* Q1 core EBIT 36 mln euros vs 42 mln in poll
* Repeats sees core EBIT growing 5-15 pct in 2014
* Shares down 0.9 pct
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HELSINKI, April 23 Finnish chemicals group
Kemira reported a surprise fall in its quarterly
earnings as a mild European winter cut sales of its de-icing
products to airports.
The company also cited the higher euro foreign exchange rate
hitting its sales as it posted an adjusted operating profit of
36 million euros ($50 million), down 14 percent from a year ago
and missing analysts' average forecast of 42 million.
Kemira's ChemSolutions unit, home to its de-icing products,
fell to a quarterly loss.
Last month, the group divested its troubled formic acid
business as it focuses on its core water treatment operations.
Kemira repeated its full-year forecast for 5-15 percent
Analyst Antti Saari from Pohjola Markets said the firm might
need another cost-cutting programme.
"It looks like they lost cost control again ... the
full-year outlook looks more challenging now, it requires a lot
of work," Saari said.
He also said cutting costs promptly could prove difficult
for Kemira as it is changing its chief executive next month.
Shares in the company fell 3.3 percent in early Helsinki
trade, but recovered some ground and were down 0.9 percent at
10.60 euros by 0710 GMT.
Media reports have suggested that Kemira's Dutch peer Akzo
Nobel might seek a buyer for its paper chemical
operations with sales of 250 million euros. Pohjola analyst
Saari said Kemira could be looking for such deal.
"The business and the asset's size would suit Kemira well,
but the price could get quite high."
($1 = 0.7248 Euros)
(Reporting by Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by Mark Potter)