At the Annual General Meeting of SCA last week, the company’s shareholders voted in favor of the Board of Director’s proposal to split the Group into two listed companies.
One of these will continue to operate as SCA, a forest products company that will include the forest products operations and all forest land currently owned by the Group. SCA’s hygiene business, including the current business areas of Personal Care (including the recently acquired BSN medical) and Tissue will become a leading global hygiene and health company operating under the name Essity.
The split of the company will be carried out at a suitable time following completion of the listing process, but no later than in the second half of 2017. In addition to their existing shareholding, SCA’s shareholders will also receive shares in the newly listed hygiene and health company Essity in connection with the listing.
“I am pleased that the shareholders support the Board’s proposal regarding two separate listed companies. This will increase value for shareholders in the long-term through increased focus, customer value, development opportunities and enables each company to successfully realize its strategies. We look forward to an exciting future for our two strong listed companies,” says Magnus Groth, currently President and CEO of SCA and future President and CEO of the new hygiene and health company Essity.