Clearwater Paper Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

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SPOKANE, Wash.--Jul. 31, 2019-- Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW) today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2019.

The company reported net sales of $452.0 million for the second quarter of 2019, which were $19.9 million or 4.6% higher than net sales of $432.1 million for the second quarter of 2018. The increase was due to record quarterly paperboard shipments and sales, higher retail tissue shipments and higher paperboard and tissue pricing from previously announced price increases. These items were partially offset by lower non-retail tissue shipments primarily resulting from the sale of the company's mill in Ladysmith, Wisconsin in August 2018.

Net loss determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, for the second quarter of 2019 was $0.4 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to net earnings for the second quarter of 2018 of $7.0 million, or $0.42 per diluted share. The decrease in net earnings was due to maintenance costs at the company's Shelby, North Carolina, Cypress Bend, Arkansas and Lewiston, Idaho mills, costs associated with the start-up of the company's new paper machine and converting lines at its North Carolina mill and higher depreciation and interest expense, partially offset by the favorable impact of higher shipment volumes and pricing. Excluding certain non-core items identified in the attached Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures, second quarter 2019 adjusted net loss was $0.4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to second quarter 2018 adjusted net earnings of $7.1 million, or $0.43 per diluted share.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, were $42.3 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared to $42.4 million for the second quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $43.9 million, compared to second quarter 2018 Adjusted EBITDA of $43.8 million despite the sale of the Ladysmith mill.

“We delivered a solid second quarter with record paperboard shipments and sales, and higher shipments of converted retail tissue, compared to the first quarter of 2019," said Linda K. Massman, president and chief executive officer. "Partially offsetting those results were the start-up costs related to our new paper machine in Shelby, North Carolina, which is progressing well and is expected to reach its full production run rate in late 2020. In addition, we recently completed the refinancing of our secured revolving credit facility with a seven-year Term Loan B and an asset based revolving credit facility, which will provide us the operational flexibility and liquidity needed as we focus on generating free cash flow to de-lever our balance sheet.”

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Source: Clearwater Paper

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