UPM-Kymmene Corporation Stock exchange release 13 November 2014 at 09:30 EET
UPM is introducing a new profit improvement target with an annualised impact of EUR 150 million by the end of 2015. The target includes savings in variable and fixed costs in all UPM businesses as well as planned capacity closures in the European paper business, which continues to suffer from overcapacity.
“During the past 12 months we have been able to improve our financial performance through streamlining but also through better focus and significant decrease in variable costs. Our new business structure has shown that it is capable of delivering results and we have been able to identify further profit improvement potential in our businesses. This potential we aim to capture in 2015, ” says Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO of UPM.
“The European paper business is a case for itself. We have achieved a turnaround in profitability during 2014. Nevertheless, the current operating rates are unacceptably low and the current economic environment is not promising tailwind for 2015. We plan to adapt our production to meet the profitable customer demand. We also ensure savings without endangering customer deliveries in the structurally declining market”, says Pesonen.
Planned permanent closures in UPM Paper ENA
UPM is planning to permanently reduce its publication paper capacity in Europe by further 800,000 tonnes approximately. The capacity reductions are planned to take place in France, Finland and in the UK.
UPM plans a permanent closure of:
In addition, the company plans to centralise UPM Paper ENA supply chain planning and order fulfillment activities to Augsburg and Dörpen in Germany.
If all the plans to close capacity would be implemented, UPM’s personnel at the mills would be reduced by approximately 550 persons by the end of 2015. The employee information and consultation processes will start during November in line with the local legislation.
The UPM Chapelle newsprint production line 3 and UPM Shotton newsprint production line 1 have an annual newsprint capacity of 345,000 tonnes. The Jämsänkoski SC production line 5 and UPM Kaukas coated mechanical production line 2 have an annual capacity of 460,000 tonnes of magazine papers, of which 235,000 tonnes of SC paper and 225,000 tonnes of coated mechanical paper: All machines are planned to be permanently closed by the end of Q1 2015.
All four mills will continue paper production on the remaining paper machines on the mill sites.
“We regret the impact of planned closures on our employees who, even under considerable pressure, have been loyal and committed. However, we have to adapt our operations to the changing market environment – this is the only way for a sustainable future. With the planned actions we will ensure the efficient use of our remaining capacity in Europe,” says Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA.
The full profit improvement programme includes variable and fixed cost savings in all UPM businesses and functions. As part of the programme UPM will start a review of the production, maintenance and other site operating practices across all of UPM businesses and operating countries. Furthermore, UPM’s programme for variable cost savings will continue.
The total annualised cost reduction impact of EUR 150 million is expected by the end of 2015, compared with the Q3 2014. The fixed cost reduction of the planned capacity closures is expected to be EUR 55 million. UPM will book write-offs of approximately EUR 100 million and restructuring charges of approximately EUR 80 million in Q4/2014.
UPM will follow and update the progress against the profit improvement target in its quarterly reporting.
For further information please contact:
Tapio Korpeinen, CFO (best available from 9:30 until 10:30 o’clock CET, tel. +358 204 15 0004)
Antti Hermonen , Operations Director, UPM Kaukas paper mill, UPM Paper ENA, (best available from 11:00-11:30 CET, tel. +358 4002 80839)
Markku Taavitsainen , General Manager, UPM Jämsä River Mills, UPM Paper ENA, (best available from 11:00-11:30 CET, tel. +358 40 5039 924, +358 2041 50058)
Jean Kubiak , General Manager, UPM Chapelle Darblay, UPM Paper ENA, (best available from 10:30-11:30 and 14:30-15:30 CET) Tel. +33 2 35184022
David Ingham , General Manager, UPM Shotton, UPM Paper ENA, (best available from 10:30-11:30 and 14:00-15:00 CET Tel. +44 1244 2844 07
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