Holmen Interim Report January–March 2019

Quarter  Full year
SEKm  1-19  4-18  1-18  2018
Net sales  4 260  3 948  4 099  16 055
Operating profit excl. item affecting comparability  643  613  653  2 476
Operating profit   643  519  653  2 382
Profit after tax  503  543  507  2 268
Earnings per share, SEK  3.0  3.2  3.0  13.5
Operating margin, %*  15.1  15.5  15.9  15.4
Return on capital employed, %*  9.7  9.4  10.5  9.7
Return on equity, %  8.5  9.4  9.1  10.1
Cash flow before investments and working capital  655          671  586  2 500
Debt/equity ratio  0.12  0.12  0.11  0.12

*Excluding an item affecting comparability of SEK -94 million in the fourth quarter of 2018

  • Operating profit for January–March was SEK 643 million (January–March 2018: SEK 653 million). Higher paper prices had a positive effect on earnings, but wood costs increased. Earnings for the same period last year included SEK +70 million from sale of a forest property.
  • Compared with the fourth quarter of 2018, operating profit excluding item affecting comparability increased by SEK 30 million.
  • Profit after tax for January–March amounted to SEK 503 million (507), which corresponds to earnings per share of SEK 3.0 (3.0).
  • Return on capital employed was 9.7 per cent (10.5).

For further information please contact:
Henrik Sjölund, President and CEO, tel. +46 8 666 21 05 
Anders Jernhall, Executive Vice President and CFO, tel. +46 8 666 21 22 
Stina Sandell, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Communications, tel. +46 73 986 51 12

This information is information that Holmen AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, on Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 11.30.  

Holmen’s business concept is to own and add value to the forest. The forest holdings form the basis of the business – an ecocycle in which the raw material grows and is refined into everything from wood for climate-smart building to renewable packaging, magazines and books. The forest is managed to provide a good annual return and stable value growth while our production operations are run with a focus on profitability and greater value added. In 2018 Holmen’s net sales were just over SEK 16 billion and the group has approx. 3 000 employees. Holmen’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Large Cap. For more information, visit holmen.com.

About Us

Holmen’s operations are powered by the forest. The growing trees, the water rushing down the mighty rivers and the wind blowing through the treetops. This is the heart of Holmen, a business built around the forest ecocycle and the renewable products we can create from it. Our business areas are Forest, Renewable Energy, Wood Products, Paperboard and Paper. With a workforce of 3 300 people, we create a sustainable future and value for shareholders, customers and society with courage, commitment and responsibility. We generate sales of around SEK 16 billion and our shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Large Cap. Please visit holmen.com for more information.