UPM increases the fair value of its biological assets (growing trees) in Finland, due to adjusted long-term wood price estimates and change in the discount rate. The impact of these changes on the fair value of biological assets is EUR 265 million and will be included in Q3 2015 operating profit excluding special items under Other operations.
UPM continues to estimate a declining trend of real wood prices in Finland, although with a slightly slower rate than previously. In addition, the pre-tax discount rate used to determine the fair value of the Finnish forests has been lowered from 7.5% to 7%.
At the end of Q3 2015 the fair value of UPM’s biological assets in the balance sheet was EUR 1,726 million. This includes the fair values of the company’s forests in Finland (713,000 hectares) and the US (75,000 hectares), as well as the fast growing plantations in Uruguay (236,000 hectares).
UPM’s business performance in Q3 2015 was in line with the company’s outlook for 2015. Q3 2015 operating profit excluding special items and including the aforementioned fair value increase of the forest in Finland was about EUR 507 million.