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International Paper Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- International Paper (NYSE: IP) today reported second quarter 2022 financial results.

International Paper logo. (PRNewsfoto/International Paper)
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SECOND QUARTER 2022 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Second quarter net earnings (loss) attributable to International Paper of $511 million ($1.38 per diluted share) compared with $360 million ($0.95 per diluted share) in the first quarter of 2022 and $432 million ($1.09 per diluted share) in the second quarter of 2021. Second quarter adjusted operating earnings* (non-GAAP) of $459 million ($1.24 per diluted share) compared with $288 million ($0.76 per diluted share) in the first quarter of 2022 and $325 million ($0.82 per diluted share) in the second quarter of 2021.

  • 13% year-over-year revenue growth

  • $65 million of earnings achieved from Building a Better IP initiatives, bringing year-to-date to $105 million

  • Cash provided by operations of $390 million, bringing year-to-date to $978 million

  • Returned $565 million to shareholders through share repurchases of $395 million and dividends of $170 million in the second quarter, bringing year-to-date to $1.1 billion

"International Paper delivered strong revenue and earnings growth in the second quarter," said Mark Sutton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We performed well both commercially and operationally, which contributed to margin expansion despite a challenging supply chain and input cost environment. Looking ahead to the third quarter, we expect the realization of prior price movements to outpace higher input costs."

Sutton added, "Our Building a Better IP set of initiatives delivered $65 million of additional earnings improvement in the second quarter, for a total of $105 million through the first half of the year. Given this strong momentum, we are confident in achieving the high end of our full-year target."

Diluted Net EPS Attributable to International Paper Shareholders and Adjusted Operating EPS




Second
Quarter
2022


First
Quarter
2022


Second
Quarter
2021

Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to International Paper


$               1.38


$               0.95


$               1.09

Less – Discontinued Operations (Gain) Loss




(0.31)

Net Earnings (Loss) from Continuing Operations


1.38


0.95


0.78

Add Back – Non-Operating Pension Expense (Income)


(0.09)


(0.10)


(0.10)

Add Back – Net Special Items Expense (Income)


(0.05)


(0.09)


0.14

Adjusted Operating Earnings*


$               1.24


$               0.76


$               0.82



*         

Adjusted operating earnings (non-GAAP) is defined as net earnings attributable to International Paper Company (GAAP) excluding discontinued operations, net special items and non-operating pension expense (income). Management uses this measure to focus on on-going operations, and believes that it is useful to investors because it enables them to perform meaningful comparisons of past and present consolidated operating results. For discussion of discontinued operations, net special items and non-operating pension expense (income), see the disclosure under Effects of Net Special Items, Discontinued Operations and Consolidated Statement of Operations and related notes included later in this release.



Select Financial Measures


(In millions)


Second
Quarter
2022


First
Quarter
2022


Second
Quarter
2021

Net Sales


$             5,389


$             5,237


$             4,770

Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to International Paper


511


360


432

Business Segment Operating Profit


585


348


390

  Adjusted Operating Earnings


459


288


325

Cash Provided By (Used For) Operations


390


588


766

Free Cash Flow*


204


403


633



*         

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of free cash flow to the most comparable GAAP measure, cash provided by (used for) operations, and disclosure regarding why we believe that free cash flow provides useful information to investors, is included later in this release.

SEGMENT INFORMATION
Business segment operating profits are used by International Paper's management to measure the earnings performance of its businesses and is calculated as set forth in footnote (f) below under "Sales and Earnings by Business Segment". As a result of the spin-off of our global Printing Papers business on October 1, 2021, the Printing Papers business segment has been eliminated and all prior year amounts have been adjusted to reflect this business as a discontinued operation. For discussion of discontinued operations, see the disclosure under Discontinued Operations included later in this release. Second quarter 2022 net sales by business segment and operating profit (loss) by business segment compared with the first quarter of 2022 and the second quarter of 2021 are as follows:

Business Segment Results


(In millions)


Second
Quarter
2022


First
Quarter
2022


Second
Quarter
2021

Net Sales by Business Segment







Industrial Packaging


$             4,491


$             4,406


$             4,030

Global Cellulose Fibers


788


710


680

Corporate and Inter-segment Sales


110


121


60

Net Sales


$             5,389


$             5,237


$             4,770

Operating Profit (Loss) by Business Segment







Industrial Packaging


$                560


$                397


$                389

Global Cellulose Fibers


25


(49)


1

Total Business Segment Operating Profit


$                585


$                348


$                390

Industrial Packaging operating profits (losses) in the second quarter of 2022 were $560 million compared with $397 million in the first quarter of 2022. In North America, earnings increased driven by higher sales prices for corrugated boxes and containerboard and lower planned maintenance outage expenses, partially offset by higher input costs, primarily for energy and freight. Sales volumes were stable for corrugated boxes and higher for export containerboard. Domestic containerboard volumes were lower. Earnings in the second quarter of 2022 benefited from insurance recoveries and other one-time items. In Europe, earnings improved reflecting higher average sales prices in the Eurozone and strong operating performance partially offset by seasonally lower sales volumes in Morocco.

Global Cellulose Fibers operating profits (losses) in the second quarter of 2022 were $25 million compared with $(49) million in the first quarter of 2022. Earnings improved significantly driven by higher sales prices for both fluff pulp and market pulp and lower planned maintenance outage expenses, partially offset by higher input costs, primarily for energy and chemicals. Sales volumes were slightly higher. Operating costs were lower, reflecting improved mill performance and seasonality.

EQUITY METHOD INVESTMENTS
Ilim joint venture equity earnings (losses) were $95 million in the second quarter of 2022 compared with $93 million in the first quarter of 2022. Operationally, earnings were stable as higher sales prices were mostly offset by higher input costs. The Company continues to actively explore strategic options with respect to the Ilim joint venture, including a sale of its 50% ownership interest.

CORPORATE EXPENSES
Corporate expenses were $27 million for the second quarter of 2022, compared with $12 million in the first quarter of 2022.

EFFECTIVE TAX RATE
The reported effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2022 was 19%, compared to a 2022 first quarter reported effective tax rate of 26%. The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2022 was lower due to the tax-free exchange of a portion of the Company's shares of Sylvamo Corporation.

Excluding special items and non-operating pension expense, the operational effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2022 was 25%, compared with 27% for the first quarter of 2022.  The higher operational effective tax rate in the first quarter is primarily due to reduced tax benefits for equity-based compensation.

EFFECTS OF SPECIAL ITEMS
Net special items in the second quarter of 2022 amount to a net after-tax gain of $17 million ($0.05 per diluted share) compared with a gain of $35 million ($0.09 per diluted share) in the first quarter of 2022 and a charge of $55 million ($0.14 per diluted share) in the second quarter of 2021. Net special items in all periods include the following charges (gains):



Second Quarter 2022


First Quarter 2022


Second Quarter 2021

(In millions)


Before Tax


After Tax


Before Tax


After Tax


Before Tax


After Tax

 Restructuring and other charges, net:













Debt extinguishment costs


$            —


$             —


$            —


$             —


$           170


$           128

Other






4


3

Total restructuring and other charges, net






174


131

Environmental remediation reserve adjustment


15


11




5


3

Sylvamo investment (a)


(3)


(2)


(46)


(35)



Real estate - office impairment






21


16

Gain on sale of equity investment in Graphic Packaging






(130)


(98)

EMEA Packaging impairment - Turkey






(8)


(2)

Tax benefit related to exchange of Sylvamo shares (b)



(31)





Other


6


5




7


5

 Total special items, net


$            18


$           (17)


$           (46)


$           (35)


$             69


$             55



(a)

See note (b) on the Consolidated Statement of Operations included later in this release.

(b)

See note (c) on the Consolidated Statement of Operations included later in this release.

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS
Discontinued operations include the operating earnings of our former Printing Papers segment and EMEA Coated Paperboard and Pulp business including the Kwidzyn, Poland mill, divested in the third quarter of 2021. Discontinued operations also includes the following special items charges (gains):



Second Quarter 2021

(In millions)


Before Tax


After Tax

Printing Papers spin-off


24


20

Foreign value-added tax credit (including interest)


(70)


(47)

 Total


$                      (46)


$                      (27)

EARNINGS WEBCAST
The company will host a webcast today to discuss earnings and current market conditions, beginning at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT). All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast via the company's website at internationalpaper.com by clicking on the Performance tab and going to the Presentations and Events/Webcasts and Presentations page. A replay of the webcast will also be on the website beginning approximately two hours after the call. Parties who wish to participate in the webcast via teleconference may dial +1 (234) 720-6995 or, within the U.S. only, (844) 291-6362, and ask to be connected to the International Paper second quarter earnings call. The conference ID number is 1765705. Participants should call in no later than 9:45 a.m. ET (8:45 a.m. CT).  An audio-only replay will be available for ninety days following the call.  To access the replay, dial +1 (402) 970-0847 or, within the U.S. only, (866) 207-1041 and when prompted for the access code, enter 7062832.

About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal care products that promote health and wellness. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues globally. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2021 were $19.4 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting InternationalPaper.com.

Certain statements in this press release that are not historical in nature may be considered "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and 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) risks with respect to climate change and global, regional, and local weather conditions, as well as risks related to our ability to meet targets and goals with respect to climate change and the emission of GHGs and other environmental, social and governance matters; (ii) the impact of the conflict involving Russia and Ukraine, including in connection with related escalated sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union, G7 and other countries and possible actions by the Russian government, and the impact of such developments on domestic and global economic and geopolitical conditions in general and on us and our Ilim joint venture, which could be materially and adversely affected by such developments, and our inability to predict the full impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, current or future sanctions, geopolitical instability and the possibility of broadened military conflict on our Ilim joint venture and on our receipt of dividends from our Ilim joint venture; (iii) the possible impact of these developments involving Ukraine and Russia and potential negative capital markets conditions on the value of and our ability to sell all or a portion of our equity stake in Sylvamo Corporation and the timing of any such sales; (iv) the impact of and developments related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; (v) the level of our indebtedness and changes in interest rates; (vi) the impact of global and domestic economic conditions and industry conditions, including with respect to commercial activity, inflationary pressures and changes in the cost or availability of raw materials, energy sources and transportation sources, supply chain shortages and disruptions, the availability of labor, particularly in light of current labor market conditions which are exceptionally tight, competition we face, cyclicality and changes in consumer preferences, demand and pricing for our products, and conditions impacting the credit, capital and financial markets; (vii) domestic and global geopolitical conditions, changes in currency exchange rates, trade protectionist policies, downgrades in our credit ratings, and/or the credit ratings of banks issuing certain letters of credit, issued by recognized credit rating organizations; (viii) the amount of our future pension funding obligations, and pension and healthcare costs; (ix) unanticipated expenditures or other adverse developments related to compliance with existing and new environmental, tax, labor and employment, privacy, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, and other U.S. and non-U.S. governmental laws and regulations; (x) any material disruption at any of our manufacturing facilities or other adverse impact on our operations due to severe weather, natural disasters, climate change or other causes; (xi) risks inherent in conducting business through joint ventures; (xii) our ability to achieve the benefits expected from, and other risks associated with, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, spinoffs and other corporate transactions, (xiii) cybersecurity and information technology risks; (xiv) loss contingencies and pending, threatened or future litigation, including with respect to environmental related matters; (xv) our exposure to claims under our agreements with Sylvamo Corporation; (xvi) our failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the spin-off of Sylvamo Corporation and the qualification of such spin-off as a tax-free transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes; and (xvii) our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel. These and other factors that could cause or contribute to actual results differing materially from such forward-looking statements can be found in our press releases and SEC filings. In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that we currently believe to be immaterial could affect the accuracy of any forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
Consolidated Statement of Operations
Preliminary and Unaudited
(In millions, except per share amounts)

















Three Months Ended
June 30,


Three Months Ended
March 31,


Six Months Ended
 June 30,





2022


2021


2022


2022


2021



Net Sales


$    5,389


$ 4,770


$                        5,237


$   10,626


$ 9,363



Costs and Expenses




Cost of products sold


3,806

(a)

3,402

(d)

3,839


7,645

(a)

6,750

(d)


Selling and administrative expenses


300


396

(e)

341


641


698

(e)


Depreciation, amortization and cost of timber harvested    


267


272


261


528


540



Distribution expenses


442


342


424


866


677



Taxes other than payroll and income taxes


36


36


36


72


71



Restructuring and other charges, net



174

(f)



204

(f)


Net (gains) losses on sales and impairments of businesses



(9)

(g)



(7)

(g)


Net (gains) losses on sales of equity method investments



(130)

(h)



(204)

(h)


Net (gains) losses on mark to market investments


(3)

(b)


(46)

(b)

(49)

(b)



Interest expense, net


74


86


69


143


179



Non-operating pension expense (income)


(47)


(51)


(49)


(96)


(103)



Earnings (Loss) From Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes and Equity Earnings


514


252


362


876


558



Income tax provision (benefit)


96

(c)

46


95


191

(c)

134



Equity earnings (loss), net of taxes


93


104


93


186


153



Earnings (Loss) From Continuing Operations


511


310


360


871


577



Discontinued operations, net of taxes



124

(i)



206

(i)


Net Earnings (Loss)


511


434


360


871


783



Less: Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests



2

(j)



2

(j)


Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to International Paper Company


$       511


$    432


$                           360


$        871


$    781



Basic Earnings Per Common Share Attributable to International Paper Common Shareholders













Earnings (loss) from continuing operations


$      1.39


$   0.79


$                          0.96


$       2.34


$   1.47



Discontinued operations



0.31




0.52



Net earnings (loss)


$      1.39


$   1.10


$                          0.96


$       2.34


$   1.99



Diluted Earnings Per Common Share Attributable to International Paper Common Shareholders













Earnings (loss) from continuing operations


$      1.38


$   0.78


$                          0.95


$       2.32


$   1.45



Discontinued operations



0.31




0.51



Net earnings (loss)


$      1.38


$   1.09


$                          0.95


$       2.32


$   1.96



Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding - Diluted


370.7


396.8


379.2


375.7


397.7



The accompanying notes are an integral part of this consolidated statement of operations.

(a)

Includes a pre-tax charge of $15 million ($11 million after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2022 for an environmental remediation reserve adjustment and a pre-tax charge of $6 million ($5 million after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2022 for other costs.

(b)

Includes pre-tax net gains of $3 million ($2 million after taxes), $46 million ($35 million after taxes) and $49 million ($37 million after taxes) for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and March 31, 2022 and the six months ended June 30, 2022, respectively, related to our investment in Sylvamo Corporation.  

(c)

Includes a $31 million tax benefit related to the tax-free exchange of a portion of our shares of Sylvamo Corporation.

(d)

Includes a pre-tax charge of $21 million ($16 million after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021 related to the impairment of real estate and a pre-tax charge of $5 million ($3 million after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021 for an environmental remediation reserve adjustment. 

(e)

Includes a pre-tax charge of $4 million ($3 million after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021 for costs associated with our Building a Better IP initiative and a pre-tax charge of $3 million ($2 million after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021 for other costs.

(f)

Includes pre-tax charges of $170 million ($128 million after taxes) and $188 million ($142 million after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021, respectively, for debt extinguishment costs, a pre-tax charge of $12 million ($10 million after taxes) for the six months ended June 30, 2021 for severance related to the optimization of our EMEA Packaging business and a pre-tax charge of $4 million ($3 million after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021 for other costs.

(g)

Includes a net pre-tax gain of $9 million ($3 million after taxes) and $7 million ($1 million after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021 related to the sale of our EMEA Packaging business in Turkey.

(h)

Includes pre-tax gains of $130 million ($98 million after taxes) and $204 million ($154 million after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021 related to the monetization of our equity investment in Graphic Packaging.

(i)

Includes pre-tax charges of $24 million ($20 million after taxes) and $49 million ($40 million after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021, respectively, for costs associated with the spin-off of our Printing Papers business and pre-tax income of $70 million ($47 million after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021 for the accrual of a foreign value-added tax credit which transferred to Sylvamo Corporation effective with the spin-off on October 1, 2021.

(j)

Includes the allocation of income to noncontrolling interest of $1 million (before and after taxes) for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2021 associated with the sale of our EMEA Packaging business in Turkey.


 

INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
Reconciliation of Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to International Paper Company to Adjusted Operating Earnings
Preliminary and Unaudited
(In millions, except per share amounts)
















Three Months Ended
June 30,


Three Months Ended
March 31,


Six Months Ended
 June 30,




2022


2021


2022


2022


2021


Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to International Paper Company


$           511


$          432


$                               360


$          871


$         781


Less: Discontinued operations (gain) loss



(124)




(206)


Earnings (Loss) from Continuing Operations Attributable to International Paper Company


511


308


360


871


575


Add back: Non-operating pension expense (income)


(35)


(38)


(37)


(72)


(77)


Add back: Net Special items expense (income)


(17)


55


(35)


(52)


25


Adjusted Operating Earnings


$           459


$          325


$                               288


$          747


$         523
















Three Months Ended
June 30,


Three Months Ended
March 31,


Six Months Ended
 June 30,




2022


2021


2022


2022


2021


Diluted Earnings per Common Share as Reported


$          1.38


$         1.09


$                              0.95


$         2.32


$        1.96


Less: Discontinued operations (gain) loss



(0.31)




(0.51)


Continuing Operations


1.38


0.78


0.95


2.32


1.45