Glatfelter Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

Nov. 1, 2011 - Glatfelter today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011, with sales increasing 10 percent to a record $416.5 million, versus $379.1 million a year ago.

Adjusted earnings were $12.8 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, compared with $16.7 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2010. On a GAAP basis, third-quarter 2011 net income was $13.0 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, versus $39.4 million or $0.85 per diluted share, in the same period of 2010. The 2010-third quarter GAAP-basis results benefited from cellulosic biofuel production credits totaling $23.1 million, or $0.50 per diluted share.

“Our strong top-line growth in the third quarter reflects the continued success of our Composite Fibers and Advanced Airlaid Materials businesses, the global growth engines for Glatfelter,” said Dante C. Parrini, chairman and chief executive officer. “Composite Fibers delivered a 20 percent increase in revenue led by growth in the single-serve coffee and tea markets, while Advanced Airlaid Materials grew revenue by 14 percent driven by the feminine hygiene market. Likewise, we are pleased with the continued progress the Advanced Airlaid Materials business is making to improve its profitability. This was accomplished while also constructing and beginning the start-up of a second proprietary festooning line in Gatineau, Canada.”

Mr. Parrini continued, “Significant input cost inflation of $15 million impacted results for the quarter, especially for our Specialty Papers business which was also impacted by severe weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Lee and higher maintenance costs to improve paper machine reliability. We are, however, seeing a pull back of input costs especially for purchased pulp which we expect will help us in the fourth quarter.”

Specialty Papers

On a year-over-year basis, Specialty Papers’ net sales increased $8.1 million primarily due to a $4.6 million benefit from higher selling prices and a 2.2 percent increase in shipping volumes. Specialty Papers’ shipments continued its seven-year track record of outperforming the broader uncoated free sheet market, which was down 3.6 percent in the year-over-year comparison.

Specialty Papers’ 2011 third-quarter operating income declined $6.0 million compared to the 2010-third quarter primarily due to the unfavorable impact of rising input costs outpacing benefits of higher selling prices. Input costs increased an aggregate $8.4 million in the year-over-year comparison. Operations in Spring Grove, PA were interrupted during the quarter by Tropical Storm Lee, which caused unplanned downtime and excess costs aggregating $1.1 million. In addition, maintenance-related costs were higher in the comparison to 2010 due to spending incurred to improve paper machine reliability.

Composite Fibers

Composite Fibers’ net sales increased $21.1 million, or 20.4 percent reflecting a 5.5 percent increase in shipping volume led by single-serve coffee and tea products. In addition, higher average selling prices added $2.7 million and foreign currency translation contributed $7.7 million.

Composite Fibers’ third-quarter 2011 operating income increased 3.7 percent or $0.4 million. The benefit from higher selling prices was more than offset by $3.8 million of higher raw material and energy costs, primarily related to abaca and synthetic fiber prices. The results include $0.4 million of costs incurred related to recently announced initiatives to expand its inclined-wire production capacity to support the growing single-serve coffee and tea markets. Adjusted to exclude these non-recurring strategic costs, operating income increased 7.3 percent in the comparison.

Advanced Airlaid Materials

Advanced Airlaid Materials’ net sales increased $8.2 million, or 14.1 percent reflecting a 4.5 percent increase in shipping volume, a $2.9 million benefit from higher selling prices and $2.7 million from foreign currency translation.

Operating income was $4.1 million in the third-quarter 2011, the third consecutive quarter of higher profitability and nearly a three-fold improvement from results in the same quarter of 2010. During the third quarter, selling price increases outpaced higher input costs of $2.4 million. In addition, this business’s overall performance benefited from previously outlined improvement initiatives including supply chain synergies, waste reduction and higher machine output.

OUTLOOK

For Specialty Papers, the Company expects shipping volumes in the fourth quarter of 2011 to be approximately five percent less than the third quarter reflecting normal seasonality; selling prices are expected to be in line with the third quarter. Input costs are expected to be in line with the third quarter, with the exception of significantly lower purchased pulp prices. The Company expects full year 2011 operating income for this unit to approximate full year 2010.

For Composite Fibers, the Company anticipates shipping volumes to be slightly lower in the fourth quarter compared to the 2011 third quarter reflecting seasonality in the metallized papers market. Selling prices and input costs are expected to be largely in line with the third quarter.

Shipping volumes for the Advanced Airlaid Materials business unit in the fourth quarter of 2011 are expected to decline approximately five percent compared to third quarter levels due to normal seasonality. In addition, selling prices and input costs are expected to be largely in-line with the third quarter levels. The benefits from continuous improvement initiatives and efficiency gains should offset the impact of lower volumes.

Headquartered in York, PA, Glatfelter is a global manufacturer of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials, offering over a century of experience, technical expertise and world-class service. U.S. operations include facilities in Spring Grove, PA and Chillicothe and Fremont, OH. International operations include facilities in Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, a representative office in China and a sales and distribution office in Russia. Glatfelter’s sales approximate $1.5 billion annually and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GLT.

SOURCE: Glatfelter