Metsä Group’s comparable operating result in 2016 was EUR 439 million

Sales were EUR 4,658 million (EUR 5,016 million). Operating result was EUR 442 million (542). Comparable operating result was EUR 439 million (537). Result before taxes was EUR 361 million (468). Comparable result before taxes was EUR 357 million (466).

Metsä Group 2016 Financial Statements Bulletin 2 February 2017 at 12 noon EET

January–December 2016 (1–12/2015)

  • Sales were EUR 4,658 million (EUR 5,016 million).
     
  • Operating result was EUR 442 million (542). Comparable operating result was EUR 439 million (537).
     
  • Result before taxes was EUR 361 million (468). Comparable result before taxes was EUR 357 million (466).
     
  • Comparable return on capital employed was 10.2 per cent (13.6). Comparable return on capital employed excluding assets under construction related to strategic investment projects was 11.6 per cent (14.3).
     
  • Cash flow from operations was EUR 504 million (964).
     

October–December 2016 (10–12/2015)

  • Sales were EUR 1,175 million (EUR 1,205 million).
     
  • Operating result was EUR 110 million (128). Comparable operating result was EUR 107 million (123).
     
  • Result before taxes was EUR 85 million (113). Comparable result before taxes was EUR 82 million (108).
     
  • Comparable return on capital employed was 9.8 per cent (12.3). Comparable return on capital employed excluding assets under construction related to strategic investment projects was 11.6 per cent (13.2).
     
  • Cash flow from operations was EUR 206 million (338).
     

Events during the fourth quarter of 2016

  • At the end of the year, the bioproduct mill project at Äänekoski was 84 per cent complete.
  • The average price for orders of the new folding boxboard at Husum, Sweden, increased and deliveries remained roughly on par with the previous quarter.
  • Metsä Wood divested its glulam business located in Hartola.
  • Metsä Group’s Finnish sawmills were transferred from Metsä Wood to Metsä Fibre in an internal transaction.  

Proposal for interest on members' capital 

Metsäliitto Cooperative’s Board of Directors has decided to propose that interest of 6.0 per cent (6.0 per cent in 2015) be distributed on the participation shares of the members for 2016. Interest of 5.5 per cent (5.5) is proposed for additional shares A, and interest of 2.5 per cent (3.0) for additional shares B.

Result guidance for January–March 2017

Metsä Group’s comparable operating result is in the first quarter of 2017 expected to be roughly at a similar level as in the last quarter of 2016.

President and CEO Kari Jordan:

“Metsä Group’s business operations developed according to expectations in 2016. Our profit-making ability continued to be good, and the balance sheet strong. Our profitability in comparison to the previous year was affected by the lower market price of pulp and the start-up phase of the new folding boxboard machine at Husum.

Our production capacity is growing. Metsä Group's investments in 2015–2017 amount to approximately two billion euros of which about 85 per cent is directed to Finland. The construction of the bioproduct mill at Äänekoski is progressing on schedule and according to budget. At the moment, the focus of the work is shifting from equipment installations to the testing and commissioning phase. The folding boxboard machine at Husum, which started up in early 2016, is operating at a good speed, and the construction work on the extrusion coating line is progressing according to target. The expansion of Kerto® LVL mill in Lohja is also progressing according to plan as part of the Wood Products Industry’s investment programme.

Our starting point for 2017 is stable. We will continue our long-term work for profitable growth as well as efficiency and productivity improvement in all of our business areas. Metsä Group's year will culminate in the start-up of the bioproduct mill in the third quarter.”

Key figures

  2016 2015 2016 2015
Condensed income statement, EUR million 1–12 1–12 10–12 10–12
Sales 4 657.9 5 016.0 1 175.2 1 205.4
  Other operating income 70.5 95.7 18.2 16.9
  Operating expenses -4 041.8 -4 311.4 -1 030.2 -1 033.8
  Depreciation and impairment losses -244.3 -258.2 -53.5 -60.3
Operating result 442.3 542.1 109.7 128.2
  Share of results from associated companies and
 joint ventures
 
