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Resolute Issues Clarification Regarding Trading Under 'RFP' Symbol on TSX

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Resolute Issues Clarification Regarding Trading Under 'RFP' Symbol on TSX22:00 EDT Wednesday, May 23, 2012 MONTREAL, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - AbitibiBowater Inc., doing business as Resolute Forest Products (NYSE: ABH) (TSX: ABH), today clarified that Resolute currently expects that trading in its common stock will commence under the new symbol 'RFP' on the Toronto Stock Exchange on May 28, 2012, and not May 24, 2012 as previously announced. Resolute also reconfirms that trading in its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol 'RFP' will commence as of the opening of markets on May 24, 2012.  About Resolute Forest Products Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company owns or operates 21 pulp and paper mills and 23 wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea. Marketing its products in more than 90 countries, Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products, formerly doing business as AbitibiBowater, trade under the stock symbol ABH on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Resolute and other member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada, as well as a number of environmental organizations, are partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to identify solutions to conservation issues that meet the goal of balancing equally the three pillars of sustainability linked to human activities: environmental, social and economic. Resolute is also a member of the World Wildlife Fund's Climate Savers program, in which businesses establish ambitious targets to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work aggressively toward achieving them. Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-looking Information Statements in this press release that are not reported financial results or other historical information of AbitibiBowater Inc., doing business as Resolute Forest Products, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such "forward-looking statements" may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words "should", "would", "could", "will", "may", "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "attempt", "project" and other terms with similar meaning indicating possible future events or potential impact on Resolute's business or shareholders, including future operations following the proposed acquisition of Fibrek. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not guarantees of future performance. These statements are based on management's current assumptions, beliefs and expectations, all of which involve a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause Resolute's actual future financial condition, results of operations and performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied in this press release include, but are not limited to, Resolute Common Stock issued in connection with the proposed acquisition may have a market value lower than expected, the businesses of Resolute and Fibrek may not be integrated successfully or such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected, the possible delay in the completion of the steps required to be taken for the eventual combination of the two companies, including the possibility that approvals or clearances required to be obtained from regulatory and other agencies and bodies will not be obtained in a timely manner, disruption from the proposed transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees and suppliers, and all other potential risks and uncertainties set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of Resolute's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, filed with the SEC and Resolute's other filings with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. All forward-looking statements in this press release are expressly qualified by the cautionary statements contained or referred to above and in Resolute's other filings with the SEC and the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Resolute disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. SOURCE RESOLUTE FOREST PRODUCTSFor further information: <p> <b>Investors</b><br/> Rémi G. Lalonde<br/> Vice President, Investor Relations<br/> 514 394-2345<br/> <a href="mailto:ir@resolutefp.com">ir@resolutefp.com</a> </p> <p> <b>Media and Others</b><br/> Seth Kursman<br/> Vice President, Corporate Communications,<br/> Sustainability and Government Affairs<br/> 514 394-2398<br/> <a href="mailto:seth.kursman@resolutefp.com">seth.kursman@resolutefp.com</a> </p>