Smurfit Kappa and WestRock Announce Transaction to Create a Global Leader in Sustainable Packaging
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Additional Information about the Combination and Where to Find It
In connection with the combination (the “Combination”) of Smurfit Kappa Group plc (“Smurfit Kappa”) and WestRock Company (“WestRock”), the entity which will ultimately own the combined businesses of Smurfit Kappa and WestRock following the combination (“Smurfit WestRock”) will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement, which will include a proxy statement of WestRock that will also constitute a prospectus of Smurfit WestRock (the “proxy statement/prospectus”). Each of Smurfit Kappa, WestRock and Smurfit WestRock will also file other relevant documents in connection with the Combination. The definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to the shareholders of WestRock. Smurfit Kappa will also publish a shareholder circular approved by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”), which will be sent to Smurfit Kappa’s shareholders or otherwise made available in accordance with Smurfit Kappa’s articles of association and the UK Listing Rules. Smurfit WestRock will publish a prospectus approved by the FCA, which will be made available in accordance with Rule 3.2 of the UK Prospectus Regulation Rules (the “UK listing prospectus”). This Microsite and its contents are not a substitute for any registration statement, proxy statement/prospectus, UK listing prospectus or other document Smurfit Kappa, WestRock and/or Smurfit WestRock may file with the SEC or applicable securities regulators in the United Kingdom and Ireland in connection with the Combination.
BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISIONS, INVESTORS, STOCKHOLDERS AND SHAREHOLDERS OF SMURFIT KAPPA AND WESTROCK ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, THE SHAREHOLDER CIRCULAR AND THE UK LISTING PROSPECTUS, AS APPLICABLE, AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE FILED OR WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC OR APPLICABLE SECURITIES REGULATORS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, IN CONNECTION WITH THE COMBINATION WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SMURFIT KAPPA, WESTROCK, SMURFIT WESTROCK, THE COMBINATION AND RELATED MATTERS.
The registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed by Smurfit Kappa, WestRock and Smurfit WestRock with the SEC, when filed, will be available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by WestRock online at ir.westrock.com/ir-home/, upon written request delivered to 1000 Abernathy Road, Atlanta, Georgia or by calling (770) 448-2193, and will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement, proxy statement/prospectus, shareholder circular, UK listing prospectus and other documents which will be filed with the SEC and applicable securities regulators in the United Kingdom and Ireland by Smurfit WestRock or Smurfit Kappa online at www.smurfitkappa.com/investors, upon written request delivered to Beech Hill, Clonskeagh, Dublin 4, Ireland or by calling +353 1 202 7000. The information included on, or accessible through, other sections of Smurfit Kappa’s or WestRock’s websites is not incorporated by reference into the information contained within this Microsite.
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Participants in the Solicitation of Proxies
The information contained within this Microsite is not a solicitation of proxies in connection with the Combination. However, under SEC rules, Smurfit Kappa, WestRock, Smurfit WestRock, and certain of their respective directors, executive officers and other members of the management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the Combination. Information about WestRock’s directors and executive officers may be found in its 2022 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on November 18, 2022, available at ir.westrock.com/ir-home/ and www.sec.gov. Information about Smurfit Kappa’s directors and executive officers may be found in its 2022 Annual Report filed with applicable securities regulators in the United Kingdom on March 28, 2023, available on its website at www.smurfitkappa.com/investors. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the Combination will be included in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials filed with the SEC when they become available.
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Forward-looking statements are based upon current plans, estimates and expectations that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. We can give no assurance that such plans, estimates or expectations will be achieved and therefore, actual results may differ materially from any plans, estimates or expectations in such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such plans, estimates or expectations include: a condition to the closing of the Combination may not be satisfied; the occurrence of any event that can give rise to termination of the Combination; a regulatory approval that may be required for the Combination is delayed, is not obtained in a timely manner or at all or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; Smurfit Kappa is unable to achieve the synergies and value creation contemplated by the Combination; Smurfit Kappa is unable to promptly and effectively integrate WestRock’s businesses; management’s time and attention is diverted on issues related to the Combination; disruption from the Combination makes it more difficult to maintain business, contractual and operational relationships; credit ratings decline following the Combination; legal proceedings are instituted against Smurfit Kappa or WestRock; Smurfit Kappa or WestRock are unable to retain or hire key personnel; the announcement or the consummation of the Combination has a negative effect on the market price of the capital stock of Smurfit Kappa or WestRock or on Smurfit Kappa or WestRock’s operating results; evolving legal, regulatory and tax regimes; changes in economic, financial, political and regulatory conditions, in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere, and other factors that contribute to uncertainty and volatility, natural and man-made disasters, civil unrest, pandemics (e.g., the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (the “COVID-19 pandemic”)), geopolitical uncertainty, and conditions that may result from legislative, regulatory, trade and policy changes associated with the current or subsequent Irish, U.S. or U.K. administrations; the ability of Smurfit Kappa or WestRock to successfully recover from a disaster or other business continuity problem due to a hurricane, flood, earthquake, terrorist attack, war, pandemic, security breach, cyber-attack, power loss, telecommunications failure or other natural or man-made event, including the ability to function remotely during long-term disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of public health crises, such as pandemics (including the COVID-19 pandemic) and epidemics and any related company or governmental policies and actions to protect the health and safety of individuals or governmental policies or actions to maintain the functioning of national or global economies and markets; actions by third parties, including government agencies; the risk that disruptions from the Combination will harm Smurfit Kappa’s or WestRock’s business, including current plans and operations; certain restrictions during the pendency of the Combination that may impact Smurfit Kappa’s or WestRock’s ability to pursue certain business opportunities or strategic transactions; Smurfit Kappa’s or WestRock’s ability to meet expectations regarding the accounting and tax treatments of the Combination; the risks and uncertainties discussed in the “Risks and Uncertainties” section in Smurfit Kappa’s reports available on the National Storage Mechanism at https://data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism and on its website at https://www.smurfitkappa.com/investors; and the risks and uncertainties discussed in the “Risk Factors” and “Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” sections in WestRock’s reports filed with the SEC.
These risks, as well as other risks associated with the Combination, will be more fully discussed in the proxy statement/prospectus, the shareholder circular, the UK listing prospectus and the other relevant materials filed with the SEC and applicable securities regulators in the United Kingdom. The list of factors presented here should not be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realization of forward-looking statements. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements as they are not guarantees of future performance or outcomes and that actual performance and outcomes, including, without limitation, the actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of new markets or market segments in which we operate, may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in the information in this Microsite. Except as required by law, none of Smurfit Kappa, WestRock or Smurfit WestRock assume any obligation to update or revise the information contained herein, which speaks only as of the date hereof.
Nothing in this Microsite should be construed as a profit estimate or profit forecast. No statement in this Microsite, or the information within it, including statements regarding the potential effect of the Combination on cash flows and capital returns should be interpreted to mean that cash flows or capital returns of Smurfit Kappa, WestRock or Smurfit WestRock for the current or future financial years will necessarily match or exceed the historical cash flows or capital returns of Smurfit Kappa or WestRock.
Completion of the Combination will be subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions and consequently, there can be no certainty that the completion of the Combination will be forthcoming.
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