Exhibit 99.1

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

Corporate Headquarters

 

96 South George Street

 

York, Pennsylvania 17401 U.S.A.

 

www.glatfelter.com

 

 

For Immediate Release

Contacts:

 

 

Investors:

Media:

 

John P. Jacunski

Eileen L. Beck

 

(717) 225-2794

(717) 225-2793

 

GLATFELTER REPORTS SECOND QUARTER 2018 RESULTS

 

YORK, Pennsylvania – July 31, 2018 – Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT)

today reported a net loss of $7.4 million, or $0.17 per share for the second quarter of 2018 compared with a net loss of $5.7 million, or $0.13 per share in the second quarter of 2017.  On an adjusted basis, the net loss for the second quarter of 2018 was $4.3 million, or $0.10 per diluted share compared with a loss of $2.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago.  Net loss on an adjusted basis is a non-GAAP financial measure for which a reconciliation to the nearest GAAP-based measure is provided within this release.  

 

Consolidated net sales totaled $405.8 million and $387.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.  Composite Fibers’ and Advanced Airlaid Materials’ net sales increased by 1.5% and 11.3%, respectively, on a constant currency basis.  Specialty Papers’ net sales declined 0.7% in the quarter-over-quarter comparison.

 

“Significantly higher input costs, and operational challenges in Specialty Papers, led to second-quarter results that were below our expectations,” said Dante C. Parrini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  “During the quarter, higher purchased pulp prices adversely impacted our results by $9 million.  While selling prices increased in all of our businesses, this was not sufficient to offset increases in raw material prices, particularly in Composite Fibers.  However, Advanced Airlaid Materials volume and net sales grew 6% and 16%, respectively, over last year.  The additional capacity from the new Fort Smith facility is ramping up and enabling us to meet demand from key customers who serve the growing North American wipes market.”

 

Mr. Parrini said, “In addition to higher pulp prices, Specialty Papers’ results were adversely affected by increased costs of the annual maintenance outages and cost penalties from a slower than expected restart.  However, the business unit successfully capitalized on an improving pricing environment, achieving a nearly $40 per ton increase in average selling prices compared with the first quarter of 2018.  With the maintenance outages now complete, we anticipate volumes and operating income to improve on the heels of strong industry operating rates and pricing momentum heading into the second half of the year.”  

 

Mr. Parrini concluded, “While our second-quarter financial performance was weaker than expected, we are confident our engineered materials platform continues to represent significant opportunity for Glatfelter and value for our shareholders.  Our Advanced Airlaid Materials business is positioned to accelerate its growth as utilization of the new capacity increases.  In addition, we anticipate closing on our announced acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s European nonwovens business during the fourth quarter, pending regulatory approval.  This transaction is expected to be immediately accretive, and we look forward to adding its complementary products to our Airlaid Materials portfolio.  Composite Fibers will continue to face competitive market conditions and raw material cost challenges in the near term; nonetheless, we remain a leader in the end-markets served and continue to be optimistic about the market growth potential.”

 

In June 2018¸ the Company announced a definitive agreement to purchase Georgia-Pacific’s European nonwovens business, based in Steinfurt, Germany, for $185 million, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.  The facility produces high-quality airlaid products for the table-top, wipes, hygiene, food pad, and other nonwoven materials markets.  The Steinfurt facility is a state-of-the-art, 32,000-metric-ton-capacity manufacturing facility that employs approximately 220 people.

 

As previously announced, the Company is reviewing strategic alternatives for the Specialty Papers business.  This review is ongoing and there can be no assurance that it will result in a particular outcome.

 

 


The following information was filed by Glatfelter P H Co (GLT) on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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