-1.1
 
11.2
 
0.3
 
2.7
  Exchange gains and losses -5.7 -1.2 -6.5 2.6
  Other net financial items -74.9 -83.8 -18.4 -20.1
Result before income tax 360.6 468.4 85.1 113.4
  Income tax -80.7 -112.6 -16.9 -21.4
Result for the period 279.9 355.7 68.2 92.2


  2016 2015 2016 2015
Profitability 1–12 1–12 10–12 10–12
Operating result, EUR million 442.3 542.1 109.7 128.2
  Comparable operating result 438.6 537.4 106.5 122.7
  % of sales 9.4 10.7 9.1 10.2
Return on capital employed, % 10.2 13.7 10.1 12.9
  Comparable return on capital employed 10.2 13.6 9.8 12.3
Return on equity, % 11.2 15.9 10.7 15.5
  Comparable return on equity 11.0 15.8 10.2 14.6


  2016 2015 2016 2015
Financial position 31.12. 31.12. 30.9. 30.9.
Equity ratio, % 43.9 43.2 44.0 42.7
Net gearing ratio, % 40 25 40 29
Interest-bearing net liabilities, EUR million 1 033 610 991 682

SEGMENTS

Sales and Operating result
1–12/2016, EUR million
Wood Supply and Forest
Services
Wood Products Industry Pulp and
Sawn Timber
 Industry
Paperboard  Industry Tissue and Cooking
Papers
Sales 1 534.4 481.6 1 636.0 1 720.3 990.8
  Other operating income 7.3 12.2 25.8 40.2 3.5
  Operating expenses -1 507.4 -440.2 -1 368.7 -1 525.9 -893.3
  Depreciation and impairment losses -3.4 -13.6 -72.3 -102.3 -39.7
Operating result 30.9 40.0 220.8 132.3 61.3
  Items affecting comparability - -1.3 -6.2 5.2 1.7
Comparable operating result 30.9 38.7 214.6 137.5 63.1
  % of sales 2.0 8.0 13.1 8.0 6.4

Near-term outlook

Wood demand will be focused on regeneration and thinning sites to be harvested when the ground is unfrozen and, in terms of energy wood, crown wood.

Market demand for wood products is picking up, improving the order book for all sheet products in comparison to the previous year. Construction in the UK market is expected to remain at a good level.

Uncertainty and changes in the currency market will impact Metsä Fibre's operating environment. The global demand for pulp has continued to increase slightly, and there are no signs of considerable negative changes in the market conditions.

In sawn timber, demand in Asia will support the market balance of spruce sawn timber, but the oversupply in pine sawn timber will continue, particularly due to the market situation in North Africa.

Demand for premium fresh fibre paperboards is expected to remain good in both Europe and the Americas. The market prices of folding boxboard and white fresh fibre linerboard are expected to remain stable.

Metsä Board's paperboard deliveries in January–March 2017 are expected to grow from the previous quarter. The growth is supported by Husum's new folding box-board production, marketed primarily to the Americas.

In the tissue and cooking paper markets, demand is expected to remain stable in all market areas. Demand for tissue paper is expected to increase particularly in eastern Central Europe, and demand for cooking papers is expected to grow in Asia.

METSÄ GROUP

For further information, please contact:
Vesa-Pekka Takala, CFO, Metsä Group, tel. +358 10 465 4260
Juha Laine, SVP, Communications, Metsä Group, tel. +358 10 465 4541

Metsä Group will publish its financial reports in 2017 as follows:

4 May 2017: Interim report January–March 2017 
3 August 2017: Half year financial report January–June 2017 
1 November 2017: Interim report January–September 2017

Metsä Group’s Financial Statements 2016 including the Board of Director’s report will be published as a pdf-file on Metsä Group's website at http://www.metsagroup.com/ in week 9. The Financial Statements include the financial statements, the report of the board of directors, the salary and remuneration report and the corporate governance statement.

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Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and cooking papers.

Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion in 2016, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

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Metsä Tissuewww.metsatissue.com Metsä Tissue creates a cleaner every day. We are a leading tissue paper supplier to households and professionals in Europe and the world’s leading supplier of greaseproof papers. Our brands are Lambi, Serla, Mola, Tento, Katrin and SAGA. With production units in five countries, we employ around 2,700 people. In 2019, our sales were EUR 1 billion. Metsä Tissue is part of Metsä Group, a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy.