Western Forest Products Reduces and Renegotiates U.S. Term-Debt



    TSX: WEF

    DUNCAN, BC, March 8 /CNW/ - Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX: WEF) today
announced that it has renegotiated the terms of its U.S. dollar denominated
long-term debt with the Brookfield Bridge Lending Group. Principal changes to
the terms include:

    
    -   Interest rate reduced from floating one-month LIBOR + 8.15% to
        floating one-month LIBOR plus 3%

    -   Annual fees of 0.75% (1% in final year) eliminated

    -   U.S. dollar denominated debt reduced from U.S.$95.3 million to U.S.
        $73.7 million through a payment of U.S.$21.6 million from the
        Company's cash reserves
    

    The U.S. debt matures on March 10, 2010 and may be fully or partly
prepaid at anytime without penalty. In addition to the U.S. debt, at
December 31, 2006 the Company had outstanding Cdn$99.9 million of Canadian
dollar denominated debt that will mature on March 10, 2008. The Canadian debt
bears interest at floating CIBC Prime plus 5.25%.
    Commenting on the revised terms, Reynold Hert, President and CEO stated,
"The combination of lowering the U.S. debt, reducing the interest rate and the
other amendments will together save the Company approximately $7.0 million
annually in interest costs and is an important next stage in our efforts to
refinance the Company's balance sheet and reduce our cost of capital."

    Western Forest Products
    Western is an integrated Canadian forest products company and the largest
coastal British Columbia woodland operator and lumber producer with an Annual
Allowable Cut of approximately 7.7 million cubic meters of timber (before
temporary AAC reductions and reductions with respect to the removal of certain
private timberlands from Tree Farm Licences) and lumber capacity in excess of
1.5 billion board feet from eight sawmills and four remanufacturing plants.
Principal activities conducted by the Company and its subsidiaries include
timber harvesting, reforestation, sawmilling logs into lumber and wood chips,
and value-added remanufacturing. Substantially all of Western's logging is
conducted on government owned timberlands in British Columbia. All of
Western's operations, employees and corporate facilities are located in the
coastal region of British Columbia while its products are sold in over 20
countries worldwide.

    Forward Looking Statements and Information
    This press release contains forward-looking statements and
forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities law.
Those statements and information include statements or information regarding
the intent, belief or current expectations of Western with respect to the
refinancing of its balance sheet. Such statements or information may be
indicated by words such as "should", "will", "may" and similar words and
phrases. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements or
information are not guarantees and may involve known and unknown risks and
uncertainties, and that the actual results may differ from those expressed or
implied in the forward-looking statements or information as a result of
various factors including, changes in government regulation, and misjudgments
in the course of preparing forward-looking statements or information. The
information contained under the "Risk Factors" section of Western's Annual
Information Form and under the "Risks and Uncertainties" section of Western's
Management's Discussion and Analysis identifies important factors that could
cause such differences. All written and oral forward-looking statements or
information attributable to Western or persons acting on behalf of Western are
expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements.
Western does not expect to update forward-looking statements or information as
conditions change.





For further information:

For further information: Reynold Hert, (250) 715-2207, President & CEO;
Paul Ireland, (250) 715-2209, CFO

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