Weyerhaeuser reports Q2 net earnings of US$196M, up from US$47M a year earlier, on net sales up 19.4% to US$2.1B; CEO calls it 'a milestone quarter' that included Longview Timber acquisition, highest net sales since 2008

FEDERAL WAY, Washington , July 26, 2013 (press release) – - Net earnings before special items increased fourfold compared with second quarter 2012

- Net sales increased approximately 20 percent to $2.1 billion, highest since 2008

- Acquired approximately 645,000 acres of unique, high-value timberlands in Washington and Oregon through purchase of Longview Timber LLC

Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) today reported net earnings to common shareholders of $196 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter. As there were no special items this period, this compares with net earnings before special items of $47 million, or 9 cents per diluted share, for the same period last year. Net sales for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $2.1 billion, compared with net sales of $1.8 billion for the second quarter of 2012.

"This was a milestone quarter for Weyerhaeuser," said Dan Fulton, president and chief executive officer. "We moved forward both strategically and operationally with the acquisition of Longview Timber LLC and by delivering strong operating results in this improving housing market."

WEYERHAEUSER FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  2013

  2013

  2012

(millions, except per share data)

  1Q

  2Q

  2Q

Net sales

  $1,951

  $2,141 

$1,793

Net earnings attributable to Weyerhaeuser common shareholders

  $144

$196

$84

Weighted average shares outstanding, diluted(1)

  551

558

540

Earnings per diluted share

$0.26

$0.35

$0.16

Net earnings before special items

$144

$196

$47

Earnings per diluted share before special items

$0.26

$0.35

$0.09

Net cash from operations

($61)

$374

$267

Net change in cash and cash equivalents(2,3)

($259)

$1,723

$133

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period(2,3)

$639

$2,362

$861

 

(¹) Weyerhaeuser's common shares outstanding increased to approximately 578 million basic shares, or 583 million shares on a diluted basis, during the second quarter of 2013 following the issuance of 29 million common shares in conjunction with the acquisition of Longview Timber LLC. The company also issued 13.8 million mandatory convertible preference shares with a conversion date of July 1, 2016. Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, the company issued an additional 4.35 million common shares in connection with the exercise of an overallotment option.

 

(²) During the second quarter of 2013, Weyerhaeuser received $1,450 million from issuance of common and mandatory convertible preference shares related to the acquisition of Longview Timber LLC. These funds are recorded as "Cash and cash equivalents designated for purchase of Longview Timber LLC" on the Consolidated Balance Sheet.

 

(³) First quarter includes $156 million for debt repayment.

TIMBERLANDS

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (millions)

1Q 2013

2Q 2013

Change

Net sales to unaffiliated customers

$293

$333

$40

Intersegment sales

224

166

(58)

Total net sales

$517

$499

($18)

Contribution to earnings

$104

$114

$10

2Q 2013 Performance - Earnings from disposition of non-strategic timberlands increased $11 million compared with the first quarter. In the West, improved selling prices for export and domestic logs were mostly offset by slightly lower fee harvest volumes, increased logging costs, and seasonally higher road and silviculture expenses. Southern fee harvest volumes and log realizations were comparable to the first quarter.

3Q 2013 Outlook - On July 23, 2013, Weyerhaeuser completed the acquisition of Longview Timber LLC. Earnings from these operations will be included in the Timberlands segment beginning in the third quarter of 2013.

Weyerhaeuser anticipates lower earnings from the Timberlands segment in the third quarter, as the positive contribution from a partial quarter of Longview Timber earnings will not offset a normal seasonal decline in the contribution from the company's existing operations. The company expects seasonally higher road and silviculture costs, weaker domestic and export prices for Western logs, and a seasonal reduction in fee harvest from existing Western operations. These should be partially offset by seasonally higher Southern harvest volumes and somewhat higher earnings from disposition of non-strategic timberlands.

WOOD PRODUCTS

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (millions)

1Q 2013

2Q 2013

Change

Net sales to unaffiliated customers

$988

$1,065

$77

Intersegment sales

18

18

0

Total net sales

$1,006

$1,083

$77

Contribution to earnings

$178

$136

($42)


2Q 2013 Performance - Lumber sales volumes improved 13 percent compared with the first quarter, and sales volumes for most other products improved slightly. These improvements were more than offset by lower average selling prices for oriented strand board and higher raw material costs. Manufacturing costs increased due to higher maintenance expense and unplanned downtime in oriented strand board and engineered wood products mills. Distribution business margins declined due to falling prices for commodity products throughout most of the second quarter.

3Q 2013 Outlook - Weyerhaeuser anticipates lower earnings from the Wood Products segment in the third quarter. The company expects substantially lower average selling prices for oriented strand board and lower lumber realizations. These should be partially offset by improved sales volumes across most product lines, lower log and maintenance costs, and improved operating rates.

CELLULOSE FIBERS

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (millions)

1Q 2013

2Q 2013

Change

Net sales

$474

$476

$2

Contribution to earnings

$31

$57

$26

2Q 2013 Performance - Maintenance costs declined and pulp mill productivity increased due to a reduction in major maintenance projects. Energy, fiber, and chemical costs declined and average pulp price realizations improved slightly.

3Q 2013 Outlook - Weyerhaeuser expects comparable earnings from the Cellulose Fibers segment in the third quarter. The company anticipates slightly higher average selling prices due to mix, slightly improved sales volumes and lower fiber and energy costs, offset by increased maintenance expense.

REAL ESTATE

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (millions)

1Q 2013

2Q 2013

Change

Net sales

$196

$267

$71

Contribution to earnings

$0

$14

$14


2Q 2013 Performance - Home closings increased seasonally to 636 single-family homes, and average margins on homes closed improved due to mix. These factors were partially offset by increased selling costs due to the higher closing volume. Second quarter results include earnings of $2 million from land and lot sales.

At the end of the second quarter the backlog of homes sold, but not closed, totaled 1,438 units, compared with 1,033 units one year ago.

3Q 2013 Outlook - Weyerhaeuser expects slightly higher earnings from single-family homebuilding in the third quarter. Single-family closing volume should increase seasonally to more than 700 single-family homes, with lower average margins due to mix. The company anticipates higher selling-related expenses due to the additional closing volume, and somewhat higher earnings from land and lot sales.

ABOUT WEYERHAEUSER
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. We own or control nearly 7 million acres of timberlands, primarily in the U.S., and manage another 14 million acres 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 and cellulose fibers products, and we develop real estate, primarily as a builder of single-family homes. Our company is a real estate investment trust. In 2012, we generated $7.1 billion in sales and employed approximately 13,200 people who serve customers worldwide. We are listed on the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index. Our common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WY.

EARNINGS CALL INFORMATION
Weyerhaeuser will hold a live conference call at 7 a.m. Pacific (10 a.m. Eastern) on July 26 to discuss second quarter results.

To access the live webcast and presentation online, go to the Investor Relations section on www.weyerhaeuser.com on July 26.

To join the conference call from within North America, dial 877-296-9413 (access code – 86488658) at least 15 minutes prior to the call. Those calling from outside North America should dial 706-679-2458 (access code – 86488658). Replays will be available for two weeks at 855-859-2056 (access code – 86488658) from within North America and at 404-537-3406 (access code – 86488658) from outside North America.


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