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Subject: Q4 Results: In Line With Expectations Date: 2/6/2003 1:16 PM
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PRESS RELEASE

Glatfelter Announces 2002 Fourth Quarter and Annual Earnings
Thursday February 6, 8:48 am ET

YORK, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 6, 2003--Glatfelter (NYSE:GLT) today
reported its fourth quarter and annual financial results for 2002.
Net income and diluted earnings per share, before unusual items, for the three months
ended December 31, 2002, were $9.8 million and $.22, respectively, compared to
net income and diluted earnings per share of $9.5 million and $.22, respectively, for
the fourth quarter of 2001.
The Company recognized a pre-tax charge of $5.7 million during the fourth quarter
of 2002, including a $4.2 million restructuring charge and a $1.5 million charge for
a contingent liability related to on-going state regulatory negotiations.
After including the impact of these charges, the Company reported net income and
diluted earnings per share of $5.6 million and $.13, respectively, for the fourth quarter
of 2002. Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2002 were $138.3 million compared with
$134.5 million in the quarter a year ago.
"Our fourth quarter financial results from operations are in line with our expectations,"
said George H. Glatfelter II, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Earnings from
operations were negatively impacted by weak domestic and global economic conditions,
which resulted in pressure on product demand and pricing, particularly in the printing
and converting portion of our business. In light of these conditions, we are pleased with
2002 sales volume, which exceeded our plan," Mr. Glatfelter said. "We believe this is
indicative of the recognition by our customers of the value we deliver as a specialty
paper provider. We have also taken action to reduce costs. Recent workforce reductions
are indicative of our commitment to make the difficult decisions necessary to effectively
manage the Company and improve financial performance," Mr. Glatfelter added.
Before unusual items, net income and diluted earnings per share for the year 2002 were
$39.5 million and $.90, respectively, versus net income and diluted earnings per share of
$46.7 million and $1.09, respectively, for the like period in 2001.
After unusual items, the Company reported net income and diluted earnings per share of
$37.6 million and $.86, respectively, in 2002, compared to $7.0 million and $.16,
respectively, for the prior year. Net sales for 2002 were $543.8 million versus $635.7
million in 2001. Approximately $90.8 million of the sales in 2001 were attributable to
the Ecusta Division, which was sold during 2001.
The Company recognized after-tax unusual item charges of $39.7 million for the year
2001, primarily related to the write-down and disposition of this division.
Headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, Glatfelter is a global manufacturer of specialty
papers and engineered products. U.S. operations include facilities in Spring Grove,
PA and Neenah, WI. International operations include facilities in Germany, France
and the Philippines. Glatfelter's common stock is traded on the New York Stock
Exchange under the ticker symbol GLT.
Any statements set forth in this press release with regard to the Company's expectations
as to industry conditions, demand for or pricing of its products, its profit improvements
and cost reductions, its projected financial results or cash flow, the impact of the Ecusta
transaction and other aspects of its business may constitute forward-looking statements
within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Although the Company makes such statements based on assumptions that it believes to
be reasonable, there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from
the Company's expectations. Factors that could cause or contribute to actual results
differing materially from such forward-looking statements are discussed in the Company's
Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Glatfelter will hold a conference call today at 11 AM EST to discuss its year-end results.
The conference call may be accessed via the Internet at the Company's website at
http://www.glatfelter.com or at the CCBN web site at http://www.ccbn.com.
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GLATFELTER
YORK, PENNSYLVANIA

SUMMARIZED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(in thousands except per-share amounts)


Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31 December 31
---------------------- ----------------------
2002 2001 2002 2001
--------- --------- --------- ---------

Net sales $138,308 $134,457 $543,823 $635,691
Cost of sales (111,005) (103,644) (426,840) (503,569)
--------- --------- --------- ---------
Gross margin 27,303 30,813 116,983 132,122
Selling, general &
administrative
expenses (11,750) (16,598) (54,259) (60,653)
Income from energy
sales - net 2,380 2,673 9,814 9,661
Unusual items (5,749)(a) - (2,241)(c) (60,908)(e)
Other income
(deductions) 324 793 2,340 3,598
Interest expense on
debt (3,886) (3,668) (15,143) (15,689)
Interest on
investments and
other - net 353 739 1,571 3,589
--------- --------- --------- ---------
Income (loss)
before income
taxes 8,975 14,752 59,065 11,720
Income taxes -
current and
deferred (3,391) (5,227) (21,470) (4,762)
--------- --------- --------- ---------
Net income
(loss) $5,584 (b) $9,525 $37,595 (d) $6,958 (f)
========= ========= ========= =========

Earnings (loss) per
share:
Basic $0.13 (b) $0.22 $0.87 (d) $0.16 (f)
Diluted $0.13 (b) $0.22 $0.86 (d) $0.16 (f)
Number of shares
used in per-share
calculations:
Basic 43,629 42,723 43,396 42,577
Diluted 43,775 43,203 43,791 42,846


(a) Includes a one-time, pretax, restructuring charge of $4,249,000
and a one-time pretax charge of $1,500,000 for a contingent
liability related to on-going state regulatory negotiations.

(b) After impact of a one-time, after-tax charge of $2,719,000, or
$.06, and a one-time, after-tax charge of $1,500,000, or $.03,
related to the charges described, respectively, in (a) above.

(c) Includes a one-time, pre-tax gain of $3,508,000 related to a
settlement with the prior owner of the Company's Schoeller &
Hoesch Division (acquired in 1998), a one-time, pretax,
restructuring charge of $4,249,000, and a one-time pretax charge
of $1,500,000 for a contingent liability related to on-going state
regulatory negotiations.

(d) After impact of a one-time, after-tax gain of $2,280,000, or $.05,
a one-time, after-tax charge of $2,719,000, or $.06, and a
one-time, after-tax charge of $1,500,000, or $.03, related to the
gain and charges described, respectively, in (c) above.

(e) One-time, pre-tax charge of $60,908,000 primarily related to the
sale of the Company's Ecusta Division.

(f) After impact of a one-time, after-tax charge of $39,709,000, or
$.93, related to the charge described in (e) above.


Contact:
Glatfelter, York
Pat Sweeney
717/225-2700
717/812-0251
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