Metsä Board Corporation’s operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 74 million in 2012

Metsä Board Corporation Financial Statements 1 January–31 December 2012, 7 February 2013 at 12:00 noon

Full year result for 2012

  • Sales were EUR 2,108 million (Q1–Q4/2011: 2,485).
  • The operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 74 million (59). The operating result including non-recurring items was EUR 220 million (-214).
  • The result before taxes excluding non-recurring items was EUR 30 million (0). The result before taxes including non-recurring items was EUR 176 million (-281).
  • Earnings per share excluding non-recurring items were EUR 0.13 (0.02) and including non-recurring items EUR 0.53 (-0.83).

 Result for the fourth quarter of 2012

  • Sales were EUR 509 million (Q3/2012: 532).
  • The operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 25 million (25). The operating result including non-recurring items was EUR 41 million (22).
  • The result before taxes excluding non-recurring items was EUR 12 million (10). The result before taxes including non-recurring items was EUR 27 million (8).
  • Earnings per share excluding non-recurring items were EUR 0.08 (0.02) and including non-recurring items EUR 0.13 (0.02).

Events in the fourth quarter of 2012

  • Delivery volumes decreased from the previous quarter mainly due to seasonal reasons.
  • Average price of linerboard increased. Pulp price took an upward turn. The average prices of folding boxboard and papers declined slightly.
  • The new biopower plant owned by Pohjolan Voima and Leppäkosken Sähkö was commissioned at Metsä Board Kyro mill.

Events after the period

  • The Alizay mill site in France, including machines, equipment and buildings, was sold to Conseil General de l’Eure for EUR 22 million.

“The operating result excluding non-recurring items in the last quarter of 2012 was at the third quarter level, as expected. Folding boxboard delivery volumes were at a normal level, although slightly lower than in the previous quarter due to seasonal effects. Demand for linerboard continued to be strong, and the price increase had a positive impact on the result in the last quarter of the year. The price of pulp also increased, and demand was good in the last quarter. Instead, demand for and price level of papers decreased in Europe, which weakened the profitability of our paper production.

The year 2012 was a significant milestone for our company. We successfully completed our strategic review, launched in 2006, which has resulted in the transformation of the company from a paper producer to the leading paperboard company. The measures to eliminate the last heavy losses of our paper operations were successfully completed. In the fall of 2012, we completed our EUR 120 million investment programme, related to which we increased our annual folding boxboard capacity by approximately 150,000 tonnes, modernized  the Kemi linerboard mill, and increased the use of bioenergy in our production.

Our main targets for the year 2013 are the full utilisation of our expanded folding boxboard capacity, development and expansion of our current paperboard product portfolio and improvement of the profitability and cash flow of the paper and market pulp units”.

Mikko Helander, CEO

 

KEY FIGURES 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2012 2011  
  Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q1-Q4 Q1-Q4  
Sales, EUR million 509 532 522 545 524 2,108 2,485  
EBITDA, EUR million 55 51 189 25 -172 320 -23  
  excl. non-recurring items, EUR million 50 54 47 34 8 185 180  
EBITDA, % 10.8 9.6 36.2 4.6 -32.8 15.2 -0.9  
  excl. non-recurring items, % 9.8 10.2 9.0 6.2 1.5 8.8 7.2  
Operating result, EUR million 41 22 161 -4 -215 220 -214  
  excl. non-recurring items, EUR million 25 25 19 5 -22 74 59  
EBIT, % 8.1 4.1 30.8 -0.7 -41.0 10.4 -8.6  
  excl. non-recurring items, % 4.9 4.7 3.6 0.9 -4.2 3.5 2.4  
Result before taxes, EUR million 27 8 159 -18 -230 176 -281  
  excl. non-recurring items, EUR million 12 10 17 -9 -33 30 0  
Result for the period, EUR million 40 8 140 -15 -209 173 -273  
  excl. non-recurring items, EUR million 26 10 14 -6 -12 44 8  
Result per share, EUR 0.13 0.02 0.43 -0.05 -0.63 0.53 -0.83  
  excl. non-recurring items, EUR 0.08 0.02 0.05 -0.02 -0.04 0.13 0.02  
Return on equity, % 18.8 3.9 72.9 -8.4 -100.4 21.6 -31.5  
  excl. non-recurring items, % 12.2 4.8 7.3 -3.1 -5.4 5.5 0.9  
Return on capital employed, % 8.9 5.2 35.9 -0.4 -43.3 12.3 -9.9  
  excl. non-recurring items, % 5.7 5.7 5.8 1.7 -3.7 4.7 3.4  
Equity ratio at end of period, % 33.6 31.1 31.0 27.8 27.4 33.6 27.4  
Gearing ratio at end of period, % 128 138 138 154 154 128 154  
Net gearing ratio at end of period, % 72 70 73 104 106 72 106  
Shareholders' equity per share at end of period, EUR 2.62 2.51 2.46 2.21 2.23 2.62 2.23  
Interest-bearing net liabilities, EUR million 625 580 595 758 783 625 783  
Gross investments, EUR million 28 11 17 10 35 66 95  
Deliveries, 1 000 tonnes                
  Paperboard 298 306 289 295 289 1,188 1,388  
  Paper 162 169 165 185 190 681 908  
                 
