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Norske Skog AS has initiated a process to consider an initial public offering (“IPO”) and listing of its shares on Oslo Børs (Oslo Stock Exchange). Sven Ombudstvedt, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Norske Skog, commented: - The owner of Norske Skog considers that a listing of Norske Skog’s shares would provide an important platform for future development. We have a strong track record of cash flow generation despite declining demand for paper products. Access to the equity capital market would add opportunities to fund further growth going forward.

Norske Skog AS has initiated a process to consider an initial public offering (“IPO”) and listing of its shares on Oslo Børs (Oslo Stock Exchange). Sven Ombudstvedt, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Norske Skog, commented: - The owner of Norske Skog considers that a listing of Norske Skog’s shares would provide an important platform for future development. We have a strong track record of cash flow generation despite declining demand for paper products. Access to the equity capital market would add opportunities to fund further growth going forward.

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The information contained in this section of the website of Norske Skog ASA (the "Company") (a) is only intended for, and may only be accessed by, or distributed or disseminated, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, to (i) "qualified institutional buyers" (as defined in Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act")) ("QIBs") or (ii) persons resident and physically present outside the United States of America (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia, the "United States"), Canada, Australia, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China or Japan, and resident and physically present in a jurisdiction where to do so will not constitute a violation of the local securities laws or regulations of such jurisdiction, and (b) does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire any securities of the Company in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Japan, or any other jurisdiction where to do so might constitute a violation of the local securities laws or regulations of such jurisdiction.

The securities of the Company referred to in this section of the website (the "Securities") have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or with any securities regulatory authority of any state of the United States for offer or sale as part of their distribution and may not be offered or sold within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in compliance with any applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. There will be no public offering of the Securities in the United States. Any Securities sold in the United States will be sold only to QIBs in reliance on an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Furthermore, the securities have not been and will not be registered under the applicable securities laws of Canada, Australia, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Japan, or any other jurisdiction in which it would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures, and therefore may not be offered or sold to or for the account or benefit of any person having a registered address in, or located or resident in, Canada, Australia, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, Japan or any other jurisdiction in which it would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures.

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Norske Skog ASA – Publication of prospectus and commencement of bookbuilding and application periods

08 October 2019

Reference is made to the announcement on 7 October 2019, whereby Norske Skog ASA ("Norske Skog" or the "Company", OSE ticker code "NSKOG") announced the terms of the initial public offering of its shares (the "Offering" or the "IPO").

The Prospectus for the IPO (the "Prospectus") was approved by the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway on 7 October 2019. The Prospectus is, subject to regulatory restrictions in certain jurisdictions, available at www.norskeskog.com, www.abgsc.no, www.dnb.no/emisjoner and www.carnegie.no. Hard copies of the Prospectus may be obtained free of charge at the offices of Norske Skog at Sjølyst plass 2, 0278 Oslo, Norway, or by contacting one of the Managers.

The bookbuilding period for the institutional offering will commence today, 8 October 2019, at 09:00 hours (CEST) and run until 14:00 hours (CEST) on 16 October 2019. The application period for the retail offering and the employee offering will commence today, 8 October 2019, at 09:00 hours (CEST) and run until 12:00 hours (CEST) on 16 October 2019. The bookbuilding period and the application period may be shortened or extended at any time. The bookbuilding period and the application period may in no event expire prior to 16:30 hours (CEST) on 15 October 2019 or extended beyond 14:00 hours (CEST) on 5 November 2019. In the event of a shortening or an extension of the bookbuilding period and the application period, the allocation date, the payment due date and the date of delivery of Offer Shares will be changed accordingly, but the date of the listing and commencement of trading on the Oslo Stock Exchange may not necessarily be changed.

ABG Sundal Collier ASA and DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, are acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners and Carnegie AS is acting as Joint Bookrunner, in connection with the IPO (together referred to as the "Managers").

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is acting as legal advisor to the Company while Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma AS is acting as legal advisor to the Managers.

About Norske Skog

Norske Skog is a leading producer of publication paper with strong market positions in Europe, where it occupies a top-tier publication paper position, and Australasia, where Norske Skog is a leading producer of publication paper in a concentrated market.

Norske Skog operates a total of seven paper mills strategically located close to attractive markets and with total paper production capacity of 2.6 million tons, comprising 1.7 million tons of newsprint and 0.9 million tons of magazine paper (super-calendered and coated mechanical). Norske Skog’s Albury mill, with a production capacity of 265,000 tons of newsprint, is expected to cease production by end of 2019. The Norske Skog Group has approximately 2,400 employees, and had in 2018 annual revenue and EBITDA of approximately NOK 12.6 billion and NOK 1.0 billion, respectively.

For further queries, please contact:

Norske Skog Investor Relations:
Chief Financial Officer
Rune Sollie
rune.sollie@norskeskog.com
Mob: +47 906 34 788

Norske Skog media:
Vice President Corporate Communication and Public Affairs
Carsten Dybevig
carsten.dybevig@norskeskog.com
Mob: +47 917 63 117

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These materials do not constitute or form a part of any offer of securities for sale or a solicitation of an offer to purchase securities of the Company in the United States or any other jurisdiction. The securities of the Company may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"). The securities of the Company have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act. Any sale in the United States of the securities mentioned in this communication will be made solely to "qualified institutional buyers" as defined in Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act. No public offering of the securities will be made in the United States.

In any EEA Member State, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the EU Prospectus Regulation, i.e., only to investors who can receive the offer without an approved prospectus in such EEA Member State. The expression "EU Prospectus Regulation" means Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 (together with any applicable implementing measures in any Member State).

In the United Kingdom, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at Qualified Investors who (i) are investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (as amended) (the "Order") or (ii) are persons falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (high net worth companies, unincorporated associations, etc.) (all such persons together being referred to as "Relevant Persons"). These materials are directed only at Relevant Persons and must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this announcement relates is available only to Relevant Persons and will be engaged in only with Relevant Persons. Persons distributing this communication must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.

The Target Market Assessment is without prejudice to the requirements of any contractual, legal or regulatory selling restrictions in relation to the Offering.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Target Market Assessment does not constitute: (a) an assessment of suitability or appropriateness for the purposes of MiFID II; or (b) a recommendation to any investor or group of investors to invest in, or purchase, or take any other action whatsoever with respect to the Company's shares.

Each distributor is responsible for undertaking its own Target Market Assessment in respect of the Company's shares and determining appropriate distribution channels.

Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as "anticipate", "believe", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "intends", "may", "should", "will" and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in this release by such forward-looking statements. The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at its date, and are subject to change without notice.

This announcement is made by and, and is the responsibility of, the Company. The Managers are acting exclusively for the Company and no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than the Company for providing the protections afforded to their respective clients, or for advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any of the matters referred to herein.

Neither the Managers nor any of their respective affiliates makes any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of this announcement and none of them accepts any responsibility for the contents of this announcement or any matters referred to herein.

This announcement is for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon in substitution for the exercise of independent judgment. It is not intended as investment advice and under no circumstances is it to be used or considered as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a recommendation to buy or sell any securities of the Company. Neither the Managers nor any of their respective affiliates accepts any liability arising from the use of this announcement.

Each of the Company, the Managers and their respective affiliates expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update, review or revise any statement contained in this announcement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

The distribution of this announcement and other information may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions. Persons into whose possession this announcement or such other information should come are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Norske Skog ASA
PB 294 Skøyen
0213 Oslo
Norway
info@norskeskog.com

Phone: +47 22 51 20 20
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Norske Skog ASA
Sjølyst plass 2
0278 Oslo