Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.
TSX : ANS

Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.

August 13, 2013 17:34 ET

Ainsworth Announces Second Quarter 2013 Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 13, 2013) - Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. (TSX:ANS) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Highlights:

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $50.7 million compared to $16.9 million in the same quarter last year
  • Continued strong progress on the restart of our High Level mill
  • Available liquidity increased to $170.8 million during the quarter
  • Announced redemption of U.S.$35 million of our senior notes, transaction will close in August 2013

Ainsworth Reports Strong Second Quarter Results

Ainsworth President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Lake said, "The second quarter of 2013 was another solid period for Ainsworth. The Company generated adjusted EBITDA of $50.7 million, which represented a $33.8 million improvement versus the second quarter of 2012. We continued to benefit from the early stages of the U.S. housing market recovery, generating adjusted EBITDA of $113.2 million in the first half of 2013 compared to $26.5 million in the same period in 2012."

Financial Results

Sales were $127.5 million in the second quarter of 2013, representing a $37.0 million increase over the second quarter of 2012, due to a 45.9% increase in realized pricing that was partially offset by a 3.4% decrease in sales volumes. Adjusted EBITDA was $50.7 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared to $16.9 million in the same period of 2012. Net income from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2013 was $2.8 million compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $11.4 million in the second quarter of 2012. The $14.2 million increase included a $33.9 million increase in gross profit and a $5.7 million reduction in finance expense, partially offset by increased costs of curtailed operations associated with activity at the High Level mill, and fluctuations in non-cash accounting gains and losses and income tax expense.

In the first half of 2013, sales were $269.3 million compared to $175.6 million in the same period of 2012. The $93.7 million increase was related to a 57.7% increase in realized pricing, partially offset by a 2.7% decrease in sales volumes. Adjusted EBITDA for the year to date was $113.2 million in 2013 compared to $26.5 million in 2012. Net income from operations in the first six months of 2013 was $39.3 million, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $10.8 million for the same period in 2012, representing an increase of $50.1 million. The increase included an $86.8 million increase in gross profit, an $11.9 million decrease in finance expense, and a $2.9 million variation in foreign exchange gain/loss on operations, partially offset by increased costs of curtailed operations, and fluctuations in non-accounting gains and losses and income tax expense.

Margins

Adjusted EBITDA margin on sales for the second quarter of 2013 was 39.8% compared to 18.7% in the second quarter of 2012 (42.0% in the first half of 2013 compared to 15.1% in the same period of 2012).

Benchmark OSB pricing decreased during the second quarter of 2013, but remained stronger than the same period last year, with the North Central price for 7/16" OSB averaging U.S.$347 per msf (an increase of 48% compared to the second quarter of 2012, and a 17% decrease compared to prior quarter). The Western Canadian price for 7/16" OSB averaged U.S.$328 per msf in the second quarter of 2013 (an increase of 41% compared to the second quarter of 2012, and a 22% decrease compared to prior quarter).

Selected financial information is presented in the table below. The full financial report is available to be viewed at the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/fs813ans.pdf.

Selected Financial Information
In millions of Canadian dollars, except per share data
Three months ended June 30 Six months ended June 30
2013 2012 2013 2012
Sales$ 127.5 $ 90.5 $ 269.3 $ 175.6
Cost of products sold72.7 69.6 148.1 141.1
Net income from continuing operations2.8 (11.4)39.3 (10.8)
Net income2.6 (11.5)38.9 (11.0)
Adjusted EBITDA (1)50.7 16.9 113.2 26.5
Adjusted EBITDA margin (2)39.8%18.7%42.0%15.1%
Basic and diluted earnings per share:
Net income from continuing operations0.01 (0.11)0.16 (0.10)
Net income0.01 (0.11)0.16 (0.10)
Weighted average common shares outstanding (3)
240.8

100.8

240.8

100.8
(1) Adjusted EBITDA, a non-IFRS financial measure, is defined as net income (loss) from continuing operations before amortization, gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment, cost of curtailed operations, stock option expense, finance expense, foreign exchange (gain) loss on long-term debt, other foreign exchange loss (gain), interest income earned on investments, income tax expense (recovery), and non-recurring items. Adjusted EBITDA for 2012 has been restated to reflect an increase in pension expense related to the adoption of the amended IAS 19 - Employee Benefits, and to exclude interest income earned on investments.
(2) Adjusted EBITDA margin, a non-IFRS financial measure, is defined as adjusted EBITDA divided by sales.
(3) 240,861,888 common shares were outstanding on June 30, 2013.

