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International Paper Posts Mixed Results

Packaging, pulp, and paper products company, International Paper (NYSE: IP – $62.13), reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings that topped expectations. EPS for the period came in at $1.27, well above the $0.73 from last year’s results and eight cents higher than analysts had expected. Full-year adjusted operating earnings totaled $3.49 per share, as compared to 2016’s $3.09. Revenue, however, while jumping 12% year-over-year to $5.7 billion, missed consensus of $6.01 billion. Sales have been helped by strong demand in e-commerce packaging and its 2016 acquisition of Weyerhaeuser’s pulp business. The the quarter, growth in the industrial packaging and cellulose fiber segments was offset by weakness in printing papers. The company continues to sharpen its focus on core businesses and the outlook remains promising. Full year per share earnings for 2018 could approach $4.45 – $4.55. Therefore, I believe positions – although not without some risk – continue to offer above-average long-term capital gains potential as well as a growing dividend, currently yielding 3%.


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