Japan’s Oji sets up forest plantation company in Uruguay

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Japan’s Oji sets up forest plantation company in Uruguay

Japanese paper maker Oji Holdings Corp. has announced the establishment of a company in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, for forest plantation acquisition.

According to Tuesday’s announcement, Oji Uruguay Forest Company SAS will buy a plantation straddling the northern Uruguay departments of Tacuarembo and Rivera for 288 million dollars.

The acquisition increases the total area of the Oji Holdings group’s forest plantations by about 41,000 hectares.

Oji Uruguay Forest will engage mainly in afforestation and timber sales.

To reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Oji Holdings is expanding its forest plantations abroad. It aims to boost the total area to 400,000 hectares by fiscal 2030.

Oji Holdings Corporation | 14 May 2024

Oji Holdings establishes Oji Uruguay Forest Co., signs a transfer agreement with The Rohatyn Group to acquire forest plantations in the Tacuarembo and Rivera departments, and moves to increase the company’s total area of overseas production forests by about 41,000 ha.

Public Relations & Investor Relations Department

Corporate Sustainability Division

Oji Holdings Corporation

Oji Holdings Establishes Company to Acquire Forest Plantation in Uruguay

Oji Holdings Corporation (President: Hiroyuki Isono, Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo) announces the establishment of Oji Uruguay Forest Company S.A.S* (OUFC) in Uruguay and the signing of an asset transfer agreement with The Rohatyn Group, a US asset manager, to acquire forest plantation in the Tacuarembo and Rivera departments in the northern part of the country. OUFC has also received approval from the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (Ministerio de Ganadería, Agricultura y Pesca) and the President’s Office of Uruguay to become the owner of the forest plantation. *The current name of OUFC is Oji Uruguay S.A.S., which will be renamed in the future.

1. Background

Under its Environmental Action Program 2030, Oji has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 70% in FY2030 compared to FY2018. As part of our efforts to achieve this goal, we are expanding our forest plantation in Japan and overseas. We aim to develop the area of our overseas production forests from 279,000 ha in FY2022 to 400,000 ha by FY2030. Acquiring forest plantations in Uruguay will increase the total area by approximately 41,000 ha. Since the enactment of the Forestry Law in the late 1980s, Uruguay’s forest plantations have flourished, expanding the area of forest plantations, sawmills and pulp mills have been constructed, and export industries have developed, including those to North America and Asia. We will continue our efforts to expand our forest plantations to achieve our Environmental Action Program 2030 and promote the increase of CO2 net absorption by forests toward net zero carbon. We will also continue and expand our efforts to promote sustainable forest management to enhance the multifaceted functions of forests and to conserve and restore ecosystems, aiming to contribute to the achievement of Nature Positive.

World. Using forest timber, we will further enhance our resource and environmental business overseas.

2. Outline of OUFC

Company Name Oji Uruguay Forest Company S.A.S

Head Office Location Montevideo, Uruguay

Business Plantation and timber sales

3. Overview of plantation to be acquired

Area Total area 41,000 ha

Acquisition price 288 million USD

Planted species Eucalyptus and pine

Plantation Overview

Pine Forest Eucalyptus Forest

4. Impact on the Financial Results in the Current Fiscal Year

This matter will have a minor impact on the forecast of financial results for the fiscal year ending March 2025.

Contact

Yamaguchi, General Manager,

Plantation Business Department, Oji Green Resources Co.

Phone: +81-3-3563-7014

Public Relations & Investor Relations Department

Corporate Governance Division

Oji Holdings Corporation

Phone:+81-3-3563-4523 Email: oji-holdings@oji-gr.com

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