updated 11/22/2010 10:16:42 AM ET 2010-11-22T15:16:42

HELSINKI, Finland, Nov. 22, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stora Enso has today successfully tapped its two five-year bonds due in September 2015. Both bonds are issued under Stora Enso's EMTN (Euro Medium Term Note) programme.

The SEK 1 300 million 5.75% fixed coupon bond was tapped with SEK 1 100 million of new notes issued with a 5.45 % yield at a price of 101.200. The settlement date of the transaction is 29 November 2010. Following the tap, a total of SEK 2 400 million of the bond is outstanding.

The SEK 1 000 million bond that pays a floating coupon of three-month Stibor plus 3.7% was tapped with SEK 400 million of new notes issued with a Stibor + 2.75% at a price of 104.107. The settlement date of the transaction is 1 December 2010. Following the tap, a total of SEK 1 400 million of the bond is outstanding.

Sole arranger and bookrunner for these transactions was Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB).

"The tapping follows the two bonds issued on 24 August 2010. Those bonds have performed well and we felt there was additional demand for our bonds. We therefore decided to take advantage of good market conditions and tap the bonds at attractive levels. The Group has strong liquidity and we continue to manage our short-term maturities and maturity profile proactively," says Jyrki Tammivuori, SVP, Group Treasurer.

Stora Enso is a global paper, packaging and wood products company producing newsprint and book paper, magazine paper, fine paper, consumer board, industrial packaging and wood products. The Group is the world leader in forest industry sustainability. We offer our customers solutions based on renewable raw materials. Our products provide a climate-friendly alternative to many non-renewable materials, and have a smaller carbon footprint. Stora Enso is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Stora Enso employs some 27 000 people worldwide, and our sales in 2009 amounted to EUR 8.9 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY) in the International OTCQX over-the-counter market.

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