Boise Cascade Company Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results
August 02, 2021 at 16:05 PM EDT
Boise Cascade Company ("Boise Cascade," the "Company," "we," or "our") (NYSE: BCC) today reported net income of $302.6 million, or $7.62 per share, on sales of $2.4 billion for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021, compared with net income of $33.6 million, or $0.85 per share, on sales of $1.2 billion for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.
“Our associates in both businesses performed with focus and dedication to capitalize on the strength in residential construction, delivering exceptional results while supporting our customers and supplier partners. Additionally, as a tribute to our associates’ commitment to safety, I’m proud to report we completed one of our safest quarters on record,” stated Nate Jorgensen, CEO. “As we look to the third quarter, the downward commodity pricing trends experienced in recent weeks have created a challenging environment, and we are focused on mitigating their impact without sacrificing customer service. The strength of our current balance sheet position allows us to remain focused on executing our strategy, including future organic and acquisition growth opportunities.”
As both a manufacturer and a distributor, our second quarter 2021 financial results were favorably impacted by higher commodity wood products pricing compared to pricing in the same period last year, driven by continued robust construction activity during second quarter 2021. While not subject to the significant price fluctuations of commodity products, demand also exceeded supply for many of the general line and engineered wood products (EWP) distributed by Building Materials Distribution (BMD). Lumber pricing peaked in May 2021, then dropped sharply driven by declining repair and remodel and "do-it-yourself" activity, causing hesitancy in the marketplace because of expectations for potential price erosion. With COVID-19 vaccines and easing pandemic restrictions, people are spending less time at home on home improvement projects, resulting in reduced demand from our home center customers.
In the second quarter 2021, total U.S. housing starts increased 43% compared to the same period in 2020. Single-family housing starts, the primary driver of our sales volumes, also increased 42%. On a year-to-date basis through June 2021, total and single-family housing starts increased 25% and 30%, respectively, compared with the same period in 2020.
Wood Products' sales, including sales to BMD, increased $313.1 million, or 111%, to $594.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, from $281.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The increase in sales was driven primarily by higher plywood prices, as plywood demand in the second quarter outpaced industry production levels, driving the favorable pricing. Higher sales volumes and net sales prices for I-joists and LVL (collectively referred to as EWP) also increased compared to the prior period. In addition, improved lumber sales prices and plywood sales volumes contributed to the increase in sales. Comparative average net selling prices and sales volume changes for EWP and plywood are as follows:
Wood Products' segment income increased $196.7 million to $213.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, from $17.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The increase in segment income was due primarily to higher plywood, EWP, and lumber sales prices, as well as higher EWP sales volumes. These improvements were offset partially by higher wood fiber costs, as well as increased selling and distribution expenses of $1.3 million.
Building Materials Distribution
BMD's sales increased $1,038.5 million, or 92%, to $2,172.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, from $1,134.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. Compared with the same quarter in the prior year, the overall increase in sales was driven by sales price and volume increases of 83% and 9%, respectively. By product line, commodity sales increased 167%, general line product sales increased 26%, and sales of EWP (substantially all of which is sourced through our Wood Products segment) increased 52%.
BMD segment income increased $163.1 million to $206.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, from $43.2 million in the comparative prior year quarter. The improvement in segment income was driven by a gross margin increase of $187.9 million, resulting from improved sales volumes and gross margins on substantially all product lines, particularly commodity products, compared with second quarter 2020. The margin improvement was offset partially by increased selling and distribution expenses of $25.9 million.
Unallocated Corporate Costs
Unallocated corporate expenses increased $1.8 million to $10.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, from $8.5 million for the same period in the prior year. As part of our self-insured risk retention program, corporate absorbed approximately $3.4 million of estimated insurance losses resulting from a fire at our BMD Phoenix location. These losses were offset partially by lower incentive compensation driven by the departure of an officer and related forfeiture of accrued incentive compensation.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
Boise Cascade ended second quarter 2021 with $653.8 million of cash and cash equivalents and $345.3 million of undrawn committed bank line availability, for total available liquidity of $999.1 million. The Company had $444.2 million of outstanding debt at June 30, 2021.
We expect capital expenditures in 2021 to total approximately $90 million to $100 million. Included in our capital spending range is the completion of a log utilization center project at our Florien plywood and veneer plant, a new door assembly operation in Houston, and expansion of our distribution capabilities in the Nashville market. This level of capital expenditures could increase or decrease as a result of a number of factors, including acquisitions, efforts to accelerate organic growth, exercise of lease purchase options, our financial results, future economic conditions, availability of engineering and construction resources, and timing and availability of equipment purchases.
On June 28, 2021, our board of directors declared a supplemental dividend of $2.00 per share on our common stock, payable on July 30, 2021, to stockholders of record on July 15, 2021. At June 30, 2021, we accrued $78.7 million in "Dividends payable" on our Consolidated Balance Sheets, representing our supplemental dividend declaration. On July 29, 2021, our board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share on our common stock, payable on September 15, 2021, to stockholders of record on September 1, 2021.
Future dividend declarations, including amount per share, record date and payment date, will be made at the discretion of our board of directors and will depend upon, among other things, legal capital requirements and surplus, our future operations and earnings, general financial condition, contractual obligations, restrictions imposed by our asset-based credit facility and the indenture governing our senior notes, applicable laws, and other factors that our board of directors may deem relevant.
