Domtar Corporation Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results

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FORT MILL, S.C. - Feb. 7, 2020 - Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) today reported a net loss of $34 million ($0.59 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to net earnings of $20 million ($0.32 per share) for the third quarter of 2019 and net earnings of $87 million ($1.38 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2018. Sales for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $1.2 billion.

Excluding items listed below, the Company had earnings before items1 of $2 million ($0.03 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to earnings before items1 of $55 million ($0.89 per share) for the third quarter of 2019 and earnings before items1 of $103 million ($1.63 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2018.

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FISCAL YEAR 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

For fiscal year 2019, net earnings amounted to $84 million ($1.37 per share) compared to net earnings of $283 million ($4.48 per share) for fiscal year 2018. The Company had earnings before items1 of $184 million ($3.00 per share) for fiscal year 2019 compared to earnings before items1 of $291 million ($4.61 per share) for fiscal year 2018. Sales amounted to $5.2 billion for fiscal year 2019.

Commenting on the full-year results, John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer said, “Our teams were agile in adjusting to market changes and executed well on things under our control in a challenging market environment. We had strong cash flow generation and our solid financial position allowed us to continue to reward shareholders with a high free cash flow payout ratio, while strategically investing in our assets.”

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Source: Domtar

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