Restructuring IP reports Q4 loss



International Paper (IP) has posted a Q4 loss of $77 million citing unusual items that resulted in a net charge against its earnings.
The company’s loss amounted to $0.16 per share for the period October to December, compared with earnings of $169 million, or an EPS of $0.35 the year before. Without the unusual items and discontinued operations, earnings were $58 million, or EPS of $0.12. Sales for the quarter were $6.13 billion, a two per cent increase from $6.02 billion in 2005.
IP earned $1.1 billion for the year in 2005, or EPS of $2.21, compared to a loss of $35 million, or $0.07 per share, in 2004. Sales of $24.1 billion were 3 per cent greater than $23.36 billion a year earlier.
The company is currently undergoing a restructuring plan.