Inside information: UPM substantiates its positive outlook following the record strong Q3 2022 results

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Inside information: UPM substantiates its positive outlook following the record strong Q3 2022 results

UPM-Kymmene Corporation        Stock Exchange Release (Inside information)        13 October 2022 at 20:00 EEST

Inside information: UPM substantiates its positive outlook following the record strong Q3 2022 results

UPM substantiates its positive outlook for 2022 following the record strong Q3 2022 results. UPM’s Q3 2022 sales grew by 36% to EUR 3,420 million (2,523 million), and comparable EBIT grew by 84% to EUR 779 million (424 million). UPM’s financial performance is expected to continue above last year’s level and comparable EBIT is expected to increase in 2022 from 2021.

Exceptionally high uncertainty continues in the business environment, as highlighted in UPM’s previous outlook. However, during Q3 2022 no major downside risks materialised and UPM reached record quarterly earnings.

In Q3 2022 good demand continued in most of UPM businesses, and sales prices offset the impact of continued increase in variable costs. Production and delivery volumes were back to normal and operational efficiency was on a good level.

The quarter was successful in all businesses. UPM Energy, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Raflatac, UPM Communication Papers and UPM Biofuels all made new record quarterly results. In addition, UPM Fibres and UPM Plywood achieved strong results.

UPM will publish its Q3 Interim Report on 25 October 2022.

Table: Comparable EBIT by business area

Comparable EBIT, EURmQ3 22Q2 22Q3 21Q1-Q3/22Q1-Q3/212021
Specialty Papers603023109116135
Communication Papers151126-30363-23-79
Other operations74-1482110113
Comparable EBIT, total7793874241,4431,0101,471
of sales22.8%15.1%16.8%17.0%14.1%15.0%

For reference, UPM’s previous outlook for 2022:

“UPM’s comparable EBIT is expected to increase in 2022 from 2021, and in H2 2022 from H2 2021.
Significant uncertainties remain in the outlook for 2022, related to the war in Ukraine, the ongoing pandemic, growth in the European and global economy, the energy prices and availability in Europe, the start-up of the OL3 power plant unit, and the tight raw material and logistics markets.

In the first half of the year, production was significantly affected by the strike at the Finnish units of UPM Pulp, UPM Biofuels, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers and UPM Communication Papers. This no longer limits production and as a result, UPM’s delivery volumes are expected to increase in H2 2022 from H1 2022. In the full-year 2022 result, the estimated impact of the strike is not material.

Sales prices and variable costs are expected to be higher in H2 2022 than in H1 2022 in most of UPM businesses. UPM will continue to manage margins with product pricing, optimising its product and market mix, efficient use of assets as well as by taking measures to improve variable and fixed cost efficiency.”

UPM-Kymmene Corporation
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