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International Paper Reports First-Quarter 2014 Earnings

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Press release from the issuing company

Solid Results Despite Headwinds From Unfavorable Weather and High Input Costs

Price Improvement Across Many Businesses

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - International Paper today reported a first quarter 2014 net loss attributable to common shareholders of $95 million ($0.21 per share), including a pre-tax charge of $495 million associated with the Courtland mill shutdown, compared with net earnings of $436 million ($0.98 per share) in the fourth quarter of 2013 and$318 million ($0.71 per share) in the first quarter of 2013. Amounts in all periods include the impact of special items, non-operating pension expense and discontinued operations.

Operating Earnings were $265 million ($0.61 per share) in the first quarter of 2014, compared with $367 million ($0.83 per share) in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $292 million ($0.65 per share) in the first quarter of 2013.

Quarterly net sales were $7.0 billion compared with $7.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $7.1 billion in the first quarter of 2013.

Business segment operating profits before special items in the first quarter of 2014 were $577 million, compared with $666 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $571 million in the first quarter of 2013.

"Despite the severe weather that impacted our North American businesses, International Paper delivered solid results," said John Faraci, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "North America and Western Europe demand is slowly improving, while emerging market growth has slowed. In this uneven environment, we remain intensely focused on IP initiatives that will allow us to expand margins and continue to generate strong free cash flow in 2014."

SEGMENT INFORMATION
The performance of the company's business segments is measured quarter to quarter without variations caused by special items, as management focuses on business segment operating profits excluding those items. First quarter 2014 business segment operating profits and business trends compared with the prior quarter are as follows:

Industrial Packaging posted operating profits of $467 million ($453 million including special items) in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $486 million ($473 million including special items) in the fourth quarter of 2013. In North America, the benefit of higher average selling prices for boxes was offset by the impact of severe weather events and higher energy costs. Scheduled maintenance outage expenses were higher, as planned, than in the prior quarter.

Printing Papers' operating profits were $85 million (a loss of $410 million including special items) compared to $143 million (a loss of $47 million including special items) in the fourth quarter of 2013. The earnings decline in North America was primarily due to costs and lower volume associated with the Courtland mill closure, as well as the impact of severe weather. This was partially offset by improved pricing and a more favorable mix. In addition, earnings inBrazil decreased due to seasonally lower sales volumes.

Consumer Packaging operating profit was $18 million ($17 million including special items), compared with $32 million ($30 million including special items) in the fourth quarter of 2013. The earnings shortfall in North America was driven primarily by severe weather and related operational issues, along with higher than anticipated input costs, mainly wood and energy. However, industry backlogs in North America continue to remain strong and pricing is improving across most product lines.

xpedx the company's North American distribution business, reported operating profits of $7 million ($5 million including special items) compared with $5 million (a loss of $397 millionincluding special items) in the fourth quarter of 2013. Slightly improved margins, lower spending and lower overhead costs more than offset weaker sales.

International Paper recorded Ilim Joint Venture equity loss of $31 million compared with an equity loss of $12 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. With respect to Ilim's US dollar denominated debt, the company recognized a non-cash after-tax foreign exchange loss of$45 million in the first quarter of 2014, compared with an after-tax loss of $6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, largely due to foreign exchange movement in the U.S. dollar versus the Russian ruble. On a 100% basis, the JV's operational EBITDA improved to $115 million in the first quarter of 2014, from $61 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, driven by increased volume, increased pulp pricing and improved production associated with the continued ramp-up of capital projects at Bratsk and Koryazhma.

Net corporate expenses for the 2014 first quarter were $9 million compared with income of$6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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