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USG Corporation Reports 2012 Third Quarter Results

<p> <span class='bwuline'><b>Third Quarter 2012 vs. Third Quarter 2011</b></span> </p> <p> Consolidated Business Highlights (continuing operations) </p> <ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>Sales increased 9 percent to $828 million</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>Operating profit of $29 million compared to operating loss of $79 million</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>Adjusted operating profit of $32 million compared to adjusted operating loss of $20 million</i> </li> </ul> <p> Business Unit Highlights (continuing operations) </p> <ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>U.S. Gypsum wallboard shipments totaled 1.20 BSF vs. 1.05 BSF</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>U.S. Gypsum average wallboard price of $131.97 per thousand square feet vs. $111.66</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>Worldwide Ceilings operating profit increased 9 percent to $24 million</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>L&W same store net sales increased 10 percent</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>SHEETROCK</i><sup><i>®</i></sup><i> Brand UltraLight Panels accounted for 47 percent of all USG wallboard shipments in the United States</i> </li> </ul> <p> </p>

Thursday, October 18, 2012

USG Corporation Reports 2012 Third Quarter Results08:30 EDT Thursday, October 18, 2012 CHICAGO (Business Wire) -- USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), a leading building products company, today reported third quarter 2012 net sales from continuing operations of $828 million, up 9 percent from third quarter 2011 net sales from continuing operations of $763 million. USG's third quarter operating profit from continuing operations was $29 million compared to a $79 million operating loss from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2011. The third quarter 2012 net loss from both continuing and discontinued operations was $29 million, or $0.28 per share. This result compares to a $115 million net loss from both continuing and discontinued operations in the third quarter of 2011, or $1.09 per share. During the third quarter, the Corporation announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to sell its European operations. Although that sale has not yet been consummated, results from European operations have been reported as discontinued operations for the 2012 and 2011 periods. Those operations reported net sales of $27 million and operating profit of $1 million for the third quarter of 2012, and $29 million and $3 million, respectively, for the third quarter of 2011. “Our innovative new products, modest demand improvement, new wallboard pricing strategy and recent restructuring efforts contributed to our third consecutive quarter of positive operating profit,” said James S. Metcalf, Chairman, President and CEO. “We achieved continued wallboard volume growth, and price was essentially flat compared to the prior quarter, with any improvement offset by regional and channel mix and freight cost fluctuations. In addition to strengthening our core businesses, the announced sale of our European operations is another great example of USG's Plan to Win. Completion of this sale will allow us to reallocate assets from a lower-growth market to joint ventures supporting higher-growth markets in India, which will allow us to diversify the company's earnings and offset some of the cyclicality in our core businesses.” The corporation's adjusted operating profit from continuing operations was $32 million in the third quarter of 2012, which compares to an adjusted operating loss from continuing operations of $20 million in the third quarter of 2011. A reconciliation of adjusted operating profit to operating profit is set forth on a schedule attached hereto. The operating profit from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2012 includes $3 million in restructuring and long-lived asset impairment charges and a $3 million increase in reserves for potential claims. “While wallboard demand remains significantly below historical averages,” Metcalf said. “I am pleased with our progress in 2012, and look forward to further improvement as we continue working towards positive net earnings.” 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 website, www.usg.com, in the Investor Relations section. The dial-in number for the conference call is 1-800-315-2944 (1-847-413-2929 for international callers), and the pass code is 33348213. After the live webcast, a replay of the webcast will be available on the USG website. In addition, a telephonic replay of the call will be available until Friday, October 26, 2012. The replay dial-in number is 1-888-843-7419 (1-630-652-3042 for international callers), and the pass code is 33348213. USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, LLC, L&W Supply Corporation and other subsidiaries. Headquartered in Chicago, USG's worldwide operations serve the commercial, residential, and repair and remodel construction markets. 