LP Building Solutions Reports Several Business Updates, Including Third Quarter 2021 Results
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) (NYSE: LPX) today reported its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021.
Key Highlights for the Third Quarter
-Net sales increased by 53% to $1.2 billion
-Siding Solutions net sales increased by 19% to $310 million
-OSB net sales increased by $232 million to $600 million, $225 million of which was due to higher OSB prices
-Net income attributed to LP was $365 million ($3.87 per diluted share)
-Cash provided by operating activities was $511 million
-Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $522 million
-Adjusted Diluted EPS(1) was $3.87 per share
(1)This is a non-GAAP financial measure. See “Use of Non-GAAP Information” and “Reconciliation of Net Income to Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA, Non-GAAP Adjusted Income, and Non-GAAP Adjusted Diluted EPS below”
Capital Allocation Update
-Paid $399 million in the quarter to repurchase 6.8 million shares of LP common stock
-As of September 30, 2021, 90.2 million common stock shares outstanding
-As of November 1, 2021, $157 million remaining under the $1 billion share repurchase authorization
-Paid $17 million in cash dividends during the third quarter
-Cash of $620 million as of September 30, 2021
-Declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per share
-Announces additional authorization of $500 million to repurchase LP common stock
“As expected, the third quarter saw a significant correction in OSB prices and ongoing headwinds from raw material prices and availability,” said LP Chair and Chief Executive Officer Brad Southern. “Despite these challenges, LP earned $522 million in EBITDA and $3.87 per share as Siding sales grew by 19%, EWP and South America delivered record quarters, and OSB continued to generate exceptional cash flow.”
Third Quarter 2021 Highlights
Net sales for the third quarter of 2021 increased by $424 million (or 53%) over the prior year to $1.2 billion. Siding Solutions revenue increased by $49 million (or 19%) and OSB prices increased by $225 million over the prior year period. EWP revenue increased by $98 million (or 95%) over the prior year period, primarily due to increased pricing to offset increased input costs. Additionally, South America revenue increased by $31 million (or 69%) over the prior year period due to price increases.
Net income attributed to LP for the third quarter of 2021 increased by $188 million over the prior year period to $365 million ($3.87 per diluted share) primarily due to the growth in Siding Solutions revenue and higher OSB prices, partially offset by increases in income taxes, raw material prices, freight costs, and maintenance projects. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2021 increased by $249 million over the prior year period to $522 million.
First Nine Months of 2021 Highlights
Net sales for the first nine months of 2021 increased by $1.6 billion (or 85%) over the prior year period to $3.6 billion. Siding Solutions revenue increased by $222 million (or 34%) and OSB prices increased by $1.1 billion over the prior year period. EWP revenue increased by $200 million (or 71%) over the prior year period, primarily due to increased pricing to offset increased input costs. Additionally, South America revenue increased by $84 million (or 70%) over the prior year period due to price increases.
Net income attributed to LP for the first nine months of 2021 increased by $940 million over the prior year period to $1.2 billion ($11.73 per diluted share) primarily due to the growth in Siding Solutions and the higher OSB prices. We recognized debt extinguishment charges of $11 million during the first nine months of 2021. During the first nine months of 2020, we recognized $21 million in fiber discontinuance costs, which included pre-tax impairment charges of $18 million as well as $3 million of severance costs. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2021 increased by $1.2 billion over the prior year period to $1.7 billion, primarily due to growth in Siding Solutions revenue and higher OSB prices.
The Siding segment serves diverse end markets with a broad product offering of engineered wood siding, trim, and fascia, including LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding, LP® BuilderSeries® Lap Siding, and LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® (collectively referred to as Siding Solutions).
Improvements in net sales in the Siding segment compared to the corresponding prior year periods are the result of increased sales volume, increased price, and improved product mix. Increased Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, compared to the corresponding period in prior year, is the net effect of higher revenue and increased costs for raw materials, freight, maintenance, and higher investments in sales and marketing. Costs associated with the capacity expansion project underway in Houlton, Maine increased in the third quarter, contributing to a $3 million decline in Adjusted EBITDA compared to the prior year quarter.
Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
The OSB segment manufactures and distributes OSB structural panel products including the value-added OSB portfolio known as LP Structural Solutions (LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier, LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier, LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring, and LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing) and LP® TopNotch® Sub-Flooring. OSB is manufactured using wood strands arranged in layers and bonded with resins.
For the OSB segment, increases in net sales compared to the corresponding prior year periods are largely the result of substantially higher OSB prices. Increased Adjusted EBITDA compared to the corresponding prior year periods reflect these price increase partially offset by higher costs from raw material inputs, logistics, and mill maintenance.
Engineered Wood Products (EWP)
The EWP segment is comprised of LP® SolidStart® I-Joist, Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL), and Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL) and other related products. This segment also includes the sales of I-Joist and LVL products produced by our joint venture and sales of plywood produced as a by-product of the LVL production process.
For the EWP segment, increased net sales compared to the corresponding prior year periods is predominantly due to price increases in response to significantly higher raw material input costs. Resulting increases in Adjusted EBITDA compared to the corresponding prior year periods reflect the net effect of these price and cost increases.
Our South America segment manufactures and distributes OSB structural panel and siding products in South America and certain export markets. This segment has manufacturing operations in two countries, Chile and Brazil, and operates sales offices in Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and Argentina.
Net sales in the South America segment increased compared to the corresponding prior year periods predominantly due to higher OSB and siding prices. Increased Adjusted EBITDA compared to the corresponding prior year periods reflects the effect of these price increases, partially offset by higher imported raw material costs.
Q4 2021 Outlook and 2021 Capital Expenditure Guidance
Our guidance is based on current plans and expectations and is subject to a number of known and unknown uncertainties and risks, including those set forth below under “Forward-Looking Statements.”
- We reiterate prior guidance of 10% year-over-year revenue growth for Siding Solutions in the second half of 2021, and full-year EBITDA margin of 25%, with lower volume and higher prices netting to at most 5% revenue growth for the fourth quarter of 2021, as compared to the corresponding quarter of the prior year.
- OSB revenue in the fourth quarter of 2021 is expected to be sequentially lower than the third quarter of 2021 by about 30%, provided the average OSB price for the fourth quarter is equal to the current quarter-to-date average OSB price.
- Adjusted EBITDA(2) for the fourth quarter of 2021 is expected to be greater than $200 million.
- Given our current outlook, we expect capital expenditures for 2021 to be approximately $250 million, including $95 million for the previously announced Houlton mill conversion, $20 million for the previously announced Sagola conversion, $25 million for other strategic growth projects, and $110 million for sustaining maintenance.
(2) This is a non-GAAP financial measure. With respect to Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2021, certain items that affect net income on a GAAP basis, such as product-line discontinuance charges, other operating credits and charges, net, loss on early debt extinguishment, investment income, and other non-operating items, that would be required to be included in the comparable forecasted GAAP measures without unreasonable effort. As such, the Company is unable to provide a reasonable estimate of GAAP net income, or a corresponding reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income.
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About LP Building Solutions
As a leader in high-performance building solutions, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP Building Solutions, NYSE: LPX) manufactures engineered wood building products that meet the demands of builders, remodelers, and homeowners worldwide. LP’s extensive offerings include innovative and dependable building products and accessories, such as Siding Solutions (LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding, LP® BuilderSeries® Lap Siding, and LP® Outdoor Building Solutions®), LP Structural Solutions (LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier, LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier, LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring, and LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing and more), LP® TopNotch® Sub-Flooring, and oriented strand board (OSB). In addition to product solutions, LP provides industry-leading customer service and warranties. Since its founding in 1972, LP has been Building a Better World™ by helping customers construct beautiful, durable homes while our shareholders build lasting value. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, LP operates 25 plants across the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil. For more information, visit LPCorp.com.
Aaron Howald – Investor Relations – firstname.lastname@example.org – (615) 986-5792
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