Statement re Smurfit Kappa Tops Sector in Extel Survey


21 June 2018

Smurfit Kappa Tops Sector in Extel Survey for Second Consecutive Year

Smurfit Kappa Group plc (“Smurfit Kappa” or “The Group”), one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products, with operations in Europe and the Americas, has been ranked number one in the forestry, paper & packaging sector for ‘Best CEO’, ‘Best CFO’ and ‘Best Investor Relations’ for the second year running. The Group also received first place for ‘Best IR Professional’.

This follows Institutional Investor’s rankings in April, where Smurfit Kappa was named ‘Most Honoured Company’ in the European paper & packaging sector for a third consecutive year.

Extel, the foremost independent evaluation of quality across the European equities investment industry, issues annual rankings of Europe’s leading Executive Teams based on the views of investment professionals. The 2018 rankings consisted of contributions from over 11,333 investment professionals at 2,682 buy-side firms, 241 sell-side and 1,099 corporates.

Ken Bowles, Smurfit Kappa Group CFO commented: “We are delighted to top the Extel sector rankings for the second consecutive year. These rankings reflect the dedication and commitment of our wider team and our prospects as a business. I would like to take the opportunity to thank those who have continued to support us as we look forward to delivering on our medium term plan.”

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The Extel Survey began in 1974 with 53 asset management firms giving their views on the advice they were getting from their research analysts at stockbroking houses.

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About Smurfit Kappa
Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company, is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with around 46,000 employees in approximately 370 production sites across 35 countries and with revenue of €8.6 billion in 2017. We are located in 22 countries in Europe, and 13 in the Americas. We are the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America.

With our proactive team we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our scale, to open up opportunities for our customers. We collaborate with forward-thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivalled portfolio of paper-packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from our own paper mills.

Our products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.

Follow us on Twitter at @smurfitkappa and on LinkedIn at ‘Smurfit Kappa’.

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