By Cindy Macdonald
Longer than expected maintenance shutdowns have affected sales and operating profit for Domtar Corp. The forest products company provided in mid-April an update on its financial performance for the first quarter of 2016, prior to releasing its Q1 results on April 28.
Domtar’s management expects sales to be US$1,287 million and estimates the operating profit to be between US$16 and US$19 million. EBITDA before items will be between US$128 and US$131 million.
“We had extensive planned maintenance outages across our mill network in the first quarter. Within the shutdowns, we came across a number of unexpected issues that resulted in longer than anticipated outages, leading to higher planned maintenance and related costs,” said John D. Williams, president and CEO. “Nonetheless, the issues were mostly related to specific incidents and they are now behind us.”
Domtar manufactures and markets fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products.