November 9, 2004

Via EDGAR Transmission

Mr. H. Roger Schwall
Division of Corporation Finance
Securities and Exchange Commission
450 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20549-0405

Re :  Buckeye Technologies Inc.
      Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2004
      File No. 001-14030

Dear Mr. Schwall,

         On behalf of our client, Buckeye Technologies Inc. ("Buckeye" or the
"Company"), we set forth below the Company's responses to the comments (the
"Comments") of the staff (the "Staff") of the Securities and Exchange Commission
(the "Commission"), dated October 25, 2004, regarding the Company's Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004 (the "Form 10-K"),
as filed with the Commission on August 26, 2004. For your convenience, each
response follows the sequentially numbered Comment copied in bold from your
letter of October 25, 2004. When we refer to pages or notes in this letter, we
refer to the page or note numbers in the Form 10-K.

         To assist the Staff in its review, the Company has included with its
responses drafts of certain revised disclosure for the Staff's consideration.
Except as otherwise noted, the Company would propose treating all Comments as
"future" comments to be reflected in future filings.

Financial Statements

Note 1 - Accounting Policies, page F-8

              Inventories, page F-8

     1.       Please modify your disclosure to include the nature of cost
              elements included in inventory, and to describe the principal
              assumptions under your average cost method, as required by
              Regulations S-X, Rule 5-02(6)(b).

The Company notes the Staff's comments and guidance on the preparation of
disclosure regarding the nature of cost elements included in inventory, and the


principal assumptions underlying the average cost method for calculating
inventory values. In this regard, the Company included disclosure in its Form
10-K, under the heading "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial
Condition and Results of Operations - Critical Accounting Policies -
Inventories," with respect to the principal assumptions and estimates that the
Company is required to make in valuing its inventories. The Company further
proposes to add the following disclosure regarding inventories in future

         Inventories are valued at the lower of cost or market. The costs of
         manufactured cotton-based specialty fibers and costs for nonwoven raw
         materials are generally determined on the first-in, first-out (FIFO)
         basis. Other manufactured products and raw materials are generally
         valued on an average cost basis. Inventory costs include material,
         labor and manufacturing overhead. Physical counts of inventories are
         taken at least annually, and we review periodically the provision for
         potential losses from obsolete, excess or slow-moving inventories."

              Intellectual Property and Other, page F-9

         2. We understand that you record amortization of intellectual property
as other non-operating expense on your statement of operations. Tell us why the
amortization of your patents, licenses, trademarks and tradenames, all of which
appear to be associated with your primary operations, would not need to be
characterized as operating expense to comply with Regulation S-X, Rule 5-03(b).

In October 1999, Buckeye acquired certain patents and other intellectual
property assets in connection with its purchase of the assets of Walkisoft GmbH
and certain of its affiliates. At that time, the Company was unsure of the
extent to which it would use the intellectual property assets so acquired in its
business. Therefore, based on its understanding of the appropriate accounting
treatment for the amortization of intellectual property not being used in a
business, the Company did not include the related amortization charges in
operating expense. In addition, at the time of the Walkisoft acquisition, the
Company concluded that the amounts being amortized were not material to its
business and discussed this issue with its independent auditors. When Buckeye
subsequently purchased the Stac-Pac patents in March 2000, it commenced
amortizing the value of those assets in the same manner as the Walkisoft assets.

Currently, the Company amortizes the value of patents as soon as such patents
are issued by the U.S. patent office, whether or not they are used in the
Company's business. In recent years, the portion of amortization expense
attributable to intellectual property assets used in the Company's business has
increased relative to the amortization expense related to unused intellectual
property assets. The Company has concluded that it would be preferable to treat
the amortization expense associated


with all of its intellectual property assets as an operating expense and has
discussed this issue and conclusion with its independent auditors. The Company
agrees that it should reclassify this expense as an operating expense and,
accordingly, has implemented and disclosed such reclassification in its
quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2004,
which the Company filed on October 29, 2004. The Company believes that this
reclassification will not affect investors' view of Buckeye because such
amortization expense does not impact the Company's earnings per share and is a
non-cash item. Given that this reclassification will result in a change of
approximately $2 million in certain items, which is a minor amount in the
context of the Company's overall results of operations, the Company proposes
that it not be required to amend the Form 10-K at this time, and undertakes to
adopt this new accounting treatment in its future filings.

Note 2 - Changes in Accounting, page F-11

     3.       We note that you have not provided disclosure concerning the
              impact of adopting SFAS 143, as would ordinarily be required,
              given the guidance in SAB Top 11:M. Tell us why you believe this
              guidance is not applicable to your situation. If your views are
              based on materiality, please submit a quantitative and qualitative
              analysis with your reply.