In recent months, the effects of the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19 safety protocols have resulted in fewer pandemic-related disruptions to both our manufacturing and distribution locations. Although many restrictions related to COVID-19 have been lightened, we continue to conduct business with certain modifications to mill and distribution center housekeeping and cleanliness protocols, employee travel, employee work locations, and virtualization or cancellation of certain sales and marketing events, among other modifications. In addition, we continue to actively monitor evolving developments, including the impact of COVID-19 variants, and may take actions that alter our business operations as may be required by federal, state, or local authorities, or that we determine are in the best interests of our employees, customers, suppliers, communities, and stockholders.
Economic uncertainty due to the pandemic continues. However, low mortgage rates, continuation of work-from-home practices by many in the economy, and demographics in the U.S. have created a favorable demand environment for new residential construction, particularly single-family housing starts, which we expect to continue in 2021 and into next year. As of July 2021, the Blue Chip Economic Indicators consensus forecast for 2021 and 2022 single- and multi-family housing starts in the U.S. were 1.60 million and 1.58 million units, respectively, compared with actual housing starts of 1.38 million in 2020, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. Although we believe that current U.S. demographics support the higher level of forecasted housing starts, and many national home builders are reporting strong near-term backlogs, labor shortages and supply induced constraints on residential construction activity may continue to extend build times and limit activity. In addition, while the age of the U.S. housing stock and limited home inventory availability will continue to provide a favorable backdrop for repair and remodel spending, we expect the recent decline in home improvement demand to continue near-term as travel restrictions are rescinded and pent-up demand for leisure spending occurs.
As a wholesale distributor of a broad mix of commodity products and a manufacturer of certain commodity products, we have sales and profitability exposure to declines in commodity product prices. Lumber pricing was very volatile during second quarter 2021, with rapidly rising prices in April and most of May followed by sharp price declines during the remainder of the quarter. Our BMD segment purchases and resells a broad mix of commodity products with periods of increasing prices providing the opportunity for higher sales and increased margins, while declining price environments expose us to declines in sales and profitability. Current composite panel and lumber prices have declined by approximately 53% and 48% from levels at the end of second quarter 2021. Future commodity product pricing and commodity input costs could be volatile in response to capacity restoration and industry operating rates, the impact of COVID-19 on residential construction, net import and export activity, transportation constraints or disruptions, inventory levels in various distribution channels, and seasonal demand patterns.
About Boise Cascade
Boise Cascade Company is one of the largest producers of engineered wood products and plywood in North America and a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.bc.com.
Webcast and Conference Call
Boise Cascade will host a webcast and conference call to discuss second quarter earnings on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 11 a.m. Eastern.
To participate in the conference call, dial 844-795-4410 and use participant passcode 6669007 (international callers should dial 661-378-9637). To join the webcast, go to the Investor Relations section at www.bc.com and select the Event Calendar link.
A replay of the conference call will be available from Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 2 p.m. Eastern through Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at 2 p.m. Eastern. Replay numbers are 855-859-2056 for U.S. callers and 404-537-3406 for international callers with a passcode of 6669007. The archived webcast will be available in the Investor Relations section of Boise Cascade's website.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We refer to the terms EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA in this earnings release and the accompanying Quarterly Statistical Information as supplemental measures of our performance and liquidity that are not required by or presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). We define EBITDA as income (loss) before interest (interest expense and interest income), income taxes, and depreciation and amortization. Additionally, we disclose Adjusted EBITDA, which further adjusts EBITDA to exclude the change in fair value of interest rate swaps.
We believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are meaningful measures because they present a transparent view of our recurring operating performance and allow management to readily view operating trends, perform analytical comparisons, and identify strategies to improve operating performance. We also believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors because they provide a means to evaluate the operating performance of our segments and our Company on an ongoing basis using criteria that are used by our management and because they are frequently used by investors and other interested parties when comparing companies in our industry that have different financing and capital structures and/or tax rates. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, however, are not measures of our liquidity or financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss), income (loss) from operations, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP or as alternatives to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. The use of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA instead of net income (loss) or segment income (loss) have limitations as analytical tools, including: the inability to determine profitability; the exclusion of interest expense, interest income, and associated significant cash requirements; and the exclusion of depreciation and amortization, which represent unavoidable operating costs. Management compensates for these limitations by relying on our GAAP results. Our measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of other companies due to potential inconsistencies in the methods of calculation.
This press release includes statements about our expectations of future operational and financial performance that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Statements preceded or followed by, or that otherwise include, the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "project," "estimates," "plans," "forecast," "is likely to," and similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "may," "would," "should," and "could" are generally forward-looking in nature and not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. The accuracy of such statements is subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected, including, but not limited to, prices for building products, changes in the competitive position of our products, commodity input costs, the effect of general economic conditions, the effect of COVID-19, mortgage rates and availability, housing demand, housing vacancy rates, governmental regulations, unforeseen production disruptions, as well as natural disasters. These and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements are discussed in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to revise them in light of new information. Finally, we undertake no obligation to review or confirm analyst expectations or estimates that might be derived from this release.
See accompanying summary notes to consolidated financial statements and segment information.
Summary Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements and Segment Information
The Consolidated Statements of Operations, Segment Statements of Operations, Consolidated Balance Sheets, Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, and Segment Information presented herein do not include the notes accompanying the Company's Consolidated Financial Statements and should be read in conjunction with the Company’s 2020 Form 10-K and the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Net income for all periods presented involved estimates and accruals.
The following table reconciles segment income and unallocated corporate costs to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, and March 31, 2021, and the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020: