Lower second quarter for Billerud expected

Billerud has recorded a lower second quarter result than expected, while accelerating delivery of its efficiency program and a new financial reporting structure.

Billerud expects the EBITDA for the 2023 second quarter to be SEK 100-200m. The lower result is mainly due to significantly lower sales volume and revaluation of finished goods inventory. Billerud also confirmed a raised ambition for its efficiency program and a changed financial reporting structure. Market conditions remain weak with low demand and slower than expected customer destocking. There are mainly two reasons behind the lower result for the second quarter:

  • Significantly lower sales volumes due to lower demand resulting in even further production curtailments. The volume drop is mainly attributed to North America and the result effect is estimated to SEK -280m. This volume loss is in addition to the idling of the Escanaba mill, which successfully resumed operations as planned on 8 May.
  • Revaluation of finished goods inventory compared to at the end of the first quarter. This cost impact compared to the first quarter is not affecting the cash flow and is estimated to SEK -310m.

To improve the profitability, Billerud is accelerating the delivery of the efficiency enhancement program that was launched in January, with an increased ambition for its EBITDA uplift during 2023 from SEK 400m to SEK 600m. The effects from the program will mostly come during the second half of the year.

Effects of the efficiency enhancement program are achieved across Billerud’s supply chain, production and commercial operations. Some initiatives pushed forward at a faster pace are a higher share of field wood purchases, further acceleration of efficiency gains from board mill optimisation, as well as actions to improve the customer and product mix.

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