RFP Resolute Forest Products
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 30, 2020
RESOLUTE FOREST PRODUCTS INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
Resolute Forest Products Inc.
111 Robert-Bourassa Blvd., Suite 5000
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 2M1
(Address, including zip code, of principal executive offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (514)875-2160
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|Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share||RFP|
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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS AND FINANCIAL CONDITION
On April 30, 2020, Resolute Forest Products Inc. (the “Company”) reported its earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. A copy of the press release containing the information is furnished as exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information contained and incorporated in Item 2.02 of this Current Report on Form8-K is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Risk Factor Update
The Company is supplementing the risk factors described under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in its Annual Report on Form10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, (“Form10-K”) with the additional risk factor set forth below. This supplemental risk factor should be read in conjunction with the other risk factors described in the Form10-K, which have been heightened by this additional risk factor.
We face various risks related to the novel coronavirus (or“COVID-19”)
The outbreak of theCOVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has had, and could continue to have a negative impact on financial markets, economic conditions and portions of our business. While we are unable to predict the extent, nature and duration of these impacts at this time, the globalCOVID-19 pandemic could negatively affect our business and results of operations, as well as the market price of our securities, in a number of ways, including the following:
While we expect to continue to operate in all of our business segments in Canada and the United States, we have reduced our operational footprint to levels consistent with essential needs for the duration of the crisis, including by the temporary idling of certain machines or facilities of our operations and implementing temporary layoffs. Further adjustments to our operational footprint, temporary or permanent, could be made as the pandemic situation develops.
TheCOVID-19 pandemic could accelerate the secular demand decline for paper products like those we manufacture as widespread confinement is altering consumer habits. The decline in demand and altered habits could become permanent.
The construction slowdown in North America has resulted in a decline in demand for wood products. Given the impact ofCOVID-19 on the local and global economy, which affects housing starts, the demand for wood products could continue to be affected even after the public health measures are lifted.
If the demand for wood products continues to fall and we reduce harvesting and sawmill activity as a result, we could have greater difficulty obtaining the supply of timber and wood fiber required for our operations at favorable prices, or at all.
There is increased risk that we may not obtain raw materials, chemicals and other required supplies in timely fashion and at favorable prices due to the impact of the reduced economic activity as a result ofCOVID-19 on our suppliers, which could affect our production output.
Additional trade restrictions or barriers could also affect negatively our supply chain as well as the sales or distribution of our products.
The impact of the reduced economic activity as a result ofCOVID-19 on our customers could increase our risk of credit exposure.
Although the forest products industry has generally been recognized as critical or essential in locations where we operate, the current health restrictions, including social distancing measures, are having an impact on how our workers can fulfill their duties, and limits the number of employees we can have in our operations, which in turn could impact our production output and costs.
It could be difficult or costly to restart certain of our temporarily idled operations, and we could face personnel shortages if employees are no longer available or amenable to return to work.
Further, should any key employees become ill fromCOVID-19 or unable to work, the attention of our management team could be diverted.
The reduced operations and staffing in our facilities and remote working conditions could increase the risk ofnon-compliance and incidents.
In an effort to preserve liquidity, we expect to suspend or defer capital projects, as well as other strategic initiatives. Strategies to increase earnings power or generate additional cash flow, including acquisitions, divestitures and other transactions could be delayed or not materialize given the current economic uncertainty. In response to theCOVID-19 pandemic, we could decide to permanently shut down machines or facilities and be required to record significant closure costs, long-lived asset impairments or accelerated depreciation charges.
The economic uncertainty resulting from theCOVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing decline in financial market returns andlow-interest rate environment could result in an increase in the amount by which our pension plans are underfunded by the next measurement date atyear-end. This could result in a significant increase in the amount of our required future pension contributions, which could have an adverse effect on our financial condition.
If we don’t generate enough cash to fund our short-term or long-term obligations, we may have to draw further on our credit facilities to meet our obligations or seek additional sources of liquidity. The economic uncertainty resulting fromCOVID-19 and recent downgrades of our credit ratings could lead to greater difficulty in obtaining additional financing on favorable terms.
TheCOVID-19 pandemic, including governmental responses, broad economic impacts, market disruptions and changes in consumer habits, has heightened the risks related to the other risk factors described in our Annual Report on Form10-K for December 31, 2019, and should be read in conjunction therewith.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS
|99.1||Resolute Forest Products press release dated April 30, 2020 containing financial information for its quarter ended March 31, 2020.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|RESOLUTE FOREST PRODUCTS INC.|
|Date: April 30, 2020||By:||/s/ Jacques P. Vachon|
Name: Jacques P. Vachon
Title: Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer