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RFP is a global leader in the forest products industry, including newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products. RFP owns/operates over 40 pulp, paper, tissue and wood products facilities, as well as power generation assets in the United States and Canada. At a 43% market share, RFP is the largest North American newsprint producer by capacity. The firm also has 1.7 million tons/yr of market pulp capacity across its US and Canadian mills. RFP makes NBSK, SBSK, NBHK, SBHK, fluff, and recycled bleached kraft (RBK) pulp. The company trades under the ticker "RFP" on both the NYSE and the TSX. (11 Dec 2018)

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Paper Trails: KPERST New CEO, SEE Change and More

Paper Trails: 17 Dec 2018, 4:21 AM ET - Our weekly recap is stuffed with industry related news. KPERST appoints new CEO and will PIK interest, SEE announced a new strategic plan to drive growth, BLL to exit China and METSA lowered its 4Q18 guidance....

Ball Corporation: Exiting China

HY Note: 14 Dec 2018, 6:03 AM ET - BLL announced that it is divesting its owned assets in China. We review the announcement and update thoughts on the credit. 

Transcript: 2018 IG & Crossover Conf-Basics Panel

Transcript: 11 Dec 2018, 5:51 AM ET - We present a transcript of the Basic Industries Panel discussion given at the CreditSights Investment Grade & Crossover conference on December 4, 2018.

Paper Trails: Soft Pulp, Buy or Build, And More...

Paper Trails: 10 Dec 2018, 4:25 AM ET - We present pulp and paper monthly data, as we note softness developing in the pulp markets. Lecta was weaker on the week due to concerns for management pursuing leveraging M&A. 

Paper Trails: Stocking Pre-Stuffed

Paper Trails: 03 Dec 2018, 4:26 AM ET - Our weekly recap was stocked with news, including WRK Sr. Notes issuance, comments from IP and UFS at an industry conference last week and our Pulp and Paper monthly previews. Also, the US/China reached a deal to suspend new tariffs. 

Paper Trails: Earnings and Containerboard Data

Paper Trails: 19 Nov 2018, 4:24 AM ET - Mixed earnings from several names in our HY space and SIGCBL's one-notch upgrade to BB+ by S&P headlines our weekly market recap. We also provide a preview of our October containerboard monthly data recap.

Paper Trails: Upgrades, Buybacks, Pulp Market View

Paper Trails: 12 Nov 2018, 4:04 AM ET - Good earnings from RYAM and LPX highlight the week plus an upgrade to IG for STERV. We highlight commentary from the London Pulp Conference from RISI competitor Hawkins Wright.

RYAM 3Q18: China, No Worries

Earnings Note: 06 Nov 2018, 10:11 PM ET - Despite equity market jitters around the future impact of Chinese tariffs, RYAM posted a solid 3Q18 with no change to its outlook, and increased expected synergies.
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RFP 3Q18: Good, Still Not That Great

Earnings Note: 01 Nov 2018, 10:46 PM ET - RFP has been fortunate to raise cash via non-core asset sales and refunded duties. However the deployment of cash is of concern to bondholders, as management declared a special dividend.  

October 2018 US Company Recommendation Changes

US Company Recommendation Changes: 31 Oct 2018, 10:03 PM ET - Our monthly report provides executive summaries for the twenty-eight company recommendation changes made on North American companies during the month of October.

Crown Holdings: S&P Upgrade, Still M&A Risk Ahead

Worth Watching: 19 Oct 2018, 1:09 PM ET - Crown Holdings (CCK, Ba2/BB+) issuer rating was upgraded to BB+ from BB by S&P ratings. Additionally, CCK's senior secured rating was upgraded to BBB- from BB+. According to S&P, the upgrade reflects the company's integration of Signode and its ..

Paper Trails: North American 3Q18 Earnings Preview

Paper Trails: 16 Oct 2018, 5:17 AM ET - We present our North American earnings preview for 3Q18. We include earnings estimates as well as commentary on commodities, market returns for the quarter and our thoughts on what to listen for on the calls. 

Paper Trails: Hurricanes, Forecasts, Volatility

Paper Trails: 15 Oct 2018, 9:18 AM ET - This week's market recap is headlined by a containerboard market forecast from RISI's annual conference. Hurricane Michael showed some impact on production. Equity market volatility impacted HY. 

US Strategy: What to Watch for on 3Q Earning Calls

Strategy Analysis: 11 Oct 2018, 4:37 AM ET - We surveyed our analyst teams for key sector level issues they will be paying close attention to with upcoming third quarter earnings calls beyond the typical sales, margins and earnings guidance. 

Paper Trails: RFP to Sell Catawba, Macro Data

Paper Trails: 08 Oct 2018, 8:29 PM ET - Resolute's agreement to sell its Catawba pulp and paper mill headlines our weekly market recap. We also provide our Paper and Pulp Monthly Data Recaps. 
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Resolute Forest Products: Non Core Divestitures

HY Note: 03 Oct 2018, 4:29 AM ET - RFP has engaged in transactions since the close of 2Q18 that have improved its balance sheet. We update our view on the credit. 

Paper Trails: Containerboard and SIG's IPO

Paper Trails: 01 Oct 2018, 3:39 AM ET - Included in this week's market summary is our August Containerboard data recap as well as news on the pricing of SIGCBL's IPO on the SIX Swiss exchange. S&P also revised OSBCN's outlook from Stable to Positive. 

Paper Trails: Newsprint in the Headlines, SIG IPO

Paper Trails: 03 Sep 2018, 7:36 PM ET - The ITC's ruling to cancel newsprint duties, SIGCBL's plans for an IPO and earnings reports from CELARA and PROGRP headline this week's market recap. 
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Resolute Forest Products: ITC Ends Newsprint Duty

Worth Watching: 03 Sep 2018, 5:44 PM ET - Resolute Forest Products (RFP B2/B+, SELL) and the rest of the newspaper industry received positive news during the slow holiday week. The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled on August 29th that imports of uncoated groundwo ..

Paper Trails: KPERST Rebounds, RFP Upgrade

Paper Trails: 20 Aug 2018, 4:40 AM ET - This week's recap includes our review of KPERST's 2Q18 in line earnings and our thoughts RFP's one notch upgrade by Moody's. We also provide a first look at containerboard data and pricing updates for pulp and boxboard. 

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