Packaging Corporation of America today reported third quarter 2011 net income of $42 million, or $0.42 per share, which included after-tax charges of $1 million, or $0.01 per share, from asset disposals related to major energy projects. Net income, excluding these charges, was $43 million, or $0.43 per share, compared to third quarter 2010 net income of $62 million, or $0.60 per share, which excludes income from cellulosic biofuel credits and asset disposal charges.
Higher volume improved earnings by $0.04 per share compared to last year's third quarter, but higher costs ($0.18), sales mix ($0.02) and price ($0.01) more than offset this improvement. The higher costs included transportation ($0.04), recycled fiber ($0.04), labor and benefits ($0.04), energy ($0.02), chemicals ($0.02) and other items ($0.02).
Excluding special items, net income for the first nine months of 2011 was $122 million, or $1.21 per share, compared to $113 million, or $1.10 per share in 2010. This earnings increase was driven by price and mix ($0.41), higher volume ($0.15), lower interest expense ($0.03) and lower energy usage ($0.03). These items were partially offset by cost increases of $0.51 per share for essentially the same items noted above for the third quarter.
Net sales were $671 million, up 4.4% compared to the third quarter of 2010, and year-to-date net sales were $2.0 billion, up 8.7% over 2010.