Financial summary for Q1 FY24 ended December 2023:
- EBITDA excluding special items US$156 million (Q1 FY23 US$290 million)
- Net debt US$1,216 million (Q1 FY23 US$1,241 million)
- EPS excluding special items 8 US cents (Q1 FY23 30 US cents)
- Production at Stockstadt and Lanaken Mills in Europe permanently ceased
Sappi delivers solid results in difficult economic climate
Commenting on the group’s results, Sappi Chief Executive Officer Steve Binnie said: “Within the context of ongoing challenging global macroeconomic conditions and weak paper markets I am pleased that the group delivered EBITDA of US$156 million, which was in line with guidance provided in the prior quarter.”
Profitability was negatively impacted by approximately US$45 million due to the lower production volumes associated with the planned maintenance shutdowns at the Saiccor, Ngodwana and Cloquet Mills offset somewhat by a US$26 million positive plantation fair value price adjustment.
A key element of Sappi’s Thrive strategy is to reduce exposure to declining graphic paper markets and to ensure higher capacity utilisation in our graphic assets. The rationalisation of our European graphic papers capacity gained momentum during the quarter with the closure of the Stockstadt Mill and subsequent carouselling of sales volumes to alternate assets. The consultation process for the closure of the Lanaken Mill was also concluded late in the quarter.
Looking forward, Binnie stated: “Taking into account the protracted macroeconomic uncertainty, we anticipate that EBITDA for the second quarter of FY24 will be similar to that of the first quarter.”
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