(UPM, Helsinki, 31 October 2006) – Key figures Q3/2006 (Q3/2005):- Earnings per share were EUR 0.29 (EUR 0.21), excluding non-recurring items EUR 0.25 (EUR 0.19).- Operating profit was EUR 173 million (EUR 180 million), excluding non-recurring items EUR 209 (EUR 172 million).- Sales were EUR 2,495 million (EUR 2,243 million). - Transfer of production from the closed production lines to UPM's other mills improved capacity utilization.
UPM’s President and CEO Jussi Pesonen comments on the third quarter:
“UPM's business performance improved during the third quarter. All paper divisions reported enhanced operating profit, which is good news. Also the self-adhesive business and wood products, particularly sawmills, performed well. Improved efficiency has enabled us to offset higher costs. ”
“Our profitability programme is progressing as planned. Savings in fixed costs will materialize starting from the fourth quarter. The whole organization is focused on implementing the programme and we will be able to deliver what we promised last spring.”
“The annual growth in demand has been healthy this year. We estimate that full year growth in paper demand in Europe will be slightly under 3 %. The market balance in coated grades (LWC and WFC) is developing in a positive direction since UPM has promptly implemented the closures. ”
“In the fourth quarter good paper demand is estimated to continue. A slight improvement in average paper prices from the third quarter is estimated mainly due to already materialized price increases in fine papers. Good growth in demand for self-adhesive materials and strong markets for both plywood and sawn timber are expected to continue. Costs of raw materials and energy are forecast to continue to rise faster than inflation but an increase in company's overall costs is expected to be moderate,” says UPM’s President and CEO Jussi Pesonen.
For more information please contact:Mr Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0001Mr Jyrki Salo, Executive Vice President and CFO, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0011
News conference and conference call information:A news conference regarding the Interim Report Q3/2006 will be held today, October 31, 2006, at UPM's Head Office at 14:00 Finnish time (12:00 GMT, 07:00 EST). The briefing can be followed live on the Internet at the address www.upm-kymmene.com. A recording of the briefing will be available at this address for the following three months.
To participate in the UPM conference call, please dial +44 (0)1452 542 300 at 17:00 Finnish time (15:00 GMT, 10:00 EST). The conference call title is: UPM Interim Report Q3 2006, access code: 7210247. A recording of the discussion can be heard until November 7, 2006 by calling: +44 (0)1452 550 000, access code 7210247#.
In the United States and Canada, the Conference Call toll free number is +1 866 220 1452. The recording can be heard at the toll free dial in number +1 866 247 4222, access code: 7210247#.
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