Interim Report January-March 2013
Global supplies of long-fibre market pulp increased by almost four per cent in 2012. Delivery volumes remained the same during the first quarter of 2013, both compared with the preceding quarter and the same quarter of the previous year. Prices according to PIX were USD 820 per tonne for NBSK compared with USD 830 per tonne last year. The market was consequently stable. However, prices for Swedish exporters like Rottneros have fallen by SEK 325 per tonne since the first quarter of 2012, though they remained relatively stable for the first quarter of this year. The sharp decline in prices has clearly had an impact on the company’s turnover, as volumes have largely remained the same, but has a relatively minor impact on the result. This can be explained by the reduction in our variable costs, as our fixed overheads remain largely unchanged.
The company, including staff, customers and suppliers, have been in a state of uncertainty over the past quarter, owing to the bid process that prevailed as a result of the offer to exchange Rottneros shares for shares in Arctic Paper SA. The bid process has now been concluded; there was no merger. A new board was elected at the AGM. There are no imminent dramatic changes pending concerning deliveries to Arctic Paper or other customers. Nor have there been any changes to products. It is currently BUSINESS AS USUAL.
We are now concentrating on developing Rottneros in the best possible way with the preconditions that we have. Several projects are running in parallel and we hope that we will soon be able to revert with more concrete information. We anticipate that the Swedish currency will continue to be strong, so now everyone needs to adjust to a low-inflation economy and continued endeavours to cut costs. Pulp prices are rising and demand is stable and no net capacity will be added to our markets in the near future.
President and CEO
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Rottneros discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. This information was submitted for publication on 18 April 2013 at 08.00. A Swedish and an English version of this report have been drawn up. The Swedish version shall apply in the event of differences between the two reports.
Rottneros AB (publ)
Corp. ID no. 556013-5872
Box 70 370, SE-107 24 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel. +46 8 590 010 00, fax +46 8-590 010 01
Rottneros, a company that was originally established in the 1600s, is an independent and flexible supplier of customised paper pulp of high quality. Rottneros has been able to adapt in order to meet high customer expectations by continually developing its products and maintaining high levels of delivery reliability, technical support and service.
Rottneros has an annual production capacity of almost 400,000 tonnes of pulp at two mills in Sweden. Increasingly intensive product development in line with the requirements of customers will result in profitability that is higher and more stable throughout the business cycle.