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International Paper Completes Printing Paper Spin-Off; IP Fair Value Estimate Now $48

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| Brian Bernard, CFA, CPA |

International Paper completed the spin-off of its printing paper segment on Oct. 1. This new company now trades under the name Sylvamo, ticker SLVM. Following this transaction, International Paper will primarily be a containerboard company with some fluff pulp assets. Containerboard demand has spiked in recent years due to the growth in e-commerce, but competition has grown to meet demand. It is not uncommon for aged paper assets to be converted into recycled linerboard facilities as papermakers pivot due to declining paper consumption. The increase in competition has put pressure on pricing, raising the importance of IP’s goals to cut costs and streamline the business.

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Business Description

International Paper manufactures packaging products and cellulose fibers. It accounts for roughly one third of the North American corrugated packaging market. Though it has operations in Brazil, Russia, India, and China, more than three fourths of its sales come from North America. International Paper serves a variety of end markets, including industrial, consumer products, and manufacturing.

6400 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN, 38197
T +1 901 419-9000
Sector Consumer Cyclical
Industry Packaging & Containers
Most Recent Earnings Jun 30, 2021
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2021
Stock Type High Yield
Employees 49,300