Hadera Paper Ltd. today reported financial results for the third quarter (the "Third Quarter")and first nine months ended September 30, 2011 (the "Reported Period"). The Company, its subsidiaries and associated company - are referred to hereinafter as the "Group".
Consolidated sales during the Reported Period amounted to NIS 1,541.7 million, as compared with NIS 784.6 million last year, representing an increase of 96.5%, originating primarily from growth in the sales of the packaging paper and recycling sector as compared with the corresponding period last year, coupled with the consolidation of the sales of Hadera Paper - Writing and Printing Ltd ("Hadera Paper Printing"), starting January 1, 2011, in the total sum of NIS 554.0 million, net of inter-company sales totaling NIS 526.3 million.
The consolidated sales in the Third Quarter of the year totaled NIS 519.5 million, as compared with NIS 295.4 million in the corresponding quarter last year, representing growth of approximately 75.9%, originating primarily as a result of the consolidation of the sales of Hadera Paper Printing, in the amount of NIS 184.7 million, coupled with growth in the sales of the packaging paper and recycling sector in relation to the corresponding quarter last year and as compared with second quarter sales this year of NIS 504.6 million, representing growth of approximately 2.96%.
The operating profit totaled NIS 45.8 million during the Reported Period, 3.0% of sales, as compared with NIS 32.7 million, 4.2% of sales, in the corresponding period last year. Net of non-recurring revenues and expenditures during the Reported Period and the corresponding period last year, the operating profit decreased from NIS 19.1 million to NIS 16.4 million. The decrease in the operating profit from current operations during the Reported Period, as compared with the corresponding period last year, originates primarily from the consolidation of the results of the Hadera Paper Printing segment since January 1, 2011, following an operating loss of NIS 13.1 million in this segment. This decrease was offset as a result of a rise in the gross profit of the various segments, in view of the increase in sales.