Mercer International Inc. Reports Second Quarter and First Half 2019 Results and Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.1375

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  • Second quarter net income of $10.3 million ($0.16 per share) and Operating EBITDA* of $70.0 million
  • First half 2019 net income of $61.9 million ($0.94 per share) and Operating EBITDA of $193.8 million

NEW YORK, NY, August 1, 2019 - Mercer International Inc. (Nasdaq: MERC) today reported second quarter 2019 Operating EBITDA increased to $70.0 million from $60.5 million in the second quarter of 2018 and decreased from $123.8 million in the first quarter of 2019.

For the second quarter of 2019, net income decreased to $10.3 million, or $0.16 per share, from $16.8 million, or $0.26 per share, in the second quarter of 2018 and $51.6 million, or $0.79 per basic share and $0.78 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2019.

In the first half of 2019, Operating EBITDA increased by 21% to $193.8 million from $159.9 million in the same period of 2018. In the first half of 2019, net income increased to $61.9 million from $42.4 million in the same period of 2018.

Mr. David M. Gandossi, the Chief Executive Officer, stated: "Our second quarter results reflect an overall weakening of pulp markets resulting from weak demand for certain paper grades in China and high producer inventories. As a result of the decline in pulp prices in China during the current quarter of 2019, we recorded a noncash write down of inventories at our Canadian mills of $6.9 million.

Overall, I am pleased with our mills strong production this quarter and the acquisition of MPR continues to materially increase our production, revenues and scope of operations."

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Source: Mercer International