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 website 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 for us and the industry; changes in laws or regulations, including environmental and safety regulations; the outcome in contested litigation matters; our ability to complete surplus asset sales and other divestitures; 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 STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(dollars in millions except per share data)(Unaudited)         Three MonthsNine Monthsended September 30,ended September 30,   20122011 (1) 20122011 (1)     Net sales $ 828 $ 763 $ 2,409 $ 2,184   Cost of products sold   722     717     2,099     2,064     Gross profit 106 46 310 120   Selling and administrative expenses 74 66 224 213   Restructuring and long-lived asset impairment charges   3     59     5     70     Operating profit (loss) 29 (79 ) 81 (163 )   Interest expense 50 54 154 158 Interest income (1 ) (1 ) (3 ) (5 ) Loss on extinguishment of debt - - 41 - Other income, net   (1 )   -     (2 )   (1 )   Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (19 ) (132 ) (109 ) (315 )   Income tax expense (benefit)   11     (15 )   9     (19 )   Loss from continuing operations (30 ) (117 ) (118 ) (296 )   Income from discontinued operations   1     2     5     6     Net loss $ (29 ) $ (115 ) $ (113 ) $ (290 )   Earnings per common share - basic: Loss from continuing operations $ (0.29 ) $ (1.11 ) $ (1.11 ) $ (2.85 ) Income from discontinued operations   0.01     0.02     0.04     0.05   Net loss $ (0.28 ) $ (1.09 ) $ (1.07 ) $ (2.80 )   Earnings per common share - diluted: Loss from continuing operations $ (0.29 ) $ (1.11 ) $ (1.11 ) $ (2.85 ) Income from discontinued operations   0.01     0.02     0.04     0.05   Net loss $ (0.28 ) $ (1.09 ) $ (1.07 ) $ (2.80 )   Average common shares 107,380,328 105,304,781 106,128,123 103,592,899 Average diluted common shares 107,380,328 105,304,781 106,128,123 103,592,899   (1) Prior-period amounts have been adjusted to reflect our European businesses as discontinued operations.   USG CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(dollars in millions)(Unaudited)     As ofAs ofSeptember 30,December 31,   20122011 (1)   Assets Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 437 $ 365 Short-term marketable securities 89 164 Restricted cash 18 1 Receivables (net of reserves - $15 and $17) 347 316 Inventories 302 292 Income taxes receivable 7 8 Deferred income taxes 4 4 Other current assets 44 54 Assets related to discontinued operations   38     35   Total current assets 1,286 1,239   Long-term marketable securities 41 122 Property, plant and equipment (net of accumulated depreciation and depletion - $1,709 and $1,602) 2,083 2,104 Deferred income taxes 21 25 Other assets   233     229     Total Assets $ 3,664   $ 3,719       Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current Liabilities: Accounts payable $ 244 $ 226 Accrued expenses 276 258 Current portion of long-term debt 5 7 Deferred income taxes 12 12 Income taxes payable 3 6 Liabilities related to discontinued operations   17     15   Total current liabilities 557 524   Long-term debt 2,306 2,297 Deferred income taxes 6 7 Other liabilities   673     735   Total liabilities   3,542     3,563     Stockholders' Equity: Preferred stock - - Common stock 11 10 Treasury stock - - Additional paid-in capital 2,592 2,561 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (139 ) (174 ) Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)   (2,355 )   (2,241 ) Stockholders' equity of parent 109 156 Noncontrolling interest   13     -   Total stockholders' equity including noncontrolling interest   122     156     Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 3,664   $ 3,719             Other Information: Total cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities $ 567 $ 651 Borrowing availability from lines of credit   214     183   Total Liquidity   $ 781     $ 834     (1) Prior-period amounts have been adjusted to reflect our European businesses as discontinued operations.   USG CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(dollars in millions)(Unaudited)     Nine Monthsended September 30,   20122011 (1)   Operating Activities Net loss $ (113 ) $ (290 ) Less: Income from discontinued operations   5     6   Loss from continuing operations (118 ) (296 )   Adjustments to reconcile loss from continuing operations to net cash: Depreciation, depletion and amortization 116 123 Loss on extinguishment of debt 41 - Long-lived asset impairment charges 1 52 Share-based compensation expense 15 19 Deferred income taxes 4 (12 ) Noncash income tax benefit - (3 ) Gain on asset dispositions (8 ) (1 ) (Increase) decrease in working capital: Receivables (33 ) (50 ) Income taxes receivable 2 (4 ) Inventories (11 ) (29 ) Prepaid expenses 2 (2 ) Payables 17 35 Accrued expenses 25 (8 ) Decrease (increase) in other assets 3 (8 ) (Decrease) increase in