Our Q3 trading update for 2023.
Mondi plc, a global leader in the production of sustainable packaging and paper, today provides an update on trading for the three months to 30 September 2023 (“third quarter” or “Q3 2023”).
In the third quarter of 2023 the challenging market conditions continued as expected in light of the ongoing weak macro-economic environment. Market demand has remained soft with lower average selling prices largely mitigated by lower input costs and tight fixed cost control. A much-reduced forestry fair value gain resulted in a lower underlying EBITDA of €261 million when compared to Q2 2023.
In Corrugated Packaging, containerboard prices were stable with our order books improving. Flexible Packaging saw further price and volume declines in kraft paper, which is traditionally later cycle. Our converting network delivered a resilient performance. Uncoated Fine Paper pricing continued to decline in Europe on ongoing weakness in demand. Southern Africa markets remain stable. The forestry fair value gain, accounted for within uncoated fine paper, was €14 million in Q3 2023, significantly lower than Q2 2023 of €72 million.
Demand has remained subdued in the third quarter with stable pricing in containerboard but continued price declines in kraft paper. We expect this trend to continue through the final quarter of the year along with stabilising input costs and a greater impact from maintenance and project-related shuts. However, our low-cost asset base, broad product offering and fully integrated business model provides resilience in this environment and ensures we are well positioned to benefit when market conditions improve.
Our €1.2 billion expansionary capital projects pipeline remains on track and within budget. We remain confident in the structural growth of the packaging markets we serve, underpinned by a growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions, and continue to invest in the future growth of Mondi.
Andrew King, Chief Executive Officer
Quarterly underlying EBITDA from continuing operations
The forestry fair value gain is included within underlying EBITDA and accounted for within Uncoated Fine Paper. For the nine months ended 30 September 2023, the forestry fair value gain was €100 million (FY2022: €169 million, FY2021: loss of €7 million).
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