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2022-07-22

SCA: Interim Report Q2 2022

January-June 2022 compared with January-June 2021

  • Net sales amounted to SEK 10,914m (8,982). The increase was mainly attributable to high demand for SCA's products, higher selling prices and increased sales to core markets. Through its own logistics company, SCA has a unique control over logistics from the forest to the customer, which has benefited delivery reliability in a turbulent period.
  • EBITDA improved 58% to SEK 5,729m (3,619). The increase was mainly attributable to higher selling prices in all product areas while a high degree of self-sufficiency in wood, energy and logistics enabled good cost control. EBITDA margin increased to 52.5% (40.3).
  • Valuation of SCA's forest assets increased to SEK 87.9bn compared to SEK 84.5bn at year-end previous year due to further increased prices on forest assets in Northern Sweden
  • Operating profit increased to SEK 4,958m (2,927)
  • Operating cash flow strengthened to SEK 3,085m (1,581) and thereby continued to finance ongoing strategic investments
  • Earnings per share was SEK 5.50 (3.20)

April-June 2022 compared with April-June 2021

  • Net sales amounted to SEK 5,899m (4,810). The increase was mainly attributable to strong demand for SCA's products, higher selling prices and positive exchange rate effects.
  • EBITDA amounted to SEK 3,121m (2,260). The increase was mainly attributable to higher selling prices, which were offset by higher raw material costs. EBITDA margin strengthened to 52.9% (47.0).

April-June 2022 compared with January-March 2022

  • Net sales amounted to SEK 5,899m (5,015). The increase was mainly attributable to higher selling prices and higher delivery volumes.
  • EBITDA amounted to SEK 3,121m (2,608). The increase was primarily attributable to higher selling prices in all product areas. EBITDA margin increased to 52.9% (52.0).

 

KEY FIGURES

Quarter Jan-Jun 2022
SEKm 2022:2 2021:2 % 2022:1 % 2022 2021 %
Net sales 5,899 4,810 23 5,015 18 10,914 8,982 22
EBITDA 3,121 2,260 38 2,608 20 5,729 3,619 58
EBITDA margin (%) 52.9 47.0 52.0 52.5 40.3
Operating profit 2,735 1,881 45 2,223 23 4,958 2,927 69
Net Profit 2,180 1,483 47 1,760 24 3,940 2,285 72
Earnings per share SEK 3.05 2.06 2.45 5.50 3.20

Operating cash flow 1,942 1,106 1,143 3,085 1,581
Net Debt / EBITDA (LTM) 0.8x 1.4x 1,0x 0.8x 1.4x

SUMMARY OF THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2022

Earnings for the second quarter of 2022 were the highest ever. The improvement compared with the preceding quarter and the year-earlier quarter was mainly attributable to strong demand for SCA's products with higher sales to core markets, in particular Scandinavia and Central Europe, and higher selling prices.

Higher inflationary pressure has resulted in increased costs for input goods and logistics services. Good control over SCA's own value chain and a high degree of self-sufficiency in wood and energy largely offset the cost increases resulting from rising inflation. Through its own logistics company, SCA also has unique control over logistics from the forest to the customer, which benefits both delivery reliability and cost control.

The supply of wood raw material to SCA's industries was stable during the quarter. The price of pulpwood increased while the price of saw logs was in line with the preceding quarter.

Selling prices for solid-wood products increased compared with the preceding period and delivery volumes were at normal levels. Demand for building materials from private individuals was weaker while demand from new construction was favorable.

Demand in the Pulp segment remained at a good level with higher selling prices and increased delivery volumes compared with the preceding quarter. The CTMP (chemi-thermomechanical pulp) expansion project at the Ortviken site in Sundsvall is progressing on time and on budget.

Demand for kraftliner was strong during the period. Average selling prices increased compared with the preceding quarter. A planned maintenance stop was carried out at the Obbola mill in Umeå during the period. Operating trials for the new paper machine will begin this autumn, which is earlier than planned. The earlier-than-scheduled trials create positive conditions for a successful project (see page 5). 

Higher transaction prices for forest assets in northern Sweden

SCA has based its valuation of forest assets on forest transactions carried out in the areas where SCA owns forest. The market value of the forest increased during the first six months of 2022. The average market price used in the valuation of SCA's forest assets was SEK 342/m3fo at June 30 compared to SEK 324/m3fo at December 31, 2021 (see Note 3).

INVITATION TO PRESS CONFERENCE ON HALF-YEAR REPORT 2022

Members of the media and analysts are hereby invited to attend a press conference where this interim report will be presented by the President and CEO, Ulf Larsson, and by the CFO, Andreas Ewertz.

Time: Friday, July 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

The press conference will be webcast live at www.sca.com. It is also possible to participate by telephone by calling:

Sweden: +46 (0)8566426 51

UK: +44 (0)3333 000 804

US: +1 631 913 1422

Specify the conference ID: 10918682#.
 

For further information, please contact
Andreas Ewertz, CFO, +46 (0)60 19 31 97
Josefine Bonnevier, Investor Relations Director, +46 (0)60 19 33 90
 

Please note:

This is information that SCA is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Securities Markets Act. This report has been prepared in both Swedish and English versions. In case of variations in the content between the two versions, the Swedish version shall govern. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, on July 22, 2022 at 08:00 a.m. CEST. The report has been reviewed by the company's auditors.

Anders Edholm, Senior Vice President, Communications, +46 (0)60 19 32 12

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