other liabilities (29 ) 2 Other, net   -     2   Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities   27     (180 )   Investing Activities Purchases of marketable securities (115 ) (295 ) Sales or maturities of marketable securities 269 251 Capital expenditures (41 ) (37 ) Acquisition of mining rights (16 ) - Net proceeds from asset dispositions 14 3 Investments in joint ventures (14 ) - Loan to joint venture (4 ) (4 ) (Deposit) return of restricted cash   (16 )   2   Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities   77     (80 )   Financing Activities Issuance of debt 248 - Repayment of debt (281 ) (5 ) Payment of debt issuance fees (5 ) - Loan from venture partner 2 - Issuance of common stock 1 - Repurchases of common stock to satisfy employee tax withholding obligations   (5 )   (3 ) Net cash used for financing activities   (40 )   (8 )   Effect of exchange rate change on cash 5 (11 )   Net cash provided by operating activities - discontinued operations 4 6 Net cash used for investing activities - discontinued operations   (1 )   -     Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 72 (273 ) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   365     629   Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 437   $ 356     Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures: Interest paid $ 146 $ 141 Income taxes paid, net 5 7 Amount in accounts payable for capital expenditures 2 1   (1) Prior-period amounts have been adjusted to reflect our European businesses as discontinued operations.         USG CORPORATIONCORE BUSINESS RESULTS(dollars in millions)(Unaudited)   Three MonthsNine Months   ended September 30,ended September 30,20122011 (1) 20122011 (1) Net Sales:   North American Gypsum: United States Gypsum Company $ 382 $ 332 $ 1,131 $ 972 CGC Inc. (gypsum) 81 78 248 230 USG Mexico, S.A. de C.V. 42 42 122 123 Other subsidiaries* 20 10 39 24 Eliminations   (29 )   (25 )   (85 )   (76 ) Total   496     437     1,455     1,273     Worldwide Ceilings: USG Interiors, Inc. 121 121 353 343 USG International 32 30 95 85 CGC Inc. (ceilings) 15 15 49 52 Eliminations   (13 )   (12 )   (38 )   (37 ) Total   155     154     459     443     Building Products Distribution: L&W Supply Corporation   300     283     863     796     Eliminations   (123 )   (111 )   (368 )   (328 ) Total USG Corporation $ 828   $ 763   $ 2,409   $ 2,184       Operating Profit (Loss):   North American Gypsum: United States Gypsum Company $ 22 $ (10 ) $ 77 $ (60 ) CGC Inc. (gypsum) 3 (7 ) 8 (2 ) USG Mexico, S.A. de C.V. 6 6 15 16 Other subsidiaries* 5 (59 ) (1 ) (69 ) Eliminations   (1 )   -     (1 )   -   Total   35     (70 )   98     (115 )   Worldwide Ceilings: USG Interiors, Inc. 21 18 61 51 USG International 1 1 - 3 CGC Inc. (ceilings)   2     3     8     11   Total   24     22     69     65     Building Products Distribution: L&W Supply Corporation   (10 )   (17 )   (23 )   (53 )   Corporate (18 ) (16 ) (57 ) (60 ) Eliminations   (2 )   2     (6 )   -   Total USG Corporation $ 29   $ (79 ) $ 81   $ (163 )   (1) Prior-period amounts have been adjusted to reflect our European businesses as discontinued operations.   * Includes our shipping company, our mining operation in Little Narrows, Nova Scotia, Canada, and, for 2011, our mining operation in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada.         USG CORPORATIONRECONCILIATION of ADJUSTED OPERATING PROFIT (LOSS) to REPORTED GAAP OPERATING PROFIT (LOSS)(dollars in millions)(Unaudited)   Three MonthsNine Months   ended September 30,ended September 30,20122011 (1) 20122011 (1)   Adjusted Operating Profit (Loss): North American Gypsum $ 36 $ (18 ) $ 102 $ (54 ) Worldwide Ceilings 24 22 70 65 Building Products Distribution (8 ) (10 ) (23 ) (45 ) Corporate (18 ) (16 ) (57 ) (59 ) Eliminations   (2 )   2     (6 )   -   Total   32     (20 )   86     (93 )     Restructuring and Long-LivedAsset Impairment Charges: North American Gypsum 1 52 4 61 Worldwide Ceilings - - 1 - Building Products Distribution 2 7 - 8 Corporate   -     -     -     1   Total   3     59     5     70       Reported GAAP Operating Profit (Loss): North American Gypsum 35 (70 ) 98 (115 ) Worldwide Ceilings 24 22 69 65 Building Products Distribution (10 ) (17 ) (23 ) (53 ) Corporate (18 ) (16 ) (57 ) (60 ) Eliminations   (2 )   2     (6 )   -   Total   29     (79 )   81     (163 )   (1) Prior-period amounts have been adjusted to reflect our European businesses as discontinued operations.   References to Adjusted Operating Profit (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 SELLING PRICES AND SHIPMENTS               1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Full Year Year Price   Volume Price   Volume Price   Volume Price   Volume Price   Volume 2012 $130.43 1.16 $132.09 1.15 $131.97 1.20   2011 $109.15 0.99 $111.55 0.99 $111.66 1.05 $112.59 1.09 $111.27 4.11   Wallboard price reflects amount per one thousand square feet. Volume expressed in billions of square feet. USG CorporationMedia Inquiries: 312/436-4356Investor Relations: 312/436-6098