Improved results for performance chemicals and other businesses
Borregaard’s operating revenues totalled NOK 951 million (NOK 968 million)¹ in the 4th quarter of 2014. EBITA² was NOK 92 million, compared with NOK 86 million in the corresponding quarter of 2013.
Compared with the 4th quarter of 2013, both Performance Chemicals and Other Businesses improved their EBITA, while a decline was recorded for Specialty Cellulose.
Favourable currency rates, improved product mix and higher sales prices more than compensated for a 4 % volume reduction in Performance Chemicals. The decline in Specialty Cellulose was primarily due to lower sales volume and reduced prices, softened by a weaker Norwegian krone. Lower net corporate costs contributed to the improvement in Other Businesses. Lower production at the Sarpsborg site had a negative effect in all business areas.
Profit before tax was NOK 59 million (NOK 79 million) in the 4th quarter. Earnings per share were NOK 0.68 (NOK 0.62).
Full year 2014
Operating revenues in 2014 amounted to NOK 3939 million (NOK 3886 million). EBITA was NOK 486 million (NOK 489 million). Profit before tax was NOK 430 million (NOK 460 million) with tax expense at NOK 98 million (NOK 129 million). Earnings per share were NOK 3.34 (NOK 3.35).
- We are pleased with the continued progress in Performance Chemicals. Borregaard’s result in 2014 is satisfactory, and for the fourth consecutive year we achieved a return on capital above our long term target, says President and CEO Per A. Sørlie.
1. Figures in parentheses are for the corresponding period in the preceding year.
2. Operating profit before amortisation and other income and expenses.