Clearwater Paper reports Q1 income of US$16.6M, from US$12.1M a year ago, on sales up 15% to US$488.2M; performance credited to continued strength in paperboard business, improvements in tissue, while higher prices in both helped to offset inflation 

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SPOKANE, Washington , April 28, 2022 (press release) –

Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW), a premier supplier of quality tissue and bleached paperboard products, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. 

FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Delivered strong performance due to continued strength in the paperboard business and improvements in tissue 
  • Higher pricing in both businesses helping to offset inflation 
  • Net sales of $488 million, up 15% compared to the first quarter of last year 
  • Net income of $17 million, or $0.97 per diluted share 
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $59 million 
  • Reduced net debt by $31 million in the quarter 

"Our performance in the first quarter exceeded our expectations due to strong operational execution and improved pricing in both businesses,” said Arsen Kitch, president and chief executive officer. “Our paperboard business continued to experience strong demand and pricing, and we were able to produce and sell more volume than anticipated. Our tissue volumes stabilized, and pricing improved, which drove performance improvement relative to the fourth quarter of last year.” 

OVERALL RESULTS 

For the first quarter of 2022, Clearwater Paper reported net sales of $488 million, a 15% increase compared to net sales of $426 million for the first quarter of 2021. Net income for the first quarter of 2022 was $17 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared to net income for the first quarter of 2021 of $12 million, or $0.71 per diluted share. On a non-GAAP basis, Clearwater Paper reported adjusted net income in the first quarter of 2022 of $18 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2021 adjusted net income of $12 million, or $0.69 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $59 million, compared to the first quarter of 2021 Adjusted EBITDA of $54 million. 

Pulp and Paperboard Products Segment

Net sales in the Pulp and Paperboard Products segment were $266 million for the first quarter of 2022, up 21% compared to first quarter 2021 net sales of $220 million. Segment operating income for the first quarter of 2022 was $50 million compared to $25 million for the first quarter of 2021. Adjusted EBITDA for the segment was $60 million in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $34 million in the first quarter of 2021. The increase in operating income and Adjusted EBITDA was driven by higher sales prices offset by inflation, specifically related to chemicals, freight and energy. 

Paperboard Sales Volumes and Prices: 

• Paperboard sales volumes were 201,356 tons in the first quarter of 2022, a decrease of 3% compared to 206,712 tons in the first quarter of 2021. 

• Paperboard average net selling price increased 23% to $1,263 per ton for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $1,028 per ton in the first quarter of 2021. 

Consumer Products Segment

Net sales in the Consumer Products segment were $223 million for the first quarter of 2022, up 7% compared to the first quarter 2021 net sales of $208 million. Segment operating income for the first quarter of 2022 was $1 million compared to operating income of $18 million in the first quarter of 2021. Adjusted EBITDA for the segment was $16 million in the first quarter of 2022, down from $35 million in the first quarter of 2021. The decrease in operating income and Adjusted EBITDA was driven by higher input costs due to inflation, specifically related to pulp and transportation partially offset by higher sales prices. 

Retail Tissue Sales Volumes and Prices: 

• Retail tissue volumes sold were 75,426 tons in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 7% compared to 70,762 tons in the first quarter of 2021. 

• Retail tissue selling prices increased 4% to $2,872 per ton in the first quarter of 2022, compared to $2,758 per ton in the first quarter of 2021. 

COMPANY OUTLOOK 

“Our first quarter performance represents a strong start to 2022. Inflationary pressures are expected to persist in 2022, which we are offsetting with higher sales prices that were previously announced and operational improvements. Given our strong performance and improved outlook for the year, we are on track to achieve our leverage ratio sooner than anticipated and are resuming our previously approved stock repurchase program,” concluded Kitch. 

WEBCAST INFORMATION 

Clearwater Paper Corporation will discuss these results during an earnings conference call that begins at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time today. A live webcast and accompanying supplemental information will be available on the company's website at http://ir.clearwaterpaper.com. A replay of today's conference call will be available on the website at https://ir.clearwaterpaper.com/investors/events-and-presentations beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time today. 

ABOUT CLEARWATER PAPER 

Clearwater Paper is a premier supplier of private brand tissue to major retailers, including grocery, club, mass merchants, and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters, and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting, and cutting. Clearwater Paper's employees build shareholder value by developing strong relationships through quality and service. 

USE OF NON-GAAP MEASURES 

In this press release, the company presents certain non-GAAP financial information for the first quarter of 2022 and 2021, including adjusted income and Adjusted EBITDA. Because these amounts are not in accordance with GAAP, reconciliations to net income as determined in accordance with GAAP are included in the tables at the end of this press release. The company presents these non-GAAP amounts because management believes they assist investors and analysts in comparing the company's performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that the company does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance. In addition, the company uses Adjusted EBITDA: (i) as factors in evaluating management’s performance when determining incentive compensation, (ii) to evaluate the effectiveness of the company's business strategies, and (iii) because the company's credit agreement and the indentures governing the company's outstanding notes use metrics similar to Adjusted EBITDA to measure the company's compliance with certain covenants. 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS 

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as amended, including statements regarding product demand, cash generation, performance improvements, market conditions, debt reduction and share repurchases, performance improvements, market conditions, and mitigation of inflationary pressures. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions, and projections that are subject to change, and actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operations, our suppliers' operations and our customer demand; competitive pricing pressures for our products, including as a result of increased capacity as additional manufacturing facilities are operated by our competitors and the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on the pricing of products globally; customer acceptance and timing and quantity of purchases of our tissue products, including the existence of sufficient demand for and the quality of tissue produced by our expanded Shelby, North Carolina operations; the loss of, changes in prices in regard to, or reduction in, orders from a significant customer; changes in the cost and availability of wood fiber and wood pulp; changes in transportation costs and disruptions in transportation services; changes in customer product preferences and competitors' product offerings; cyber-security risks; larger competitors having operational, financial and other advantages; consolidation and vertical integration of converting operations in the paperboard industry; our ability to successfully implement our operational efficiencies and cost savings strategies, along with related capital projects; changes in the U.S. and international economies and in general economic conditions in the regions and industries in which we operate; manufacturing or operating disruptions, including IT system and IT system implementation failures, equipment malfunctions and damage to our manufacturing facilities; changes in costs for and availability of packaging supplies, chemicals, energy and maintenance and repairs; labor disruptions; cyclical industry conditions; changes in expenses, required contributions and potential withdrawal costs associated with our pension plans; environmental liabilities or expenditures and climate change; reliance on a limited number of third-party suppliers for raw materials; our ability to attract, motivate, train and retain qualified and key personnel; our substantial indebtedness and ability to service our debt obligations and restrictions on our business from debt covenants and terms; changes in our banking relations and our customer supply chain financing; negative changes in our credit agency ratings; and changes in laws, regulations or industry standards affecting our business and other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in the company's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements based on new developments or changes in the company's expectations after the date of this press release. 

Clearwater Paper Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

  

  

  

Quarter Ended March 31,

(In millions, except per-share data)

  

2022

  

  

2021

  

Net sales 

488.2 

  

425.9 

  

Costs and expenses: 

  

  

Cost of sales 

  

422.0 

  

  

370.6 

  

Selling, general and administrative expenses 

  

32.8 

  

  

27.8 

  

Other operating charges, net 

  

0.5 

  

  

0.4 

  

Total operating costs and expenses 

  

455.3 

  

  

398.8 

  

Income from operations 

  

32.9 

  

  

27.1 

  

Interest expense, net 

  

(8.6 

  

(9.3 

Debt retirement costs 

  

(0.2 

  

— 

  

Other non-operating expense 

  

(1.4 

  

(2.5 

Total non-operating expense 

  

(10.3 

  

(11.8 

Income before income taxes 

  

22.6 

  

  

15.3 

  

Income tax provision 

  

6.0 

  

  

3.2 

  

Net income 

16.6 

  

12.1 

  

  

  

  

Net income per common share: 

  

  

Basic 

0.99 

  

0.73 

  

Diluted 

  

0.97 

  

  

0.71 

  

  

  

  

Average shares outstanding (in thousands): 

  

  

Basic 

  

16,728 

  

  

16,647 

  

Diluted 

  

17,073 

  

  

16,979 

  

Clearwater Paper Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

  

  

  

(In millions)

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

Assets 

  

  

Current assets: 

  

  

Cash and cash equivalents 

36.4 

  

25.2 

  

Receivables, net 

  

172.3 

  

  

167.4 

  

Inventories 

  

281.8 

  

  

277.7 

  

Other current assets 

  

17.0 

  

  

16.9 

  

Total current assets 

  

507.5 

  

  

487.2 

  

Property, plant and equipment 

  

2,963.2 

  

  

2,961.5 

  

Accumulated depreciation 

  

(1,903.3 

  

(1,879.7 

Property, plant and equipment, net 

  

1,059.9 

  

  

1,081.8 

  

Other assets, net 

  

115.7 

  

  

121.1 

  

Total Assets 

1,683.1 

  

1,690.1 

  

  

  

  

Liabilities and stockholders' equity 

  

  

Current liabilities: 

  

  

Current portion of long-term debt 

1.6 

  

1.6 

  

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 

  

254.5 

  

  

252.5 

  

Total current liabilities 

  

256.1 

  

  

254.1 

  

Long-term debt 

  

617.7 

  

  

637.6 

  

Liability for pension and other postretirement employee benefits 

  

72.8 

  

  

73.6 

  

Deferred tax liabilities and other long-term obligations 

  

206.5 

  

  

213.1 

  

Total liabilities 

  

1,153.2 

  

  

1,178.3 

  

  

  

  

Stockholders' equity: 

  

  

Common stock 

  

— 

  

  

— 

  

Additional paid-in capital 

  

24.1 

  

  

23.6 

  

Retained earnings 

  

547.3 

  

  

530.7 

  

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax 

  

(41.4 

  

(42.6 

Total stockholders' equity 

  

530.0 

  

  

511.7 

  

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity 

1,683.1 

 

1,690.1 

  

Clearwater Paper Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

  

Quarter Ended March 31,

(In millions)

  

2022

  

  

2021

  

Operating activities

  

  

Net income 

16.6 

  

12.1 

  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows provided by operating activities: 

  

  

Depreciation and amortization 

  

25.4 

  

  

26.8 

  

Equity-based compensation expense 

  

0.7 

  

  

2.4 

  

Deferred taxes 

  

(2.2 

  

(0.4 

Defined benefit pension and other postretirement employee benefits 

  

0.7 

  

  

1.7 

  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities: 

  

  

(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable 

  

(10.6 

  

25.7 

  

Increase in inventory 

  

(4.2 

  

(29.7 

Increase in other current assets 

  

— 

  

  

(0.2 

Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued liabilities 

  

13.9 

  

  

(6.2 

Other, net 

  

0.7 

  

  

1.7 

  

Net cash flows provided by operating activities 

  

41.1 

  

  

33.8 

  

Investing activities

  

  

Additions to property, plant and equipment, net 

  

(7.9 

  

(11.1 

Net cash flows used in investing activities 

  

(7.9 

  

(11.1 

Financing activities

  

  

Repayments of long-term debt 

  

(20.4 

  

(0.4 

Proceeds from sale of stock under employee awards 

  

(1.5 

  

(1.6 

Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards 

  

— 

  

  

0.5 

  

Net cash flows used in financing activities 

  

(21.9 

  

(1.4 

  

  

  

Increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 

  

11.3 

  

  

21.2 

  

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period 

  

26.2 

  

  

36.9 

  

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period 

37.5 

  

58.2 

  

Clearwater Paper Corporation

Segment Information

(Unaudited)

  

  

  

Quarter Ended March 31,

(In millions)

  

2022

  

  

2021

  

Segment net sales: 

  

  

Pulp and Paperboard 

266.2 

  

219.7 

  

Consumer Products 

  

223.0 

  

  

208.4 

  

Eliminations 

  

(1.1 

  

(2.2 

Net sales 

488.2 

  

425.9 

  

  

  

  

Operating income (loss): 

  

  

Pulp and Paperboard 

50.3 

  

25.0 

  

Consumer Products 

  

0.9 

  

  

17.9 

  

Corporate and eliminations 

  

(17.8 

  

(15.5 

Other operating charges, net 1

  

(0.5 

  

(0.4 

Income from operations 

32.9 

  

27.1 

  

1

 

Other operating charges, net consist of amounts unrelated to ongoing core operating activities. Please refer to Note 8 within Clearwater Paper's Form 10-Q filed with the SEC for the period end March 31, 2022 for the detailed breakout of this amount. 

Clearwater Paper Corporation

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA

(Unaudited)

  

  

Quarter Ended March 31,

(In millions)

  

2022

  

  

2021

  

Net income 

16.6 

  

12.1 

  

Add back: 

  

  

Income tax provision 

  

6.0 

  

  

3.2 

  

Interest expense, net 

  

8.6 

  

  

9.3 

  

Depreciation and amortization 

  

25.4 

  

  

26.8 

  

Other operating charges, net1

  

0.5 

  

  

0.4 

  

Debt retirement costs 

  

0.2 

  

  

— 

  

Other non-operating expense 

  

1.4 

  

  

2.5 

  

Adjusted EBITDA 

58.9 

  

54.3 

  

  

  

  

Pulp and Paperboard segment income 

50.3 

  

25.0 

  

Depreciation and amortization 

  

9.3 

  

  

9.0 

  

Adjusted EBITDA Pulp and Paperboard 

59.5 

  

34.0 

  

  

  

  

Consumer Products segment income 

0.9 

  

17.9 

  

Depreciation and amortization 

  

15.3 

  

  

16.8 

  

Adjusted EBITDA Consumer Products 

16.2 

  

34.7 

  

  

  

  

Corporate and other expenses 

(17.8 

(15.5 

Depreciation and amortization 

  

0.9 

  

  

1.1 

  

Adjusted EBITDA Corporate 

(16.9 

(14.4 

  

  

  

Pulp and Paperboard segment 

59.5 

  

34.0 

  

Consumer Products segment 

  

16.2 

  

  

34.7 

  

Corporate and other 

  

(16.9 

  

(14.4 

Adjusted EBITDA 

58.9 

  

54.3 

  

1

 

Other operating charges, net consist of amounts unrelated to ongoing core operating activities. Please refer to Note 8 within Clearwater Paper's Form 10-Q filed with the SEC for the period end March 31, 2022 for the detailed breakout of this amount. 

Clearwater Paper Corporation

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)

  

  

  

Quarter Ended March 31,

(In millions, except per-share data)

2022

2021

  

  

  

Adjusted net income:

  

  

Net income 

16.6 

12.1 

Add back: 

  

  

Income tax provision 

  

6.0 

  

3.2 

Income before income taxes 

  

22.6 

  

15.3 

  

  

  

Add back: 

  

  

Debt retirement costs 

  

0.2 

  

— 

Other operating charges, net 

  

0.5 

  

0.4 

Adjusted income before tax 

23.4 

15.7 

Normalized income tax provision 

  

5.8 

  

3.9 

Adjusted net income 

17.5 

11.7 

  

  

  

Weighted average diluted shares (thousands) 

  

17,073 

  

16,979 

  

  

  

Adjusted income per diluted share 

1.03 

0.69 

  

  

  

  

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

Calculation of net debt:

  

  

Current portion long-term debt 

1.6 

1.6 

Long-term debt 

  

617.7 

  

637.6 

Add back: 

  

  

Unamortized deferred debt costs 

  

4.4 

  

4.8 

Less: 

  

  

Financing leases 

  

18.7 

  

19.1 

Cash and cash equivalents 

  

36.4 

  

25.2 

Net debt 

568.6 

599.8 

  

 

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