New entrants have played and will continue to play a role. There have been new strategic investors into traditional markets who believe they can drive superior returns to existing players or into new opportunities presented by wood biomass such as bioenergy, biofuels and bioehcmicals; private equity (timberland investment managers) investing into the industry’s fibre base; buy-out funds seeking high cash returns from more active asset management or finance structures.
All of these factors will continue to drive widespread restructuring, consolidation and transformation of industry value chains.
How PwC can help
PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services and Corporate Finance teams bring unparalleled strength – in people, knowledge and services – to ensure your deal decisions are informed ones and your investments are successful. Our financial, operational, strategic, structuring and corporate finance specialists work alongside our other specialists within the firm including tax M&A, HR, pensions, valuation, IT and environmental to enable you to extract maximum value from your business before, during or after a transaction.
Read more about deals activity in the industry and about our credentials in transactions in our thought leadership paper entitled Forest, paper and packaging deals: 2008 Annual Review .