Price movement

International Paper (IP) rose by 1.5% to close at $45.81 per share during the fourth week of July 2016. The stock’s weekly, monthly, and year-to-date (or YTD) price movements were 1.5%, 11.3%, and 24.4%, respectively, as of July 29. IP is trading 3.9% above its 20-day moving average, 7.1% above its 50-day moving average, and 15.5% above its 200-day moving average.

How International Paper Performed in 2Q16

Related ETF and peers

The Guggenheim MSCI Global Timber ETF (CUT) invests 4.3% of its holdings in International Paper. The ETF tracks the MSCI ACWI IMI Timber Select Capped Index, a market-cap-weighted index of global timber equities. The YTD price movement of CUT was 3.0% on July 29.

The market caps of International Paper’ competitors are as follows:

  • Packaging Corporation of America (PKG) — $7.0 billion
  • Domtar (UFS) — $2.5 billion
  • KapStone Paper and Packaging (KS) — $1.4 billion

Performance of International Paper in 2Q16

International Paper reported 2Q16 net sales of $5.3 billion, a fall of 7.0% from the net sales of $5.7 billion in 2Q15. Sales from the industrial packaging and consumer packaging segments fell by 2.6% and 37.1%, respectively, and sales from printing papers segment rose by 1.8% between 2Q15 and 2Q16. It reported net losses on sales and impairment of businesses of $28.0 million in 2Q16.

Its net income and EPS (earnings per share) fell to $40.0 million and $0.10, respectively, in 2Q16, compared with $227.0 million and $0.54 in 2Q15.

IP’s cash and temporary investments rose by 19.4% and its inventories fell by 2.8% between 4Q15 and 2Q16. Its current ratio rose to 1.68x and its long-term debt-to-equity ratio fell to 2.2x in 2Q16, compared with 1.65x and 2.3x, respectively, in 4Q15. It reported free cash flow of $527.0 million in 2Q16, a rise of 3.1% from 2Q15.

Quarterly dividend

International Paper has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.44 per share on its common stock. The dividend will be paid on September 15, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 15, 2016.

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