Metso Corporation's stock exchange release on November 26, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
Valmet will organize a Capital Markets Day (CMD) for investors and analysts in
London today, November 26, 2013. The event will review Valmet's strategy and
financial targets and explore the strategic focal areas of Valmet's three
Improving profitability and growing its services business are key targets for
Valmet has three business lines - Services, Pulp and Energy, and Paper - and
intends focusing on improving its profitability and growing its services
business as it goes forward.
"Valmet has a leading market position in all of its businesses," says Pasi
Laine, who has been appointed Valmet's future President and CEO. "Our global
presence and the fact that our global operations are close to our customers give
us a strong foundation for leveraging future growth as market demand recovers.
The board, tissue, pulp, and energy markets are all set to grow over the long
term and there are good opportunities for growing our services business."
Valmet's Services business line has annual net sales of over EUR 1 billion and
the overall size of the services market is estimated to be over EUR 7 billion.
"A stable, growing, and profitable services business will even out the cyclical
nature of Valmet's other businesses and provide a solid base for improving our
overall profitability," says Laine.
"As a result of changes in the paper and energy markets, the demand for
papermaking and bioenergy technology has declined," he continues. "Improving
profitability is a clear priority for us here. A number of initiatives aimed at
enhancing our profitability are already under way, and our efficiency
enhancement program is progressing to a rapid timetable."
Combining Valmet's technological and service-related expertise and investing in
product and service development give Valmet a competitive advantage.
"Given the support that our technology and services operations provide each
other, it is important for us to continually strengthen our technological know-
how," continues Pasi Laine.
No significant changes in short-term market outlook
Valmet expects demand to remain satisfactory in its Services business line.
In its Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet expects the demand for pulp mills
and rebuilds to remain satisfactory, while demand for power plants based on
renewable energy sources is expected to remain weak.
In its Paper business line, Valmet believes that structural changes in the paper
industry are likely to continue and expects that demand for paper and board
making lines will remain weak. Demand for tissue production lines is expected to
Going forward, Valmet will assess the market outlook for its services, pulp,
energy, paper & board, and tissue businesses separately. Three terms - good,
satisfactory, and weak - will be used to characterize the short-term market
outlook for these businesses.
Profitability of Valmet's business lines
Going forward, Valmet will assess its profitability on a business line basis and
characterize performance using three terms: good, satisfactory, and weak. The
current profitability of the Services business line is satisfactory, while that
of the Pulp and Energy business line and the Paper business line is weak.
Valmet has responded to market developments by reducing its capacity and
improving the efficiency of its operations and cost structure.
CMD presentation material and live webcast
The English-language presentation material used at Valmet's Capital Markets Day
will be available at Metso's web site: www.metso.com/investors. Instructions for
following the presentations in English as a live webcast can be found at the
Metso's pulp, paper and power professionals specialize in processes, machinery,
equipment, services, paper machine clothing and filter fabrics. Our offering and
experience cover the entire process life cycle, including new production lines,
rebuilds, and services.
As of January 2014, Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business will serve its
customers with an even more focused and competitive approach as an independent,
listed company, Valmet Corporation.
Metso is a global supplier of technology and services to customers in the
process industries, including mining, construction, pulp and paper, power, and
oil and gas. Our 30,000 professionals based in over 50 countries contribute to
sustainability and deliver profitability to customers worldwide. Metso's shares
are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.
Further information, please contact:
Hanna-Maria Heikkinen, Head of Investor Relations, future Valmet Corporation,
tel +358 40 8262172
VP, Investor Relations
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd