International Paper earnings, xpedx record sales
Friday, February 08, 2008
Press release from the issuing company
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 7 - International Paper preliminary full-year 2007 net earnings total $1.2 billion ($2.70 per share) compared with $1.1 billion ($2.18 per share) in 2006. The company reports fourth-quarter 2007 net earnings of $327 million ($0.78 per share) compared with $217 million ($0.51 per share) in the prior quarter and $2 billion ($4.38 per share) in the fourth quarter of 2006. Amounts in all periods include special items; most notably, 2006 fourth-quarter net earnings include an after-tax gain of $2.7 billion ($6.07 per share) from the sale of U.S. forestlands.
Quarterly net sales rose to $5.8 billion from $5.5 billion in the third quarter and $5.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2006. Annual sales remain about even with the prior year, at $21.9 billion in 2007 versus $22 billion in 2006.
Operating profits in the fourth quarter reached $711 million, up from $610 million in the prior quarter and $425 million in the fourth quarter of 2006. Full-year 2007 operating profits of $2.4 billion also rose, up from $2.1 billion in 2006.
"We increased profits before special items by 52 percent in 2007, which is strong evidence that the transformation we began in 2005 is continuing to pay off," said International Paper Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Faraci. "We've steadily expanded our margins through internal cost controls and by focusing on the right customers and product segments within our key businesses. Our global investments are adding to revenue and profit growth and helping to offset some demand decline in North America."
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Tim Nicholls added, "Solid fourth-quarter results tell the same story. Margins and volumes continue to improve, contributing to strong business earnings in paper, packaging and xpedx. Improved price realizations in the quarter helped offset the impact of continuing increases in raw material and distribution costs, but we expect continued input cost pressures in the first quarter of 2008. Uncertainty within the North American economy will also play a role in the first quarter, but we will continue to balance our supply with our customers' demand. Global demand for paper and packaging continues to look solid."
Fourth-quarter 2007 segment operating profits and business trends compared with the previous quarter are as follows:
Operating profits for Printing Papers reached
Industrial Packaging operating profits rose to
Consumer Packaging operating profits total
The company's distribution business, xpedx, reported operating profits of
Forest Products operating profits total
Net corporate expense totals
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