Global Forest and Paper Industry: Net Earnings Summary — Three months ended December 31, 2014

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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

The Net earnings reported by the major Canadian forest products companies are lower overall than the same period in 2013 and the third quarter of 2014. The Canadian companies with exposure to the building products markets in the United States, including Western Canadian based integrated producers West Fraser and Canfor, and Eastern Canadian based OSB producer Norbord, have concluded 2014 with the strongest earnings.

Western Canada

Western Canadian based companies posted net losses of $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, down from net earnings of $170.8 million in the third quarter and $37.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Eastern Canada

Eastern Canadian based companies posted net losses of $228.2 million in the quarter, compared to net losses of $131.9 million in the third quarter of 2014 and net earnings of $7.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.

United States

Ten of the largest US-based forest and paper companies reported net earnings of US $717.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, down from US $2.9 billion in the third quarter of 2014.

Europe

Nine of the largest European based forest and paper companies reported net earnings of € 78.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, down from €759.3 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Japan

Six of the largest forest and paper companies in Japan posted net earnings of US $335.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to earnings of US $514.2 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Emerging Markets

Five of the largest forest and paper companies reported net earnings of US $ 48.1 million, up from net losses of $398.6 million in the third quarter of 2014.

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