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International Paper Reports First Quarter 2017 Earnings

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Press release from the issuing company

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- International Paper (NYSE: IP) today reported first quarter 2017 net earnings attributable to International Paperof $209 million ($0.50 per share) compared with net earnings of $218 million ($0.53 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2016 and net earnings of $334 million($0.81 per share) in the first quarter of 2016. Net earnings in all periods include the impact of special items, if any, non-operating pension expense and discontinued operations.

Diluted Net EPS Attributable to International Paper Shareholders and Adjusted Operating EPS

   

First Quarter 2017

 

Fourth Quarter 2016

 

First Quarter 2016

Net Earnings

 

$

0.50

   

$

0.53

   

$

0.81

 

Add Back – Discontinued Operations (Gain) Loss

 

   

   

0.01

 

Net Earnings (Loss) from Continuing Operations

 

0.50

   

0.53

   

0.82

 

Add Back – Non-Operating Pension Expense

 

0.05

   

0.05

   

0.07

 

Add Back – Net Special Items Expense (Income)

 

0.05

   

0.15

   

(0.09)

 

Adjusted Operating Earnings*

 

$

0.60

   

$

0.73

   

$

0.80

 

 

*    Adjusted operating earnings (non-GAAP) is defined as net earnings from continuing operations attributable to International Paper Company (GAAP) excluding special items and non-operating pension expense.  Management uses this measure to focus on on-going operations, and believes that it is useful to investors because it enables them to perform meaningful comparisons of past and present operating results.

Adjusted operating earnings in the first quarter of 2017 were $249 million ($0.60 per share) compared with $303 million ($0.73 per share) in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $330 million ($0.80 per share) in the first quarter of 2016.

Quarterly net sales were $5.5 billion in the first quarter of 2017 compared with $5.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016 and  $5.1 billion in the first quarter of 2016. The year-over-year revenue increase was primarily due to the pulp business that was acquired in late 2016. 

Business segment operating profits in the first quarter of 2017 were $428 million, compared with $464 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $497 million in the first quarter of 2016.

Cash provided by operations was $633 million in the first quarter of 2017 and $620 million in the first quarter of 2016.  Free cash flow (non-GAAP) was $259 million for the first quarter of 2017 and $311 million in the first quarter of 2016.   

"International Paper delivered a solid first quarter in the face of several challenges, including the digester incident at our Pensacola mill and higher input costs driven by a significant rise in OCC prices," said Mark Sutton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "Given the market fundamentals across most of our businesses in combination with several IP commercial and operational initiatives, we expect improved results pointing to a particularly strong second half as well as positive momentum entering 2018.  I remain very confident in IP's ability to generate significant year-over-year earnings growth and continued strong cash flow in 2017."

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