Smurfit Kappa earnings leap 50% however warns some demand slowing

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Water vapour billows from smokestacks at the Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin in Facture plant, southwestern France, December 22, 2009. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Smurfit Kappa’s core profit jumped by 50% year-on-year in the first half of 2022, which it said on Wednesday reflected recent capital investment in its production facilities and price increases for customers.

After a year of record profit in 2021, revenue growth of 33% pushed earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) at Europe’s largest paper packaging producer up to 1.2 billion euros ($1.22 billion) in the first half.

Smurfit, whose customers include Procter & Gamble (NYSE:), Unilever (NYSE:) and Nestle, increased its interim dividend by 8% to 31.6 euro cents per share.

“In Smurfit Kappa, we are very confident about our future prospects,” the Irish group’s chief executive Tony Smurfit said in a statement.

“Inevitably, with the current global issues that surround us there are greater uncertainties than we have seen for some time. Nevertheless, we continue to see many opportunities for growth.”

($1 = 0.9863 euros)

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