CEO Per Lindberg comments on the development during Q2 2014:
“We deliver a strong and stable result for the second quarter. Our adjusted
operating profit reached SEK 467 million and our operating margin was 9%.
Overall, I am pleased with our financial performance. The market place has been
quite good with solid demand and stable prices within all business areas.
Business area Packaging Paper has managed to keep the prices stable during the
quarter in spite of increased capacity on the market, and has increased prices
on new orders within the sack segments thanks to a seasonally strong demand.
Within business area Consumer Board we have launched the next generation of
Cartonboard products on the market, which has been very well received by
customers. Business area Containerboard has delivered a stable result for the
second quarter but is beginning to feel a real pressure from the increased
capacity on the market.
We continue with our ambition “Challenging conventional packaging for a
sustainable future” with the aim of increasing the level of innovation and
leadership. During the quarter we have received confirmation in several areas
that we are right on target with our mission. Several countries are putting
regulations in place for reducing the use of plastics in packaging. We offer
sustainable alternatives to several plastic applications, and sustainability is
our top priority. We have received recognition from both EcoVadis and "oekom
research", meaning that the company is acknowledged for its sustainability work.
During the quarter, we have also made a decision to further improve the
environmental profile of the company through a major investment in Gävle.
Following our ambition to increase innovation and product leadership, we have
during the quarter decided to invest in next generation fluting at Gruvön,
enhancing both product performance as well as machine capacity. On the more
innovative side, BillerudKorsnäs and Berghs School of Communication are giving
Spotify a physical form. It is this year’s edition of a packaging design contest
for students at Berghs and this is the first time an online brand will be
During the first half of 2014 we have delivered an operating margin of 10%, and
a growth in sales volumes over last year with 4%, in line with our profitable
growth targets and our long term strategy. The integration work has progressed
as planned and as already communicated, the realisation of synergies is
happening faster than first planned. All employees have done a fantastic work
all across the company, in numerous different projects that constitutes the
integration program. However, the pace of integration in combination with
synergy-related incentives will increase the non-recurring costs for realising
the synergies with approximately SEK 25 million for the year. It is my belief
that this is money well spent.’’
For further information, please contact:
Per Lindberg, President and CEO +46 (0)8 553 335 00
Susanne Lithander, CFO, +46 (0)8 553 335 00
The information is such that BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ) is obligated to publish
under the Swedish Securities Market Act. Submitted for publication at 10.02 CET,
21 July 2014.
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