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USG Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

Thursday, October 20, 2011

USG Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results08:30 EDT Thursday, October 20, 2011 CHICAGO (Business Wire) -- USG Corporation (NYSE:USG):Third Quarter 2011 vs. Third Quarter 2010 Consolidated Business Highlights Sales of $792 million compared to $758 millionOperating loss of $76 million compared to $58 millionAdjusted operating loss of $17 million compared to $23 million Business Unit Highlights U.S. Gypsum wallboard shipments totaled 1,046 MMSF vs. 1,028 MMSFU.S. Gypsum average wallboard price of $111.66 per thousand square feet vs. $114.45Worldwide Ceilings operating profit of $25 million compared to $21 millionL&W operating loss of $17 million compared to $24 million USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), a leading building products company, today reported third quarter 2011 net sales of $792 million, an operating loss of $76 million and a net loss of $115 million, or $1.09 per share based on 105.3 million average shares outstanding. In last year's third quarter, net sales were $758 million, the operating loss was $58 million and the net loss was $100 million, or $1.00 per share based on 100.1 million average shares outstanding. “Many of our key markets continue to experience recessionary levels of demand that are near record lows,” said James S. Metcalf, President and CEO. “To accomplish both our short-term objective of returning the company to an operating profit and our longer term aspiration of reducing volatility in our earnings, we will continue to execute our three strategic priorities: strengthening core businesses, diversifying earnings and differentiating USG through innovation. We remain confident that by pursuing these strategies USG will remain a leading building solutions provider in its key product categories and markets.” The corporation's adjusted operating loss was $17 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $23 million in the third quarter of 2010. Adjusted operating loss excludes restructuring charges and non-cash long-lived asset impairment charges. The majority of these charges in the third quarter of 2011 were non-cash and primarily relate to the planned closure of a gypsum quarry and ship loading facility in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada that were idled in the first quarter of this year. This action was taken as part of the company's objective to adapt operations to market conditions. For information regarding the amounts of the 2011 and 2010 charges, please see the Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Loss to Reported GAAP Operating Loss schedule attached to this press release. For the first nine months of 2011, the corporation reported net sales of $2.3 billion and a net loss of $290 million, or $2.80 per share based on 103.6 million average shares outstanding. For the first nine months of 2010, net sales were $2.2 billion and the net loss was $284 million, or $2.85 per diluted share based on 99.7 million average shares outstanding. The corporation's results for the first nine months of 2011 include restructuring and long-lived asset impairment charges of $70 million compared with $54 million for the first nine months of 2010. A conference call is being held today at 10:00 A.M. Central Time during which USG senior management will discuss the corporation's operating results. The conference call will be webcast on the USG Web site, www.usg.com, in the Investor Relations section. The dial-in number for the conference call is 1-866-352-2116 for participants in the United States (1-630-691-2782 for callers from other countries), and the pass code is 30907978. After the live webcast, a replay of the webcast will be available on the USG Web site. In addition, a telephonic replay of the call will be available until Friday, October 28, 2011. The replay dial-in number is 1-888-843-7419 (1-630-652-3042 for international callers), and the pass code is 30907978. USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, Inc., L&W Supply Corporation and other subsidiaries. Headquartered in Chicago, USG's worldwide operations serve the residential and non-residential construction markets, repair and remodel construction markets, and industrial processes. USG's wall, ceiling, flooring and roofing products provide leading-edge building solutions for customers, while L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials nationwide. For additional information, visit the USG Web site at www.usg.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 related to management's expectations about future conditions. Actual business, market or other conditions may differ from management's expectations and, accordingly, may affect our sales and profitability or other results and liquidity. Actual results may differ due to various other factors, including: economic conditions, such as the levels of new home and other construction activity, employment levels, the availability of mortgage, construction and other financing, mortgage and other interest rates, housing affordability and supply, the levels of foreclosures and home resales, currency exchange rates and consumer confidence; capital markets conditions and the availability of borrowings under our credit agreement or other financings; competitive conditions, such as price, service and product competition; shortages in raw materials; changes in raw material, energy, transportation and employee benefit costs; the loss of one or more major customers and our customers' ability to meet their financial obligations to us; capacity utilization rates; changes in laws or regulations, including environmental and safety regulations; the outcome in contested litigation matters; the effects of acts of terrorism or war upon domestic and international economies and financial markets; and acts of God. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.         