Resolute Forest Products (NYSE:RFP) is primarily involved in Newsprints, Specialty Papers, Wood Products and Market Pulp. As the downturn in global commodities intensified, RFP was not spared as all four of the company's business segments got hit. Management has concentrated on lowering the cost of every segment but these actions were not enough to compensate for the deterioration of prices in their respective markets.
At year-end 2016, the market price of RFP was at $5.35 per share. At $5.35 per share, the market capitalization of the company is roughly $480 million dollars. As we have explained in the past, the company continues to have consolidated sales of close to $3.6 billion and in each of its major business segments, it is a global leader. It continues to be the biggest volume producer of wood products east of the Rockies, the third largest in North America for Market Pulp, the number one producer of newsprint in the world and the largest producer in North America of uncoated mechanical paper and an emerging tissue producer. With the exception of the Wood Products segment, which continues to have revenues of approximately $500 million, the other three segments each continue to have revenues of approximately $1 billion. We believe that each of the 4 business segments could fetch at least $400 million in a normal market, and as a result, RFP may be undervalued. Continue Reading »