USG Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

Business Highlights

Second Quarter 2017 vs. Second Quarter 2016

  • Net sales increased to $811 million from $769 million
  • Net income decreased to $36 million from $74 million; adjusted net income increased to $64 million from $61 million
  • Earnings per diluted share decreased to $0.24 from $0.50; adjusted earnings per diluted share increased to $0.44 from $0.42
  • Repurchased $72 million of common stock under $250 million share repurchase program

USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), an industry leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions, today reported results for the second quarter of 2017.

“Our US wallboard shipments in the second quarter of 2017 were up double-digits and were at the highest levels we have seen since 2008,” said Jennifer F. Scanlon, President and CEO. “However, rising commodity costs and a competitive pricing environment weighed on our operating margins and second quarter performance. We are taking actions to address inflation and will continue our strategic investment in advanced manufacturing to deliver profitable growth.”

On a consolidated basis in the second quarter of 2017, net sales were $811 million, compared to $769 million in the second quarter of 2016. Operating profit decreased to $96 million from $122 million, while adjusted operating profit decreased to $117 million from $127 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter of 2016.

USG generated $36 million in net income and $0.24 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $74 million and $0.50 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2016. On an adjusted basis, net income of $64 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.44 in the second quarter of 2017 increased from $61 million and $0.42, respectively, in the second quarter of 2016. A full reconciliation of GAAP to adjusted metrics is set forth on an attached schedule.

The corporation’s Gypsum segment generated $90 million of operating profit in the second quarter of 2017. On an adjusted basis, operating profit of $95 million in the Gypsum segment decreased by $6 million from the second quarter of 2016. US wallboard volumes increased by 10% in the second quarter of 2017. US wallboard price decreased by approximately 1% due primarily to competitive pricing pressures and the impact of transitioning certain wallboard volumes from wholly-owned distribution at L&W Supply, which was sold in 2016, to independent distribution. US wallboard manufacturing costs increased by $8 million due almost exclusively to inflation in waste paper costs.

The Ceilings segment earned $23 million of operating profit in the second quarter of 2017. On an adjusted basis, operating profit of $24 million in the Ceilings segment decreased by $8 million from the second quarter of 2016. The reduction in operating profit was driven primarily by higher steel costs as well as lower ceiling tile pricing.

The USG Boral business generated $14 million of equity income in the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of $2 million from the second quarter of 2016. The impact of increased plasterboard volumes was more than offset by higher manufacturing costs and an increase in withholding taxes on an intercompany dividend.

“This quarter we launched the Commercial Construction Index, a new quarterly index that will help measure the health and vitality of the commercial construction industry,” added Scanlon. “The initial results from the survey validate our efforts to create and bring to market innovative products like Ensemble™ Monolithic Acoustical Ceiling Systems and Sheetrock® Brand EcoSmart Panels, which we introduced this year. These products address challenges faced by our industry, including speed of construction, labor availability, and sustainability.”

The complete text of USG’s 2Q17 earnings release, plus a replay of the company’s Jul. 26 conference call and accompanying presentation materials, are available on the USG investor relations website, investor.usg.com. In addition, a telephonic replay of the call will be available until Friday, August 25, 2017. The replay dial-in number is 1-888-843-7419 (1-630-652-3042 for international callers), and the pass code is 45163620.

USG Corporation

USG Corporation is an industry-leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions. Headquartered in Chicago, USG serves construction markets around the world through its United States Gypsum Company and USG Interiors, LLC subsidiaries and its international subsidiaries, including its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Its wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing and roofing products provide the solutions that enable customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play. Its USG Boral Building Products joint venture is a leading plasterboard and ceilings producer across Asia,Australasia and the Middle East. For additional information, visit www.usg.com.