Effective with shipments October 1, 2017 and after, Kruger will increase the transaction price of all coated grades by $1.00/cwt. This includes: Krukote Offset, Krukote HI Bulk, Krukote 76, Krukote 80, Krukote Recycled. The increase will apply to all basis weights. Also, as stated in their letter of June 7, 2017, to the degree that it is not already fully implemented, it is Kruger's intention to fully implement the July 1, 2017 increase of $2.00/cwt on all of the grades listed above and all basis weights to all customers.
Financial Highlights – Third Quarter vs. Second Quarter
*Net income from continuing operations of $58 million ($1.37 per diluted share) vs. $49 million ($1.14 per diluted share)
*Adjusted operating earnings1 (non-GAAP) of $72 million ($1.70 per diluted share) vs. $49 million ($1.14 per diluted share)
*Adjusted EBITDA2 (non-GAAP) of $158 million (18% margin) vs. $124 million (14% margin)
*Cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations of $197 million vs. $77 million
*Free cash flow3 (non-GAAP) of $155 million vs. $33 million
Commercial and Operational Highlights – Third Quarter vs. Second Quarter
*Price and mix decreased by $55 million due primarily to lower paper prices in Europe and on exports from Latin America, as well as lower global pulp prices
*Volume increased by $6 million due to increases in Latin America and North America
*Operations and other costs improved by $1 million due to better operating and supply chain results offset by $13 million in higher unabsorbed fixed costs from increased economic downtime
*Planned maintenance outage expenses decreased by $55 million
*Input costs improved by $27 million driven by favorable fiber, chemical and transportation costs
Third quarter earnings were higher than our outlook. We took measures to maximize free cash flow, including selling and administrative cost reductions, shrinking working capital and adjusting the timing of capital spending. We now expect free cash flow for the year to be more than $270 million.
By the end of the third quarter, we returned $85 million to shareowners this year. In the third quarter, we also deposited $60 million in escrow to remove cash return limits in our credit agreement. As of Nov. 9, we have returned $110 million this year and plan to return a total of $125 million in 2023.
Our board of directors increased our regular dividend by 20%, declaring a fourth quarter $0.30 per share dividend and a special $0.30 per share dividend. We paid both, totaling $25 million, Oct. 17. The board also authorized an incremental $150 million share repurchase program. At the end of the third quarter, the May 2022 and September 2023 authorizations collectively had $167 million remaining. We will continue to look for opportunities to repurchase shares at attractive prices.
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