Packaging Corporation of America Reports Third Quarter 2023 Results

Mark W. Kowlzan, Chairman and CEO, PCA

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Oct. 23, 2023 - Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE: PKG) today reported third quarter 2023 net income of $183 million, or $2.03 per share, and net income of $185 million, or $2.05 per share, excluding special items.

Third quarter net sales were $1.9 billion in 2023 and $2.1 billion in 2022.

Commenting on reported results, Mark W. Kowlzan, Chairman and CEO, said, “We were able to exceed our guidance for the quarter with better demand in our Packaging and Paper segments and by remaining focused on process efficiency optimization efforts across our mills and corrugated products facilities. The scheduled maintenance outages at our mills were executed well, and we also ran the containerboard system in a very cost-effective manner to match our supply with demand, which included keeping our Wallula, WA mill temporarily idled during the quarter. With the stronger demand in our Packaging segment, we ended the quarter with inventory levels lower than anticipated. Based on our current outlook for improving demand together with current plans in the first half of 2024 for scheduled mill maintenance outages and completing the final phase of the containerboard conversion of the No. 3 machine at our Jackson, AL mill, we are planning to restart the No. 3 machine at our Wallula mill during the fourth quarter in order to bring our inventories to desired levels.”

“Looking ahead as we move from the third and into the fourth quarter,” Mr. Kowlzan added, “in our Packaging segment, we expect less market-related downtime as we build our inventories back to appropriate levels along with higher shipments per day in our corrugated products facilities, although our plants will have one less shipping day compared to the third quarter. We also expect lower average prices primarily due to the majority of the May decrease in the published benchmark index grades being realized throughout the third quarter as well as a seasonally less rich mix. In our Paper segment, volume will be lower compared to the seasonally stronger third quarter, and prices and mix are assumed to trend lower with declines in the index prices. Operating and converting costs will increase driven by higher recycled fiber prices, seasonal energy costs, and the re-start of the Wallula mill. Depreciation expense is estimated to be slightly higher, and scheduled maintenance outage expenses will be lower. Considering these items, we expect fourth quarter earnings of $1.76 per share.”


Source: Packaging Corporation of America


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