July 14, 2017 / 5:36 PM / in 4 months

Oaktree opposes Rayonier's $807 mln purchase of Tembec

July 14 (Reuters) - Oaktree Capital Management LP, the largest shareholder of Tembec Inc, said on Friday it would vote against Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc’s $807 million acquisition of the Canadian forest products company.

Los Angeles-based Oaktree, which owns 19.9 percent of Tembec, called on Rayonier to sweeten its bid, saying: “If the offer is not increased, we believe Tembec shareholders would be better off ... independent.”

Jacksonville, Florida-based Rayonier, which supplies cellulose found in cellphones, computer screens and pharmaceutical drugs, said in May it would buy Tembec to expand into packaging and forest products.

It offered C$4.05 in cash or 0.2302 of a Rayonier share for each Tembec share.

In a separate statement on Friday, Tembec said proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services had recommended that the Canadian firm’s shareholders vote in favor of the deal under Rayonier’s proposed terms. ($1 = 1.2657 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by Ahmed Farhatha in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar)

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