UPM's result continues to be weak, Profitability programme essential - implementation started

Archive 25.4.2006 0:00 EEST

UPM Interim Report January - March 2006:

(UPM, Helsinki, April 24, 2006) – Key figures Q1/2006 (Q1/2005)
- Operating profit was EUR 170 (203) million; excluding non-recurring items EUR 185 (191) million
- Earnings per share was EUR 0.19 (0.39); excluding non-recurring items EUR 0.21 (0.20)
- Sales were EUR 2,460 (2,278) million
- Paper deliveries were 6% up on the same quarter last year

UPM’s President and CEO Jussi Pesonen comments on the first quarter of 2006:

"UPM's result was still weak. High self-sufficiency in resources brought us competitive advantage but the rise in production costs has offset the increase in paper prices. The result, therefore, remained modest. The results of magazine paper and fine paper declined compared to the first quarter last year. The implementation of the three-year profitability programme has started throughout UPM, and this quarter's result confirms our view on the necessity of the programme."

"Negotiations with employees related to the profitability programme have started in various UPM locations. The negotiations have commenced in a serious but constructive atmosphere. After negotiations are completed, we will make decisions based on business criteria considering ideas presented in the negotiations. We are preparing for the forthcoming decisions by reviewing alternatives for supporting retraining and re-employment."

"Paper demand has developed positively except for the United States. In Europe, growth in demand has been very good. Growth is particularly strong in the emerging markets. In spite of good demand, there continues to be significant overcapacity in coated papers. Average prices are somewhat higher than last year. Price development has been positive particularly in newsprint. However, price development in coated magazine and fine papers has been clearly disappointing."

"Second quarter paper deliveries are forecast to increase from the first quarter. The markets for converted products will remain good. In the wood products business, plywood markets continue to be firm whereas the markets for sawn timber, especially whitewood, continue to be oversupplied. The profit for the second quarter is expected to be impacted by planned non- recurring charges related to the programme to restore profitability," says Pesonen.

For more information please contact:
Mr Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0001
Mr Jyrki Salo, Executive Vice President and CFO, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0011


News Conference and Conference Call Information

A news conference regarding the Interim Report Q1/2006 will be held today, April 25, 2006, at UPM's Head Office at 13:30 Finnish time (11:30 GMT, 06:30 EST). The briefing can be followed live on the internet at the address www.upm-kymmene.com. A recording of the briefing can be seen at this address for the following three months.

To participate in the UPM Conference Call, please dial +44 (0) 1452 542 300 at 17:00 (Finnish time) (15:00 GMT, 10:00 EST). A recording of the discussion can be heard until May 2, 2006 by calling: +44 (0) 1452 550 000, access code: 7853588#. The conference call title is UPM-Kymmene Q1 2006 Interim Report - Conference Call.

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