Forest products

BACKGROUND

Thanks to its abundant forests and geographic location, Québec is a major player in the international wood products market. Despite job losses in recent years, the industry remains strategically important to a number of regions.

The pulp and paper industry also plays an important role in the Québec economy. This can be explained by the fact that Québec is the source of one of the world’s best fibres, enjoys an abundant supply of hydroelectric power ans has a highly qualified workforce.

INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

In order to ensure its long-term growth and to maintain its advantageous market position, the forest produts will have to address the following challenges: 

  • A reduction in cutting rights in Québec;
  • A new forest regime;
  • Excess capacity;
  • Shutdown of paper manufacturers;
  • Higher production costs;
  • Trade dispute with the U.S.;
  • Excess supply of wood chips;
  • Convert biomass into a broad assortment of products ranging from traditional products such as paper, bioenergy and biofuels to value-added products such as biomaterials and biochemicals;
  • Cut production costs throught equipment upgrades;
  • Develop new markets.

WHERE THE FONDS FITS IN

The Fonds de solidarité FTQ leverages its expertise, capital and vast network to:
  • Provide financial and strategic support to companies seeking to maximize their growth;
  • Allow companies to capitalize on market opportunities to develop value-creating projects;
  • Help create and keep jobs in Québec.

INVESTMENT PRIORITIES

FINANCING

The Fonds offers solutions tailored to your needs.

FINANCING SOLUTIONS

The Fonds tailors its offer to match the individual needs of its partner companies. We offer patient capital that takes into account the challenges businesses face and the time they need to see their projects to fruition.

Our flexible financing options include: 

  • Equity financing (common or preferred shares)
  • Unsecured debt, requiring no collateral (debenture)
FINANCING CRITERIA

The Fonds gives priority to businesses that satisfy, among others, the following criteria:

  • Competent, dynamic and credible teams with operating experience;
  • Shareholders and officers receptive to investors, alliances and partnerships; 
  • Sound business plans and concepts;
  • Promising market and profitability outlook;
  • Competitive advantages;
  • Preservation and creation of lasting jobs.

SPECIALIZED TEAM

There are many advantages to partnering with our team, including: 
  • Solid expertise in the forest products industry;
  • Financing tailored to your needs;
  • A multidisciplinary, seasoned and available team;
  • Strategic support in the short, medium and long terms;
  • Proactive and close by.

INVOLVEMENT IN THE INDUSTRY

The Fonds is actively involved in the forest products industry.

SPECIALIZED FUNDS

The Fonds de solidarité FTQ has investments in: 

  • SOLIFOR, a limited partnership that manages Québec’s woodlands
INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

The Fonds is actively involved in: 

  • Québec Forest Industry Concil (QFIC)

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