt Harvey Limited (“CHH”), for NZ$165 million plus working capital movements, all payable in cash. Including additional working capital released from log procurement, the cash to be received would increase to approximately $170 million.

The Structural Solutions business comprises the Company’s mills and remanufacturing plants located at Kawerau, Rainbow Mountain (near Rotorua), and Mt Maunganui, together with related sales and marketing and operational support functions. CHH will also be assuming certain obligations and liabilities in relation to the Structural Solutions business, including wood supply and customer supply agreements.

The Company said, “The sale price represents a significant premium to the valuation range of $123-144 million determined for the Structural Solutions business by the Grant Samuel Independent Appraisal report issued in May this year, and also a premium to the implied value of this Business in the current Tenon share price. In addition, significant further benefits will accrue as Tenon moves to a cost structure which more appropriately reflects the new narrowed focus of its residual Appearance operations.

The transaction is subject to completion of the Kawerau Sawmill Front End upgrade project and other standard commercial conditions. The Company believes all conditions should be fulfilled in the first quarter or early second quarter of next year.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Chairman Tony Gibbs said, “The strategic review process just completed established that we could create more value for our shareholders by selling the Structural Solutions business than by retaining it. We conducted a very robust process, and we received a number of credible, fully financed, offers for the business. We are confident that this is the best price we could achieve for the business, and the sale is clearly value-creating for Tenon shareholders.”

Referring to the future of the residual Appearance business of the Company, Mr Gibbs said, “Moving forward, we will retain a significant market presence as a wood products processing marketing and distribution company. Our focus will be on growing our leadership position in the high-end appearance wood products markets on the international stage where we believe there are good value opportunities for the Company.”

Tenon will retain its mill and other facilities at Taupo and its overseas activities including its investments in North America (notably The Empire Company and American Wood Moulding) and in Europe (including the European furniture company Zenia House).

Following the sale and second capital return, the Company will continue to have no debt and positive cash on hand.

Goldman Sachs JBWere (NZ) Limited advised Tenon in respect of the sale. ENDS

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