Personnel at the end of period 3,279 3,337 3,597 3,818 4,070 3,279 4,070  
                 
Deliveries are not comparable due to restructuring.                
EBITDA = Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and impairment charges

Near-term outlook

Folding boxboard delivery volumes in the last quarter of 2012 were at a normal level, although seasonally slightly lower than in the previous quarter. Folding boxboard order volumes are expected to gradually improve at the beginning of the year and delivery volumes to increase slightly in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the previous quarter. As a result of the completed annual folding boxboard contract negotiations the volumes are increasing in 2013 compared to 2012 and no material price changes are expected.

Demand for linerboard is expected to continue to be very strong, and delivery volumes are expected to increase slightly in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the previous quarter. No significant changes are expected in the price of linerboard in the coming months.

Delivery volumes of uncoated fine paper are expected to increase slightly in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the previous quarter, and delivery volumes of pulp are expected to be at the previous quarter level. No considerable changes are on the horizon in the price of uncoated fine paper. The currency-denominated price increase of long-fibre pulp is expected to continue at the beginning of the year.

The market situation of coated paper has weakened further since the year end, and delivery volumes and prices are expected to decrease slightly in the first quarter of 2013.

Production costs are expected to increase slightly in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the previous quarter, primarily due to increased energy costs.

Metsä Board’s operating result for the first quarter of 2013, excluding non-recurring items, is expected to improve slightly from the fourth quarter of 2012.

Disclosure procedure

Metsä Board Corporation follows the disclosure procedure enabled by Standard 5.2b published by the Finnish Financial Supervision Authority and hereby publishes its Financial Statements 2012 enclosed to this stock exchange release. Metsä Board's complete Financial Statements is attached to this release in pdf-format and is also available on the company's web site at www.metsaboard.com.

 

METSÄ BOARD CORPORATION

 

Further information:

Matti Mörsky, CFO, tel. +358 10 465 4913
Juha Laine, Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications, tel. +358 10 465 4335

 

More information will be available starting from 1 p.m. on 7 February 2013. A conference call held in English for investors and analysts starts at 3 p.m. (EET). Conference call participants are requested to dial in and register a few minutes prior to the start of the conference call on the following numbers:

Europe: +44 (0)20 7162 0025
US: +1 334 323 6201

The conference ID is 927294.

 

Metsä Board is Europe’s leading manufacturer of folding boxboard, the world’s leading manufacturer of coated white-top kraftliners and a significant supplier of paper, which offers customers high-quality cartonboard and papers for consumer and retail packaging as well as graphics industry and office end uses. The company’s sales network serves brand owners, carton printers, manufacturers of corrugated boards, printing houses, merchants and office suppliers. Metsä Board is part of Metsä Group and its shares are listed in NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. In 2012, the company’s sales totalled approximately EUR 2.1 billion. The company has approximately 3,300 employees.

 

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Metsä Boardwww.metsaboard.com Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. Our lightweight paperboards are developed to provide better, safer and more sustainable solutions for consumer goods as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests. The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2017, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.8 billion, and it has approximately 2,350 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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