Liquidity

At June 30, 2013, Ainsworth's available liquidity, consisting of cash and cash equivalents, was $170.8 million, an improvement of $64.0 million since December 31, 2012 resulting from our stronger operating results. In light of this strengthened liquidity position, in July we exercised an option to redeem U.S.$35 million of our senior secured notes, which represents 10% of the outstanding principal balance. This transaction, which closes on August 14, 2013, will further deleverage the balance sheet and reduce interest costs going forward.

Outlook

U.S. housing market indicators remain positive, with U.S. home sales reaching their highest levels in five years in June 2013. Foreclosures and existing home inventories continue to trend downwards, and activity levels for the U.S. single-family housing market, the largest driver of OSB demand, remain on a growth track. Year-to-date single-family starts and permits increased 20% and 24% over last year, respectively, and in our primary North American market, the Western U.S., year-to-date single-family housing starts were 30% higher than last year. As a result, we feel confident that the market will require additional supply in the months and years ahead and we are preparing to meet that demand with the restart of our High Level mill. We are pleased with both the progress and the safety record as we have ramped up activity in the mill.

New Barwick Union Agreement

As we announced previously, we reached a new four-year agreement with the unionized employees at our Barwick facility, which was ratified on July 17, 2013. Key provisions of the agreement include: a four year term expiring on July 31, 2017, with annual wage increases of 2.5% per year. The previous contract was set to expire on July 31, 2013.

Conference Call Information

Ainsworth will hold a conference call on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 10:00 am PT (1:00 pm ET) to discuss the 2013 second quarter results. The dial-in phone number is 1-800-319-4610 from inside the U.S. or Canada, and +1-604-638-5340 from outside of the U.S. and Canada, reservation 4176#. The recording of this conference call will be available until the end of day August 21, 2013.

The financial results are based on International Financial Reporting Standards. Investors, analysts and other interested parties can access Ainsworth's 2013 Second Quarter Results as well as the Shareholders' Letter and Supplemental Information on Ainsworth's website under the Investors / Financial Reports section at www.ainsworthengineered.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Forward-looking information provided in this news release relating to the Company's expectations regarding OSB demand and pricing and the Company's future prospects and financial position are forward-looking information pursuant to National Instrument 51-102 promulgated by the Canadian Securities Administrators. The Company believes that expectations reflected in such information are reasonable, but no assurance is given that such expectations will be correct. Forward-looking information is based on the Company's beliefs and assumptions based on information available at the time the assumption was made and on management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected further developments as well as other factors deemed appropriate in the circumstances. Investors are cautioned that there are risks and uncertainties related to such forward-looking information and actual results may vary. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking information include, without limitation, factors detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and other regulatory authorities. The forward-looking information is made as of the date of this news release and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as explicitly required by securities laws.

About Ainsworth

Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of oriented strand board ("OSB") with a focus on value-added specialty products for markets in North America and Asia. Ainsworth's four OSB manufacturing facilities, located in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, have a combined annual capacity of 2.5 billion square feet (3/8-inch basis) OSB. Ainsworth is a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ANS.

Contact Information

  • Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.
    Suite 3194, Bentall 4, P.O. Box 49307
    1055 Dunsmuir Street
    Vancouver, B.C. V7X 1L3
    604-661-3201 (FAX)
    604-661-3200
    www.ainsworthengineered.com

    Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.
    Rick Eng
    Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
    Rick.Eng@ainsworth.ca