UPM reports solid Q2 result despite challenging cost environment

Helsinki, 2011-08-03 08:31 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Interim report for January–June 2011:

Q2/2011

  • Earnings per share were EUR 0.56 (0.33), excluding special items EUR 0.26 (0.29)
  • EBITDA was EUR 372 million, 15.4% of sales (353 million, 15.9% of sales)
  • Strong operating cash flow at EUR 280 million (102 million)
  • Took a major strategic step by completing the Myllykoski acquisition on 1 August 2011

Q1–Q2/2011:

  • Earnings per share were EUR 0.89 (0.46), excluding special items EUR 0.58 (0.44)
  • EBITDA was EUR 751 million, 15.7% of sales (641 million, 15.1% of sales)
  • Profitability improved clearly – sales prices more than offset the rise in variable costs
  • Net debt was EUR 675 million lower than a year ago
Key figures Q2/2011 Q2/2010 Q1-Q2/2011 Q1-Q2/2010 Q1–Q4/2010
Sales, EURm  2,423  2,216 4,779 4,255 8,924
EBITDA, EURm 1)  372 353  751 641  1,343
% of sales   15.4 15.9  15.7  15.1  15.0
Operating profit, EURm 289 203 487 310 755
 excluding special items, EURm 201 199 399 315 731
 % of sales  8.3 9.0 8.3 7.4 8.2
Profit before tax, EURm  316 181 511 263 635
 excluding special items, EURm  160 177 355 268 611
Net profit for the period, EURm 295 169 464 239 561
Earnings per share, EUR  0.56 0.33 0.89 0.46 1.08
 excluding special items, EUR 0.26 0.29 0.58 0.44 0.99
Operating cash flow per share, EUR 0.54 0.20 0.86 0.60 1.89
Shareholders' equity per share at end of period, EUR 13.81 13.33 13.81 13.33 13.64
Gearing ratio at end of period, %  44 55 44 55 46
Net interest-bearing liabilities at end of period, EURm 3,162 3,837 3,162 3,837 3,286

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:

“Our operating profit improved clearly during the first half of the year despite the cost pressures. In the second quarter, we managed to maintain the quarterly operating profit on a steady level and our EBITDA increased from last year. We were able to offset the rise in variable costs through higher sales prices.

Market demand seems to have stabilized and cost development is levelling off. In these conditions the best way to make fundamental improvements in terms of profitability is through determined consolidation and restructuring. The Myllykoski acquisition gives UPM a unique momentum for profitability improvement. Already during the initial integration planning the merits of the transaction have been confirmed.

As the transaction is completed , UPM now has good prerequisites to maintain its position as the frontrunner in the field. The new combination offers us excellent opportunities to improve our cost competitiveness, also to the benefit of our customers. Although the transaction is an important step towards creating value in UPM’s Paper Business, it does not serve as a solution for all of the challenges faced by the industry’s players.

Within a year we have succeeded in reducing our net debt by EUR 675 million. It is testimony of a strong and solid operative cash flow. Our financial flexibility for further strategic manoeuvres is good and we intend to continue implementing strategic steps in our various businesses,” Pesonen concludes.

Outlook for 2011

Earnings guidance for 2011 remains unchanged. UPM operating profit excluding special items for 2011 is expected to improve from last year. In the second half of 2011, operating profit excluding special items is expected to be on about the same level as in the first half of 2011. The earnings guidance includes the acquired Myllykoski operations.

The broad-based solid demand growth in UPM’s products experienced in the previous quarters has levelled off. The demand outlook for UPM’s products is largely stable in the second half of 2011.

Variable cost increases seem to be moderating and only minor cost increases are expected in the second half of the year compared with the first half. UPM has achieved some price increases in the third quarter in publication papers, self-adhesive labelstock and plywood, which are expected to broadly offset the increases in variable costs.

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The complete Interim Report is available on the company website at www.upm.com


UPM will publish the Interim Report for January–September 2011 on 26 October 2011.

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

UPM , Corporate Communications
Media Desk, tel. +358 40 588 3284
media@upm.com

Conference call 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, in English, on 3 August at 13:00 Finnish time (11:00 BST, 06:00 EST). 

Jussi Pesonen will also present the Interim Report in a press conference held in Finnish at UPM Group Head Office in Helsinki, Eteläesplanadi 2, on 3 August, at 14:15 Finnish time (12:15 BST, 07:15 EST).

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Conference call title: UPM-Kymmene Corporation Interim Report January–June 2011
Conference ID: 891580

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UPM-Kymmene Corporation
Pirkko Harrela
Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications

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