USG CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF EARNINGS(dollars in millions except per share data)(Unaudited)   Three MonthsNine Monthsended September 30,ended September 30,2011201020112010     Net sales $ 792 $ 758 $ 2,274 $ 2,243   Cost of products sold   739     707     2,132     2,123     Gross profit 53 51 142 120   Selling and administrative expenses 70 74 227 231   Restructuring and long-lived asset impairment charges   59     35     70     54     Operating loss (76 ) (58 ) (155 ) (165 )   Interest expense 54 45 158 134   Interest income (1 ) (1 ) (5 ) (3 )   Other income, net   -     -     (2 )   -     Loss before income taxes (129 ) (102 ) (306 ) (296 )   Income tax expense (benefit)   (14 )   (2 )   (16 )   (12 )   Net loss $ (115 ) $ (100 ) $ (290 ) $ (284 )   Basic loss per common share $ (1.09 ) $ (1.00 ) $ (2.80 ) $ (2.85 ) Diluted loss per common share $ (1.09 ) $ (1.00 ) $ (2.80 ) $ (2.85 )   Average common shares 105,304,781 100,108,673 103,592,899 99,671,209 Average diluted common shares 105,304,781 100,108,673 103,592,899 99,671,209   Other Information: Depreciation, depletion and amortization $ 40 $ 44 $ 125 $ 134 Capital expenditures $ 13 $ 7 $ 38 $ 18   Average common shares and average diluted common shares outstanding are calculated in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification 260, "Earnings Per Share."         USG CORPORATIONCORE BUSINESS RESULTS(dollars in millions)(Unaudited)   Three MonthsNine Monthsended September 30,ended September 30,2011201020112010Net Sales:   North American Gypsum: United States Gypsum Company $ 332 $ 325 $ 972 $ 993 CGC Inc. (gypsum) 78 70 230 221 USG Mexico, S.A. de C.V. 42 37 123 110 Other subsidiaries* 10 7 24 22 Eliminations   (25 )   (26 )   (76 )   (81 ) Total   437     413     1,273     1,265     Building Products Distribution: L&W Supply Corporation   283     281     796     811     Worldwide Ceilings: USG Interiors, Inc. 121 114 343 328 USG International 59 59 175 173 CGC Inc. (ceilings) 15 15 52 48 Eliminations   (12 )   (14 )   (37 )   (38 ) Total   183     174     533     511     Eliminations   (111 )   (110 )   (328 )   (344 ) Total USG Corporation $ 792   $ 758   $ 2,274   $ 2,243       Operating Profit (Loss):   North American Gypsum: United States Gypsum Company $ (10 ) $ (46 ) $ (60 ) $ (99 ) CGC Inc. (gypsum) (7 ) 3 (2 ) 16 USG Mexico, S.A. de C.V. 6 5 16 12 Other subsidiaries*   (59 )   (5 )   (69 )   (18 ) Total   (70 )   (43 )   (115 )   (89 )   Building Products Distribution: L&W Supply Corporation   (17 )   (24 )   (53 )   (85 )   Worldwide Ceilings: USG Interiors, Inc. 18 17 51 47 USG International 4 3 11 8 CGC Inc. (ceilings)   3     1     11     7   Total   25     21     73     62     Corporate (16 ) (13 ) (60 ) (50 ) Eliminations   2     1     -     (3 ) Total USG Corporation $ (76 ) $ (58 ) $ (155 ) $ (165 )   * Includes a shipping company in Bermuda, and a mining operation in Nova Scotia.     USG CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(dollars in millions)(Unaudited)   As ofAs ofSeptember 30,December 31,20112010   Assets Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 356 $ 629 Short-term marketable securities 161 128 Restricted cash 1 4 Receivables (net of reserves - $17 and $17) 376 327 Inventories 320 290 Income taxes receivable 7 3 Deferred income taxes 3 6 Other current assets   54     50   Total current assets 1,278 1,437   Long-term marketable securities 160 150 Property, plant and equipment (net of accumulated depreciation and depletion - $1,590 and $1,546) 2,129 2,266 Deferred income taxes 12 - Other assets   240     234     Total Assets $ 3,819   $ 4,087       Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current Liabilities: Accounts payable $ 249 $ 218 Accrued expenses 272 294 Current portion of long-term debt 7 7 Income taxes payable   8     10   Total current liabilities 536 529   Long-term debt 2,298 2,301 Deferred income taxes 8 7 Other liabilities 602 631 Commitments and contingencies   Stockholders' Equity: Preferred stock - - Common stock 10 10 Treasury stock - (55 ) Capital received in excess of par value 2,559 2,565 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (53 ) (50 ) Retained earnings (deficit)   (2,141 )   (1,851 ) Total stockholders' equity   375     619     Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 3,819   $ 4,087             Other Information: Total cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities $ 677 $ 907 Borrowing availability from lines of credit   206     156   Total Liquidity   $ 883     $ 1,063           USG CORPORATIONRECONCILIATION of ADJUSTED OPERATING LOSS to REPORTED GAAP OPERATING LOSS(dollars in millions)(Unaudited)   Three MonthsNine Monthsended September 30,ended September 30,2011201020112010   Adjusted Operating Profit (Loss): North American Gypsum $ (18 ) $ (13 ) $ (54 ) $ (49 ) Building Products Distribution (10 ) (19 ) (45 ) (71 ) Worldwide Ceilings 25 21 73 62 Corporate (16 ) (13 ) (59 ) (50 ) Eliminations   2     1     -     (3 ) Total   (17 )   (23 )   (85 )   (111 )     Restructuring and Long-LivedAsset Impairment Charges: North American Gypsum 52 30 61 40 Building Products Distribution 7 5 8 14 Worldwide Ceilings - - - - Corporate   -     -     1     -   Total   59     35     70     54       Reported GAAP Operating Profit (Loss): North American Gypsum (70 ) (43 ) (115 ) (89 ) Building Products Distribution (17 ) (24 ) (53 ) (85 ) Worldwide Ceilings 25 21 73 62 Corporate (16 ) (13 ) (60 ) (50 ) Eliminations   2     1     -     (3 ) Total   (76 )   (58 )   (155 )   (165 )   References to Adjusted Operating Loss are non-GAAP measures. Management believes this information provides investors with a more useful comparison of the corporation's ongoing business performance.                     UNITED STATES GYPSUM COMPANYWALLBOARD REALIZED PRICE & SHIPMENTS     Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Full Year Year Price   Volume Price   Volume Price   Volume Price   Volume Price   Volume 2011 $109.15 0.99 $111.55 0.99 $111.66 1.05   2010 $106.58 1.15 $114.17 1.07 $114.45 1.03 $111.95 0.95 $111.66 4.20   Wallboard price reflects amount per one thousand square feet. Volume expressed in billions of square feet. USG CorporationMedia Inquiries: 312/436-4356Investor Relations: 312/436-4282