Near-term outlook


Estimated in 2018 Financial Statements Bulletin 

Metsä Board's paperboard deliveries in the first quarter are expected to rise slightly compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.

The market prices of folding boxboard in local currencies are expected to increase. The company continues its measures to improve the average price of folding boxboard by optimising the sales mix.

The global economic uncertainty, slowdown in China's economic growth and reductions in inventory levels in the value chain are still causing uncertainty in Metsä Board's business operations.

A maintenance shutdown at Metsä Fibre's Äänekoski bioproduct mill is set to take place in the first quarter.

Changes in exchange rates including the impact of hedges will have a positive effect on the operating result for the first quarter compared to the previous quarter.

Production costs are expected to remain stable. The price of wood is expected to remain on a high level in the beginning of the year.