MM reports first quarter 2024 results

Peter Oswald, MM CEO

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  • Result below previous year as expected
  • Significant volume growth at MM Board & Paper
  • Continuity at a good level at MM Packaging
  • Weak consumption continues to weigh on end markets
  • Pressure on margins carries on
  • Successful profit & cash protection programme will be continued
  • Sales price development decisive for earnings situation in 2024

Peter Oswald, MM CEO, comments: “The MM Group recorded a decline in both Group sales and adjusted operating profit in the 1st quarter of 2024 compared to the previous year’s value, due to the earnings performance in the Board & Paper division. The destocking in the supply chain has been largely completed, leading to a significant recovery of volumes sold in Board & Paper. However, pressure on margins continued as expected, as price increases will only compensate for the recent rise in production costs from the 2nd quarter onwards. In contrast, the Packaging division recorded a slight increase in results compared to the previous year, even though the margin was below the strong level of the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2023.
Against this background, the profit & cash protection programme, which has already been successfully implemented, and the measures to intensify market penetration will be systematically continued in 2024.

As consumer spending on everyday goods remains subdued, the end markets continue to record hardly any growth. In particular, the development of sales prices will remain decisive for the earnings situation in 2024.”, underlines Oswald.

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Source: MM Group