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A CP rail train carrying Canfor softwood lumber travels near Medicine Hat, Alta., on Sept. 6, 2018.Bayne Stanley/The Canadian Press

Canfor Corp. says its results turned positive in the second quarter on a large reversal of a writedown in its lumber operations due to improved demand and prices towards the end of the quarter.

The Vancouver-based forest products firm says it earned $60.7-million or 48 cents per share in the three months ended June 30, compared with a loss of $48.8-million or 38 cents per share a year earlier.

The results included an $80.6-million recovery of previous inventory write-downs as an unexpected increase in demand in the months following a dramatic drop in U.S. housing starts in April prompted a big boost in lumber prices.

Western SPF (spruce, pine, fir) prices surged 53 per cent to US$432 per million board feet by the end of June, compared with a low of US$282 per Mfbm in April.

Adjusted profits reached $83.4-million or 67 cents per share, compared with a loss of $12-million or 10 cents per share in the prior year.

Revenues decreased 15 per cent to $1.1-billion from $1.3-billion in the second quarter of 2019. Canfor was expected to lose 27 cents per share on $1.03-billion of revenues, according to financial markets data firm Revinitiv.

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