Neenah Paper, Inc.
), a global manufacturer of technical products and fine papers,
recently relaunched its Environment Papers premium recycled
papers line with new natural colors and a uniquely tactile
finish. With this, Neenah Paper's product portfolio will conform
to evolving market standards and make it a perfect fit for
sustainable communication programs, luxury packaging and all
digital print applications.
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The upgraded product line is based on feedback from extensive
market research and customer insights. The improvised Environment
Papers includes seven new natural colors with descriptive names
like Grocer Kraft, Honeycomb, Weathered and Concrete. The
products, manufactured under sustainable practices, also offer
matching envelopes in 19 styles. In addition to the proprietary
RAW finish, the new product line provides a consistently superior
With such improvisations, Neenah Paper is likely to see healthy
growth in the forthcoming quarters. Neenah Paper also witnessed
strong revenue and earnings growth in the fourth quarter of 2013,
recording a 30% year-over-year increase in adjusted earnings on a
per share basis. Revenues increased on the back of consistently
strong growth in the company's Technical Products and Fine Paper
segments despite headwinds like rising material costs.
Operational synergies from the acquired Southworth brands helped
Neenah Paper to succeed in its go-to-market strategy as well as
drive higher-value price and mix. Despite higher pulp prices, the
company's manufacturing efficiencies and improved productivity
have ensured sustainable margin expansion. While focusing on its
core areas of expertise, Neenah Paper is also striving to
diversify its product portfolio in order to drive further growth.
Neenah Paper looks well positioned to capitalize on opportunities
in growing markets through both organic and inorganic means. With
a strong balance sheet, healthy cash flow and effective
management, the company appears poised to exploit value-added
opportunities to bolster its prospects.
Neenah Paper currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other stocks
that look promising in the industry and are worth looking into
Resolute Forest Products Inc.
), carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), and
Fibria Celulose SA
Clearwater Paper Corp.
), both carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).