Chip truck parked at the Mercer Stendal pulp mill in Arneburg, Germany

Mercer International Inc. reports first quarter 2020 results and announces quarterly cash dividend of $0.065

Selected Highlights

  • First quarter net loss of $3.4 million
  • Quarterly Operating EBITDA* of $57.0 million
  • Cash on hand and available credit facilities provide liquidity of about $516.5 million at March 31, 2020

NEW YORK, NY, April 30, 2020 ‑ Mercer International Inc. (Nasdaq: MERC) today reported first quarter 2020 Operating EBITDA decreased to $57.0 million from $123.8 million in the first quarter of 2019 and increased from negative $34.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.

In the first quarter of 2020, net loss was $3.4 million (or $0.05 per share) compared to net income of $51.6 million (or $0.79 per basic share and $0.78 per diluted share) in the first quarter of 2019 and a net loss of $72.7 million (or $1.11 per share) in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Mr. David Gandossi, the Chief Executive Officer, stated: “The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter has presented a number of challenges and I am proud that our people have risen to meet these head on.

Our pulp products are an important constituent of many pandemic related high demand goods such as tissue and cleaning products and certain personal protective equipment. Accordingly, we have implemented a number of new and important health and safety measures at our operations to protect our employees and to allow our mills to operate responsibly and efficiently. We are constantly monitoring our operations and guidance from governmental and health organizations to ensure we take appropriate and necessary actions to protect our people.

You can read the rest of the results in detail here.