Global Forest and Paper Industry: Net Earnings Summary — Three months ended March 31, 2015

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This Net Earnings Summary has been prepared by PwC based on financial statements and other sources issued by the selected companies. Earnings are reported in regional currencies, as noted.

Canada

Net earnings for the first quarter of 2015 reported by the major Canadian forest products companies have improved from the fourth quarter of 2014, but are overall lower than the first quarter of 2014. Once again, the Canadian companies with exposure to the building products markets in the United States, including Western Canadian based integrated producers West Fraser, Canfor and Western Forest Products have started 2015 with the strongest earnings.

United States

Ten of the largest US-based forest and paper companies reported net earnings of US $1.3 billion for the first quarter of 2015, up from US $717.9million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $977.2 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Europe

Ten of the largest European based forest and paper companies reported net earnings of € 825.7 million for the first quarter of 2015, up from €80.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and €657.6 million reported in the first quarter of 2014.

Japan

Six of the largest forest and paper companies in Japan posted net earnings of US $215.2 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared to earnings of US $343.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and earnings of US $ 364.2 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Emerging Markets

Five of the largest forest and paper companies reported net losses of US $ 400.3 million, down from net earnings of $45.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and earnings of $277.0 million in the first quarter of 2014.

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