International Paper Company Thinks Inside the Box
What does the company do? Manufactures paper and packaging.
2010 Financial report:
Q. What are the expectations for my shares of
A. The world's largest paper and packaging company thinks inside the box.
As the U.S. slowly awakens from its economic slumber, an increasing number of corrugated containerboard boxes are needed to ship equipment, software and other products.
Controlling about one-third of
After cutting its dividend in 2009 in response to the economic downturn, the company hiked it in 2010 and once again early this year. Dividend yield is now more than 3 percent.
The universal need for boxes for shipping assures it of solid gains in fast-growing emerging markets. In March it agreed to acquire a stake of up to 75 percent of Indian paper manufacturer
Given all this potential, research analysts such as those at
On the negative side, the overall paper industry is in decline in
Consensus analyst recommendation on
Earnings are expected to increase 32 percent this year compared to 147 forecast for the paper and paper products industry, according to Thomson Reuters. The five-year annualized return is estimated to be 3 percent versus 13 percent for its peers.
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