The Company respectfully submits that its presentation of obligations associated
with the retirement of tangible long-lived assets is consistent with the
guidance provided by SAB 11:M. FASB Statement No. 143, Accounting for Asset
Retirement Obligations, applies to all entities having legal obligations
associated with the retirement of a tangible long-lived asset that results from
the acquisition, construction, development and/or the normal operation of such
long-lived asset. As used in this statement, a legal obligation is an obligation
that a party is required to settle as a result of an existing or enacted law,
statute, ordinance, written or oral contract, or a legally binding promise of
performance. This statement does not apply to obligations that arise solely as a
result of a plan to sell or otherwise dispose of a long-lived asset covered by
FASB Statement No. 144, Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived

As of the end of the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004, the Company concluded that
it had no obligations resulting from government actions, agreements with third
parties, including written or oral contracts, or promises to third parties that
imposed on it a reasonable expectation of performance. Accordingly, the Company
does not believe that it would be appropriate, and did not recognize in its
consolidated financial statements, any liabilities related to such asset
retirement obligations. The Company notes that the guidance in SAP Topic 11:M
does not require disclosure with respect to FASB Statement No. 143 if a
registrant does not expect the impact of such statement on its financial
position and results of operations to be material. Since the implementation of
this accounting standard did not affect its financial statements, the Company
made no disclosures with respect to its adoption.


Note 8 - Debt, Page F-17

     4.       We note your disclosure stating that, as of June 30, 2004, you
              were in compliance with your financial debt covenants. Tell us of
              any instances of non-compliance during the periods presented, and
              explain your application of FRC Section 501.13.c. in determining
              that no further discussion was warranted in MD&A.

The Company has been in compliance with its financial debt covenants during the
periods presented and respectfully submits that its disclosure with respect to
such compliance in the Form 10-K is consistent with applicable Commission
guidance, including FRC Section 501.13.c. Moreover, the Company has consistently
disclosed in its periodic filings instances in which it has received waivers or
entered into amendments that bear upon its compliance with its financial debt
covenants. For example, the Company provided in the Form 10-K detailed
disclosure of the material covenants governing its outstanding debt, guarantees
and other contingent obligations. In particular, the Company provided enhanced
disclosure with respect to areas where its existing covenants limited its
ability to incur additional debt financing. For example, under "Management's
Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations -
Financial Condition - Liquidity" and in Note 8 to the Consolidated Financial
Statements in the Form 10-K, the Company disclosed that covenants under its
Senior Subordinated Notes (as defined in the Form 10-K) precluded it from
incurring additional debt unless it met certain specified financial ratios. The
fact that this "incurrence" covenant limits the Company's flexibility in
incurring additional debt financing should not be read to imply that the Company
was not in compliance with such covenant during the periods presented. As is
disclosed in Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the
Form 10-K, falling below the required 2:1 financial ratio in the Company's
limitation on indebtedness covenant under its outstanding public debt "does not
breach any covenant and is not an event of default under any of the Company's
debt agreements."


     5.       We understand from your disclosure on page F-15 that you have
              registered public debt. As such, it appears you may need to modify
              your filing to include a schedule showing your computation of the
              Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges, as defined in Regulation S-K,
              Item 503(d), and required under Regulation S-K, Rule 601(a) and

The Company did include in its Registration Statement on Form S-4, initially
filed October 30, 2003, as amended (Reg. No. 333-110091), a schedule showing the
computation of the Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges for the fiscal year ended
June 30, 2003 and for the four preceding fiscal years. The Company acknowledges
that Item 503(d) of Regulation S-K and Rules 601(a) and (b)(12) under Regulation


require a registrant having outstanding registered public debt to disclose in a
schedule the computation of a Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges for each full
fiscal year.

For your information, the Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges for the full fiscal
year periods from 2000 through 2004 were as follows:

                                      2000   2001   2002    2003    2004
                                      ----   ----   ----    ----    ----
Ratio of earnings to fixed charges    3.0    2.1    0.5     0.2     --*
     * In 2004 the Company's deficiency of earnings to fixed charges was $69.5

The Company notes that this ratio was negative as of June 30, 2004 due primarily
to a sizable non-cash charge attributable to a facility closure that occurred in
fiscal 2004. This loss was apparent to readers of the Form 10-K on the face of
the Company's results of operations for the 2004 fiscal year. The Company
proposes to disclose the ratio of earnings to fixed charges for the periods
indicated in its next quarterly report on Form 10Q. If it would be preferable
for the Company to inform investors of this ratio more quickly, the Company
would propose that it disclose this ratio of earnings to fixed charges
immediately as an exhibit to be filed under cover of Form 8-K. In either case,
the Company undertakes to include this information in all future filings where
the ratio of earnings to fixed charges is required to be disclosed.

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         The Company has directed me to acknowledge on its behalf that it is
responsible for the adequacy and accuracy of the disclosure in its filings with
the Commission, that Staff comments or changes to disclosure in response to
Staff Comments in the filings reviewed by the Staff do not foreclose the
Commission from taking any action with respect to such filings, and that the
Company may not assert Staff Comments as a defense in any proceeding initiated
by the Commission or any person under the federal securities laws of the United

                                    * * * * *

         If you have any questions concerning the foregoing, please do not
hesitate to contact me at the telephone number appearing above.

                                           Very truly yours,

                                           /s/ Thomas J. Friedmann
                                           Thomas J. Friedmann


cc:      Gary Newberry, Securities and Exchange Commission
         Karl Hiller, Securities and Exchange Commission
         Kristopher J. Matula, Buckeye Technologies Inc.
         Sheila Jordan Cunningham, Buckeye Technologies Inc.
         David G. Schlitt, Ernst & Young LLP