Domtar Corporation Reports Preliminary First Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Press release from the issuing company
Earnings affected by higher planned maintenance and related costs
(All financial information is in U.S. dollars, and all earnings per share results are diluted, unless otherwise noted).
FORT MILL, S.C. - Domtar Corporation today reported net earnings of $4 million ($0.06 per share) for the first quarter of 2016 compared to net earnings of $57 million ($0.91 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2015 and net earnings of $36 million ($0.56 per share) for the first quarter of 2015. Sales for the first quarter of 2016 were $1.3 billion.
Excluding items listed below, the Company had earnings before items1 of $22 million ($0.35 per share) for the first quarter of 2016 compared to earnings before items1 of $70 million ($1.11 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2015 and earnings before items1 of $48 million ($0.75 per share) for the first quarter of 2015.
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“Although our teams were very agile and executed well on things under our control, our results in pulp and paper were negatively impacted by unexpected costs during the extended maintenance outages,” said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Given the timing of maintenance activity and costs related to the fluff pulp conversion, our first half results are expected to remain subdued before significantly improving in the second half as the benefits from the Ashdown conversion, lower maintenance and higher prices accrue.”
Mr. Williams added, “We delivered strong year over year EBITDA growth in Personal Care with procurement initiatives and manufacturing cost savings driving the majority of the increase. During the quarter, we began delivering on our new sales growth wins including the successful launch of a partner brand and the ramping up of volume for a major account. We are on track to realize the top-line benefits of the new customer wins through 2016.”
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