UPM’s President and CEO Jussi Pesonen comments on the Financial Review: UPM's 2005 profitability improved, but remained weak

Archive 31.1.2006 0:00 EET

(UPM, Helsinki, January 31, 2006) - Key figures 1-12/2005

· Earnings per share were EUR 0.50 (1-12/2004: 1.76), and excluding non-recurring items EUR 0.54 (0.49).
· Operating profit for the year was EUR 278 (1-12/2004: 627) million, and excluding non-recurring items EUR 527 (422) million.
· Sales were EUR 9,348 (2004: 9,820) million.
· Operating loss for October-December was EUR 71 million (10-12/2004: profit 194 million); excluding non-recurring items there was an operating profit of EUR 186 million (10-12 /2004: 99 million).

UPM’s President and CEO Jussi Pesonen comments on the Financial Review:

"UPM's operating profit improved but remained weak. The labour dispute last summer in Finland only partially explains the weak result. Another reason is overcapacity in printing papers. Last quarter was unprofitable because of the non-recurring items."

"The company's weak financial performance continues for the fourth consecutive year. To achieve a turnaround, UPM must take new kinds of actions. These actions will allow us to use our capacity more profitably than before. We are currently studying a number of options to achieve a lasting improvement in profitability."

"UPM’s 2006 profitability is expected to be better than last year, but the business environment will remain challenging."

"Growth for printing papers is forecast to be better than last year. Growth in demand will be strongest within emerging markets. Average paper prices are forecast to be higher."

"Demand for converted products is also expected to grow in all markets. Labelstock prices have been increased early this year in Europe and North America. In wood products, demand for plywood and sawn timber will remain good, but sawn timber markets will continue to be oversupplied."

"Capital expenditure in 2006 is not forecast to exceed those made in 2005. Raw material and energy prices are forecast to increase faster than inflation. However, thanks to above average self-sufficiency in energy and cost cuttings UPM has implemented and has planned, the increase in the company's overall costs is expected to be moderate", says Mr Pesonen.


For more information please contact:
Mr Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0001
Mr Kari Toikka, Executive Vice President and CFO, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0014


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