International Paper Nearly Doubles Year Over Year Earnings
Friday, July 29, 2011
Press release from the issuing company
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – International Paper today reported second-quarter 2011 net earnings attributable to common shareholders totaling $224 million ($ $0.52 per share) compared with net earnings of $342 million ($0.78 per share) in the first-quarter of 2011 and $93 million ($0.21 per share) in the second-quarter of 2010. Amounts in all periods include the impact of special items.
Earnings from continuing operations and before special items in the 2011 second-quarter totaled $343 million ($0.80 per share), compared with $322 million ($0.74 per share) in the first- quarter of 2011 and $181 million ($0.42 per share) in the second-quarter of 2010.
Quarterly net sales were $6.6 billion in the second-quarter compared with $6.4 billion in the first-quarter of 2011 and $6.1 billion in the second-quarter of 2010.
Operating profits were $483 million in the second-quarter of 2011, compared with $585 million in the first-quarter of 2011 and $353 million in the second-quarter of 2010, all of which included special items.
"In what remains a slow and extended economic recovery, International Paper continues to demonstrate solid performance and strong free cash flow," said John Faraci, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are the only paper and packaging company in the world with a truly global footprint, and it's this balanced global portfolio, along with favorable cost management and a sharp focus on operations that have driven our results the last four quarters."
To measure the performance of the company's business segments from quarter-to-quarter without variations caused by special items, management focuses on business segment operating profits excluding those items. Second-quarter 2011 segment operating profits and business trends, excluding special items, compared with the prior quarter are as follows:
Industrial Packaging operating profit was $269 million compared with an operating profit of $274 million ($279 million including special items) in the first-quarter of 2011. Second-quarter earnings were positively impacted by seasonally higher box shipments (generating 150 thousand tons of higher shipments), partly offset by increased mill outage costs. In addition, area flooding near the Vicksburg, Mississippi, mill caused a 49 day shutdown, approximately 80,000 tons of lost production and expenses of approximately $20 million in the quarter. Despite the lost production our domestic customers experienced no supply interruptions.
Printing Papers operating profit was $222 million ($243 million including special items) compared with an operating profit of $209 million ($201 million including special items) in the first-quarter of 2011. The second-quarter earnings improvement in North America of $32 million versus the first-quarter of 2011 reflected improved mill operations, lower planned maintenance expense, partially offset by continued increases for input and distribution fuel costs. Earnings in Europe and Brazil decreased primarily due to higher mill maintenance outage costs.
Consumer Packaging operating profit was $98 million (a loss of $33 million including special items) compared with an operating profit of $101 million ($100 million including special items) in the first-quarter of 2011. Further price realization and strong manufacturing performance helped mitigate escalating input costs in both North America and Asia and higher mill outage costs.
xpedx, the company's North American distribution business, reported operating earnings of $14 million ($4 million including special items) compared with $12 million in the first-quarter of 2011 ($5 million including special items). The improvement in earnings was due to higher sales volumes and lower operating costs partially offset by lower margins.
Net corporate expenses for the 2011 second-quarter totaled $36 million, compared with $44 million in the first-quarter of 2011 and $54 million in the second-quarter of 2010. The decrease compared with both the 2011 first-quarter and 2010 second-quarter reflects lower supply chain project costs. The decrease compared with the 2010 second-quarter also reflects lower pension costs.
EFFECTIVE TAX RATE
The effective tax rate from continuing operations and before special items was 33% in both the second-quarter and first-quarter of 2011.
EFFECTS OF SPECIAL ITEMS
Special items in the second-quarter of 2011 included a pre-tax gain of $10 million ($7 million after taxes) for restructuring and other charges, a pre-tax charge of $129 million ($104 million after taxes) for a fixed asset impairment of an asset group within the Consumer Packaging segment, a $27 million pre-tax charge ($17 million after taxes) for an environmental reserve related to the Company's property in Cass Lake, Minnesota, and a $5 million tax expense related to state tax legislative changes and audit settlements. Restructuring and other charges included a pre-tax gain of $21 million ($13 million after taxes) related to the reversal of an environmental reserve due to the announced repurposing of a portion of the Franklin mill to produce fluff pulp, pre-tax charges of $10 million ($6 million after taxes) for costs associated with the restructuring of our xpedx operations and pre-tax charges of $1 million ($0 million after taxes) for other items.
Special items in the first-quarter of 2011 included pre-tax charges of $45 million ($28 million after taxes) for restructuring and other charges, a loss of $8 million (before and after taxes) for asset impairment charges at our Inverurie, Scotland mill which was closed in 2009 and a $7 million gain (before and after taxes) for a bargain purchase price adjustment on an acquisition by our joint venture in Turkey. Restructuring and other charges included pre-tax charges of $32 million ($19 million after taxes) for early debt extinguishment costs, $3 million ($2 million after taxes) for severance and benefit costs associated with the company's 2008 overhead cost reduction initiative, $7 million ($4 million after taxes) for costs associated with the restructuring of our xpedx operations and $3 million (before and after taxes) for other items.
Special items in the second-quarter of 2010 included a pre-tax charge of $144 million ($88 million after taxes) for restructuring and other charges. Restructuring and other charges included a $111 million pre-tax charge ($68 million after taxes) associated with the closure of the Franklin mill (including $46 million of accelerated depreciation charges and $36 million related to environmental reserves), an $18 million pre-tax charge ($11 million after taxes) for early debt extinguishment costs, a pre-tax charge of $11 million ($7 million after taxes) for an Ohio Commercial Activity tax adjustment and pre-tax charges of $4 million ($2 million after taxes) for other items.
The company will hold a webcast to review earnings at 9:00 a.m. EDT / 8:00 a.m. CDT today. All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast live via the company's Internet site at http://www.internationalpaper.com by clicking on the Investors tab and going to the Presentations page. A replay of the webcast will also be available beginning approximately two hours after the call. Parties who wish to participate in the webcast via teleconference may dial +1 (706) 679-8242 or, within the U.S. only, (877) 316-2541 and ask to be connected to the International Paper Second-quarter Earnings Call. The conference ID number is 75010643 Participants should call in no later than 8:45 a.m. EDT/7:45 a.m. CDT. An audio-only replay will be available for four weeks following the call. To access the replay, dial +1 (706) 645-9291 or, within the U.S. only, (800) 642-1687, and when prompted for the conference ID, enter 75010643.
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global paper and packaging company with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging, complemented by xpedx, the company's North American distribution company. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee the company employs about 59,500 people in more than 24 countries and serves customers worldwide. 2010 net sales were more than $25 billion. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit internationalpaper.com.
Certain statements in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements. These statements reflect management's current views and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Factors which could cause actual results to differ include but are not limited to: (i) increases in interest rates; (ii) industry conditions, including but not limited to changes in the cost or availability of raw materials, energy and transportation costs, competition we face, cyclicality and changes in consumer preferences, demand and pricing for our products; (iii) global economic conditions and political changes, including but not limited to the impairment of financial institutions, changes in currency exchange rates, credit ratings issued by recognized credit rating organizations, the amount of our future pension funding obligation, changes in tax laws and pension and health care costs; (iv) unanticipated expenditures related to the cost of compliance with existing and new environmental and other governmental regulations and to actual or potential litigation; (v) whether we experience a material disruption at one of our manufacturing facilities and risks inherent in conducting business through a joint venture; and (vi) our ability to achieve the benefits we expect from strategic acquisitions and divestitures. These and other factors that could cause or contribute to actual results differing materially from such forward looking statements are discussed in greater detail in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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