Weyerhaeuser Reports First Quarter Results

Weyerhaeuser Company reported first quarter net earnings of $681 million, or 91 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $2.5 billion. This compares with net earnings of $150 million, or 20 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $1.7 billion for the same period last year and net earnings of $292 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. There were no special items in first quarter 2021. Net earnings before special items was $138 million for the same period last year and $361 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2021 was $1.1 billion compared with $413 million for the same period last year and $657 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.

“I am extremely pleased with our first quarter results, as our businesses delivered Weyerhaeuser’s highest quarterly Adjusted EBITDA on record despite severe winter weather and supply chain disruptions,” said Devin W. Stockfish, president and chief executive officer.

“We also surpassed our previous record for Wood Products Adjusted EBITDA by more than 50 percent and announced a strategic acquisition to enhance our Alabama timberland holdings. As 2021 progresses, new residential construction activity is exhibiting remarkable momentum and repair and remodel demand remains very favorable. We remain committed to delivering operational excellence across our unmatched portfolio of assets and enhancing shareholder value through disciplined capital allocation.”

Timberlands

Q1 2021 Performance

In the West, average export log sales realizations increased from the fourth quarter, and the company shifted volume to the export market to serve higher Japanese demand. Average domestic log sales realizations were slightly lower, as salvage operations resulted in a greater mix of smaller diameter logs. Log and haul costs were higher due to increased salvage activity, and forestry expenses were seasonally lower. In the South, average sales realizations for sawlogs and fiber logs improved from the fourth quarter, while fee harvest volumes were slightly lower due to severe winter weather. Forestry and road expenses decreased seasonally.

Q2 2021 Outlook

Weyerhaeuser expects second quarter earnings and Adjusted EBITDA will be comparable to the first quarter. In the West, the company anticipates significantly higher fee harvest volumes will be offset by seasonally higher forestry and road expenses. In the South, the company expects significantly higher fee harvest volumes and comparable average sales realizations, partially offset by seasonally higher forestry and road expenses. In the North, fee harvest volumes will decrease significantly due to spring break-up.

Real Estate, Energy & Natural Resources

Q1 2021 Performance

Real estate sales increased compared with the fourth quarter due to a significantly higher number of acres sold. Average price per acre and average land basis decreased due to the mix of properties sold.

Q2 2021 Outlook

Weyerhaeuser anticipates second quarter earnings and Adjusted EBITDA will be moderately lower than first quarter 2021 due to the timing of real estate transactions. The company continues to expect full year 2021 Adjusted EBITDA for the segment will be approximately $255 million.

Wood Products

Q1 2021 Performance

Benchmark prices for lumber and oriented strand board reached new record levels in the first quarter, and average sales realizations for lumber and oriented strand board increased 42 percent and 22 percent, respectively, compared with fourth quarter averages. Average realizations for engineered wood products also improved as the company captured the benefit of previously announced price increases. These improvements were partially offset by higher raw material costs, primarily for Canadian logs and oriented strand board webstock. Operating rates in lumber and engineered wood products decreased slightly as a result of weather-related downtime in the U.S. South. Lumber sales volumes were modestly lower as customer takeaway and supply chains were temporarily disrupted following the severe winter weather.

Q2 2021 Outlook

Excluding the effect of changes in average sales realizations for lumber and oriented strand board, the company expects second quarter earnings and Adjusted EBITDA will be significantly higher than the first quarter. The company anticipates higher sales volumes for lumber and increased sales realizations for engineered wood products will be partially offset by higher raw material costs, primarily for oriented strand board webstock, and lower operating rates for oriented strand board due to planned maintenance outages. To date, second quarter benchmark pricing for lumber and oriented strand board is significantly higher than the first quarter average.

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About Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. We own or control approximately 11 million acres of timberlands in the U.S. and manage additional timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada. We manage these timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. We are also one of the largest manufacturers of wood products in North America. Our company is a real estate investment trust. In 2020, we generated $7.5 billion in net sales and employed approximately 9,400 people who serve customers worldwide. We are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. Our common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WY. Learn more at www.weyerhaeuser.com.

Contact:

Nancy Thompson – Media Relations – (919) 861-0342

Source: Weyerhaeuser Company