updated 12/14/2010 10:16:56 AM ET 2010-12-14T15:16:56

HELSINKI, Finland, Dec. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stora Enso has signed a new EUR 700 million committed credit facility agreement with a syndicate of 16 banks, refinancing the existing EUR 1 400 million facility. The new facility matures in January 2014, and will be used as a backup for general corporate purposes. The loan has no financial covenants. The margin is based on a ratings grid, and at the current rating of BB/Ba2 the margin is 1.75% p.a. over Euribor.

Bookrunners and Mandated Lead Arrangers for the transaction are BNP Paribas, Citi, Goldman Sachs International, Nordea and The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC.

Mandated Lead Arrangers are Banc of America Securities Limited, Barclays Capital, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Deutsche Bank AG London Branch, DnB NOR Bank ASA, Handelsbanken, HSBC Bank plc, JP Morgan plc, Pohjola Bank plc, SEB and UBS Investment Bank.

"We are pleased with the continued support and commitment of our relationship banks. The rationale for refinancing was to take advantage of prevailing market conditions and prolong the maturity," 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.

CONTACT:  Stora Enso Oyj
          Jyrki Tammivuori, SVP, Group Treasurer
            +358 2046 21043
          Ulla Paajanen-Sainio, Head of Investor Relations
            +358 2046 21242
          www.storaenso.com
          www.storaenso.com/investors

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