Weyerhaeuser Company today reported net earnings of $84 million for the second quarter, or 16 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $1.8 billion. This compares with net earnings of $10 million on net sales from continuing operations of $1.6 billion for the same period last year.
2Q 2012 Performance - Timberlands - The segment's earnings increased $7 million compared with the first quarter, primarily due to seasonally higher fee harvest in the West and South and increased demand for domestic and export logs. Average selling prices for export logs declined, and domestic prices for Western and Southern logs rose slightly.
3Q 2012 Outlook - Weyerhaeuser expects comparable earnings from the Timberlands segment in the third quarter. The company expects higher earnings from the disposition of non-strategic timberlands, partially offset by lower domestic selling prices for Western logs and a decline in Southern log price realizations due to mix.
2Q 2012 Performance - Wood Products - Results before special items improved $43 million compared with the first quarter, primarily due to higher selling prices for lumber and oriented strand board and operational improvements. Lumber prices increased 13 percent, and prices for oriented strand board improved 9 percent. Sales volumes increased substantially.
Special items for the second quarter include a $6 million pre-tax gain on the sale of property.
3Q 2012 Outlook - Weyerhaeuser anticipates lower earnings from the Wood Products segment in the third quarter. The company expects comparable sales volumes for most products and seasonally lower selling prices for lumber.
2Q 2012 Performance - Cellulose Fibers - The segment's earnings declined $12 million. Average selling prices for pulp were approximately flat compared with first quarter. Planned maintenance costs increased and sales volumes declined due to timing of shipments and reduced pulp production resulting from operational issues experienced during the quarter. First and second quarter each included two scheduled annual maintenance outages.
3Q 2012 Outlook - Weyerhaeuser expects significantly higher earnings from the Cellulose Fibers segment in the third quarter. The company anticipates improved productivity, lower annual maintenance expense, and reduced chemical, energy and fiber costs, partially offset by slightly lower selling prices for pulp.