Domtar Corporation Reports Preliminary First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

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(All financial information is in U.S. dollars, and all earnings per share results are diluted, unless otherwise noted).

  • First quarter 2021 net loss from continuing operations of $0.13 per share; earnings from continuing operations before items1 of $0.09 per share
  • $29 million financial impact from weather-related outage at Ashdown, AR market pulp mill
  • Repurchases of 5.1 million shares

FORT MILL, S.C.– May 6, 2021 – Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today reported a net loss of $29 million ($0.54 per share) for the first quarter of 2021 compared to a net loss of $59 million ($1.07 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2020 and net earnings of $5 million ($0.09 per share) for the first quarter of 2020. Sales for the first quarter of 2021 were $944 million.

The first quarter 2021 results include an after-tax loss of $22 million ($0.41 per share) from discontinued operations related to the sale of the Personal Care Business, compared to an after-tax loss of $43 million ($0.78 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2020 and an after-tax earnings of $20 million ($0.36 per share) for the first quarter of 2020.

Excluding discontinued operations and the items listed below, the Company had earnings from continuing operations before items1 of $5 million ($0.09 per share) for the first quarter of 2021 compared to earnings from continuing operations before items1 of $19 million ($0.34 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2020 and a loss from continuing operations before items1 of $15 million ($0.27 per share) for the first quarter of 2020.

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QUARTERLY REVIEW

“While COVID-19 continued to remain the dominant challenge in the first quarter, severe winter weather affected our production and our supply chains across North America, notably at our Ashdown, AR market pulp mill. Nevertheless, we got off to a reasonably good start to the year and we expect strong second half results driven by price momentum and strong volume in paper and pulp,” said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Kingsport conversion is progressing well. The project is on schedule, and the crews on site are currently completing demolition and preparing the site for the new buildings and warehouse. We are also making good progress with our commercial strategy and the customer response continues to be extremely positive.”

Mr. Williams added, “During the quarter, we successfully closed the sale of the Personal Care business. The sale is part of our ongoing effort to strategically optimize our portfolio and it allowed us to strengthen our balance sheet, enhance liquidity and repurchase shares.”

Operating income was $2 million in the first quarter of 2021 compared to an operating loss of $20 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Depreciation and amortization totaled $54 million in the first quarter of 2021.

Operating income before items1 was $19 million in the first quarter of 2021 compared to operating income before items1 of $35 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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Source: Domtar

 

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