Pixelle Specialty Solutions has improved safety and productivity at its Spring Grove, Pennsylvania facility by installing a smelt spout robot manufactured by Valmet. The smelt robot is essential for keeping recovery boiler spouts open and improving efficiencies in the liquor recovery cycle. The first smelt robot installation of its kind in North America, the robot regularly cleans the recovery boiler smelt spouts ensuring stable smelt flow, optimum cleaning and safer boiler operation, without manual intervention. “We’re proud to introduce the industry-first smelt robot installation in North America, supporting our ongoing commitment to operational excellence and innovation in specialty papers,” said Ross Bushnell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pixelle. “By leveraging the latest automation technology, we are positioned to drive greater mill safety, productivity and quality.”
Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2017, including net sales of $585 million, a net loss of $49 million, and adjusted EBITDA of $(4) million.
“Despite a challenging second quarter in which profitability was hampered by lower volume and pricing, rising input costs and inventory reduction initiatives, Verso is building momentum toward significantly improved results in the second half of the year as we anticipate realization of price increases, continue to aggressively cut costs and profitably grow our specialty papers business,” said Verso Chief Executive Officer B. Christopher DiSantis. “In addition, we’ve made substantial progress in evaluating Verso’s long-term strategic options, which potentially include paper machine conversions to enable expansion or entry into growing markets, enhancements to current assets that support a more profitable product mix, and corporate development opportunities.”
Verso Corporation (the “Company”) adopted fresh-start reporting as of July 15, 2016 (the “Effective Date”), the effective date of its First Modified Third Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code dated June 20, 2016, and the date that Verso emerged from its Chapter 11 cases. As a result of the application of fresh-start reporting, the Company’s financial statements for periods prior to the Effective Date are not comparable to those for periods subsequent to the Effective Date. References to “Successor” refer to the Company on or after the Effective Date. References to “Predecessor” refer to the Company prior to the Effective Date. Operating results for the Successor and Predecessor periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for a full fiscal year. References such as the “Company,” “we,” “our” and “us” refer to Verso Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries, whether Predecessor and/or Successor, as appropriate.
Comments to Results of Operations – Comparison of Three Months Ended June 30, 2017 to Three Months Ended June 30, 2016
• Net sales for the second quarter of 2017 decreased by $45 million compared to the second quarter of 2016. The sales decline was attributable to both a decrease in total sales volume and a decrease in pricing due to the general softening of demand for coated papers and our capacity reductions at our Androscoggin Mill.
• Gross margin, excluding depreciation, amortization, and depletion expenses, decreased from 13.0% in the second quarter of 2016 to 2.4% in the second quarter of 2017 driven by lower sales volume and pricing, higher input costs, primarily as a result of inflation in chemicals and energy costs partially offset by lower wood costs, the effects of taking market-related downtime at our mills, production mix and reliability issues, and the effect of an accounting policy change adopted in conjunction with fresh-start accounting.
• Depreciation, amortization and depletion for the second quarter of 2017 was lower than the second quarter of 2016, which was attributable to the capacity reductions at our Androscoggin Mill and reduction in the carrying value of our property, plant and equipment as a result of adopting fresh-start accounting.
• SG&A expense reduction was attributable to cost reduction initiatives implemented by management across the organization as well as a reclassification of 2017 SG&A to cost of products sold, attributable to a change in accounting policy adopted in connection with fresh-start accounting.
• Restructuring charges for the second quarter of 2017 are primarily associated with the closure and relocation of the Memphis office headquarters and closure of the Wickliffe Mill. Restructuring charges for the second quarter 2016 consisted primarily of severance and benefit and other costs related to the permanent closure of the Wickliffe Mill.
more detail at: http://investor.versoco.com/2017-08-09-Verso-Corporation-Reports-Second-Quarter-2017-Financial-Results