According to the October 2017 Printing-Writing Monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased seven percent in October compared to October 2016. Shipments of uncoated free sheet managed a year-over-year increase but this was more than offset by decreases in the remaining three major printing-writing grades. U.S. purchases of printing-writing papers also decreased, down nine percent in October. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased nine percent from September 2017. •October uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments increased year-over-year for the second time this year. Imports of UFS decreased by 12 percent year-over-year in September – the fourth consecutive decrease of 12 percent or more. Meanwhile, exports of UFS papers continue to climb, up 26 percent year-over-year in September, the fifth consecutive increase of 17 percent or higher. •Recent mill shuts leave coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments down year-over-year. This is a significant change from last month’s peak for the year, as two recent mill shuts factor in to the decline this month. U.S. imports of CFS papers decreased 17 percent year-over-year in September, the third consecutive year-over-year decline. Meanwhile, exports of CFS papers increased 4 percent year-over-year in September, the seventh increase in the past nine months. •Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments declined year-over-year in October for the fifth consecutive month. Imports of CM increased in September, up 23 percent compared to September 2016. Exports of CM decreased, down 9 percent in September to 24,200 tons – the lowest level in more than five years. •Shipments of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers have declined year-over-year in every month when compared to the same month in 2016. Imports of UM decreased 13 percent year-over-year in September and exports of UM decreased 4 percent year-over-year in September.
Tronox Holdings plc (NYSE: TROX; the “Company”), the world’s leading integrated manufacturer of titanium dioxide pigment, today announced the closing of its $350 million incremental term loan under the Company’s existing credit agreement, the proceeds of which are expected to be used to repay outstanding borrowings under the Company’s existing revolving credit facilities and enhance available liquidity for upcoming capital expenditures.
“With the close of the transaction today, we have increased total available liquidity by approximately $350 million, while net leverage remained neutral,” said John Srivisal, senior vice president and chief financial officer. “This transaction preserves the ability for Tronox to prepay outstanding debt ahead of our nearest significant maturities, which remain 2028 and 2029, to reach our long-term gross debt target of $2.0 billion. The enhanced liquidity and incremental cash on hand will allow us to proceed with key capital investments in the business in the near term, primarily the mining extension projects for mines reaching end-of-life in South Africa. This will enable us to continue to realize the benefits from our vertically integrated portfolio, including internally sourced high-grade feedstock, as well as maintaining zircon production, which is a key co-product in our portfolio.”