Strong earnings for Setra in 2006

Strong earnings for Setra in 2006

Setra, Sweden’s largest wood products company, reports a continued strong profit trend. Operating profit for 2006 amounted to SEK 257 million (-105), an improvement of SEK 362 million compared with the previous year. Profit after financial items was SEK 212 million (-154). Consolidated net sales rose, primarily as an effect of higher prices, to SEK 5,844 million (5,378). Cash flow from operating activities for the full year amounted to SEK 430 million (-39).

The fourth quarter of 2006 was Setra’s strongest-ever quarter in terms of earnings. More than half of the operating profit for the year, SEK 132 million (-44), is attributable to this quarter.
Kent Torwald, President and CEO: “The market was strong which provided scope for a very favourable price development. But the earnings improvement is also a result of extensive work within Setra with a sharpened business focus through efficiency enhancements and efforts related to both costs and revenues.
“It is highly gratifying that this positive profit trend is accompanied by an even better cash flow.” Cash flow from operating activities for the full year amounted to SEK 430 million (-39).
Setra has a clear strategy to increase the value-added of its wood products and will concentrate its resources in this direction. Natural steps in line with this strategy were taken during the fourth quarter with the acquistion of Rolfs Såg & Hyvleri AB and the sale of the board specialist company Ceos Industriprodukter AB. As part of ongoing efficiency enhancements, a decision was made at the start of the year to close the sawmill in Skästra and concentrate special sawing of veneer logs to Horndal.
“Although the market will probably not experience the same exceptional price rises as in 2006, the overall assessment is that market conditions will remain favourable during the current year,” says Torwald.

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Setra is one of Sweden’s largest wood products companies and a leading player in Europe. We process raw material from responsibly managed forests and offer climate-friendly products and solutions for building and living in a global market. The Group has approximately 800 employees and annual sales of SEK 4.2 billion. Exports to Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia account for about 60% of sales.