UPM’s cash flow continued to be strong in Q3 in challenging operating environment

UPM-Kymmene Corporation   Stock exchange release 25 October 2012 at 9.35 EET

Q3/2012

  • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.15 (0.19), and reported EUR 0.06 (-0.21)
  • EBITDA was EUR 305 million, 11.8% of sales (331 million, 12.7% of sales)
  • EBITDA was affected by temporary production disruptions in Pulp
  • Net debt decreased by EUR 246 million to EUR 3,139 million 

Q1–Q3/2012

  • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.51 (0.77), and reported EUR 0.45 (0.68)
  • EBITDA was EUR 968 million, 12.4% of sales (1,082 million, 14.7% of sales)
  • Fixed costs decreased by EUR 59 million, on comparable basis
  • Operating cash flow was EUR 662 million (731 million), after restructuring payments of EUR 170 million
     
Key figures Q3/2012 Q3/2011 Q1–Q3/2012 Q1–Q3/2011 Q1–Q4/2011
Sales, EURm 2,578 2,603 7,788 7,382 10,068
EBITDA, EURm 1) 305 331 968 1,082 1,383
% of sales 11.8 12.7 12.4 14.7 13.7
Operating profit (loss), EURm 69 -159 316 328 459
excluding special items, EURm 122 136 391 535 682
% of sales 4.7 5.2 5.0 7.2 6.8
Profit (loss) before tax, EURm 49 -188 291 323 417
excluding special items, EURm 102 107 331 462 572
Net profit (loss) for the period, EURm 33 -109 237 355 457
Earnings per share, EUR 0.06 -0.21 0.45 0.68 0.88
excluding special items, EUR 0.15 0.19 0.51 0.77 0.93
Operating cash flow per share, EUR 0.61 0.54 1.26 1.40 1.99
Shareholders’ equity per share at end of period, EUR 14.14 13.78 14.14 13.78 14.22
Gearing ratio at end of period, % 42 52 42 52 48
Net interest-bearing liabilities at end of period, EURm 3,139 3,758 3,139 3,758 3,592

1) EBITDA is operating profit before depreciation, amortisation and impairment charges, excluding the change in value of biological assets, excluding the share of results of associated companies and joint ventures, and special items.


Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO, comments on the result:

“UPM’s business environment in the third quarter of 2012 was impacted by the decelerating global economy. Despite these circumstances, I am pleased that our cash flow continued to be strong and we were able to decrease our net debt and further strengthen our balance sheet. Performance in our growth businesses remained good, but Paper, Plywood and Timber continued to suffer from weak profitability. The Group’s operating profit excluding special items was EUR 122 million (Q2 2012 EUR 118 million or Q3 2011 EUR 136 million).

Energy, Label and Asian Paper businesses maintained strong profitability during the third quarter. Ample hydropower boosted Energy’s performance and Label experienced positive cost development. Pulp profitability was affected by temporary process disruptions at the Pietarsaari mill.

Although both deliveries and prices in Paper were in line with expectations, we were not able to adjust Paper’s cost level enough to improve profitability in the current operating environment. The development of the logistics and energy costs in particular was disappointing. The sale of the packaging paper business also affected the business’ EBITDA. 

We will use our full toolkit to get Paper’s performance on the right track. Our main focus in the Paper business is to improve margins to maximise cash flow. We have already started to review our costs, margins and structures to make the necessary turnaround in Paper and we have informed our publication paper customers of price increases. We will also investigate consolidation opportunities, and carry out restructuring and capacity closures when needed.

Meanwhile, we have continued the consistent implementation of the strategic actions in our growth businesses. In Label we completed the acquisition of Gascogne Laminates operations in Switzerland, following the strategy to grow in special labelstock products. Construction of the Lappeenranta wood-based biodiesel refinery, as well as preparations for the woodfree speciality paper machine investment in China are proceeding as planned,” Pesonen concludes.  


Outlook for 2012

Global economic growth has slowed down during 2012. The European economy is expected to be in recession in the second half of 2012. There are considerable uncertainties related to both to the European sovereign debt problems and to the growth prospects of the Chinese and other emerging economies.

In Q4 2012, UPM’s operating profit excluding special items is expected to be about the same, or lower than in Q3 2012. Operating profit excluding special items for the full year 2012 is expected to be lower than in 2011.

UPM’s cost level is expected to remain stable in Q4 2012 compared with Q3 2012. The realisation of the Myllykoski cost synergies is expected to continue as planned, and cost synergies of more than EUR 150 million are expected to impact UPM’s full-year 2012 results.

Capital expenditure for 2012 is forecast to be approximately EUR 350 million.
 
The full outlook is available in the Interim report.


For more information, please contact:
Mr Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0001
Mr Tapio Korpeinen, CFO, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0004


Webcast and press conference:
UPM's President and CEO Jussi Pesonen will present the Interim Report in a conference call and webcast for analysts and investors, held in English language, on 25 October at 13:00 Finnish time (11:00 BST, 06:00 EDT).

Later in the afternoon, UPM's President and CEO Jussi Pesonen will present the Interim Report in a press conference held in Finnish language at UPM Group Head Office in Helsinki (main entrance, Eteläesplanadi 2) on 25 October, at 14:15 Finnish time (12:15 BST, 07:15 EDT).

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