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Mercer International Inc. Reports Record Annual Pulp Production, Pulp Sales Volumes And Energy Sales And 2012 Fourth Quarter And Year End Results

For 2012, operating income decreased to €49.0 million from €111.1 million in 2011, primarily due to lower average pulp sales realizations, partially offset by a stronger U.S. dollar relative to the Euro and lower fiber costs.

Interest expense in 2012 decreased to €55.8 million from €59.0 million in 2011, primarily due to reduced debt levels associated with our Stendal mill and the conversion of our remaining convertible notes in 2011.

In 2012, Operating EBITDA decreased to €107.1 million from €167.1 million in 2011. (1 )

We reported a net loss of €12.2 million, or €0.22 per basic and diluted share, for 2012, which included a total non-cash unrealized gain of €2.5 million on Stendal interest rate and pulp price derivatives. In 2011, we reported net income of €50.1 million, or €1.00 per basic and €0.89 per diluted share, which included a non-cash unrealized loss of €1.4 million on the Stendal interest rate derivative.

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(1) See page 10 of the financial tables included in the press release for limitations on the use of Operating EBITDA as an analytical tool and a reconciliation of net income (loss) to Operating EBITDA.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The following table is a summary of selected financial information as at the dates indicated:

     Year Ended December 31, 
    2012    2011   
  (in thousands)
Financial Position      
Cash and cash equivalents  € 104,239  € 105,072  
Marketable securities   184  12,372 (1)
Working capital   208,573   247,159  
Total assets   1,183,603   1,217,250  
Long-term liabilities   768,253   807,641  
Total equity   278,925   283,542  
       
(1) Principally comprised of German federal government bonds with a maturity of less than one year.        

As at December 31, 2012, we had approximately €26.2 million and C$24.0 million available under our Rosenthal and Celgar facilities, respectively. During 2012, our Stendal mill reduced its bank indebtedness by €24.6 million and, at December 31, 2012, €452.9 million was outstanding under our Stendal mill's loan facility.

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