Interfor Reports Q4’20 Results

*EBITDA1 of $249 million on Sales of $662 million
*Net Cash Position and Available Liquidity of $788 million

Interfor Corporation (“Interfor” or the “Company”) (TSX: IFP) recorded Net earnings in Q4’20 of $149.1 million, or $2.24 per share, compared to $121.6 million, or $1.81 per share in Q3’20 and Net loss of $41.7 million, or $0.62 per share in Q4’19. Adjusted net earnings in Q4’20 was $164.7 million compared to $140.0 million in Q3’20 and Adjusted net loss of $17.4 million in Q4’19.

Adjusted EBITDA was a record $248.6 million on sales of $662.3 million in Q4’20 versus $221.7 million on sales of $644.9 million in Q3’20.

Interfor recorded Net earnings of $280.3 million, or $4.18 per share, in 2020, compared to Net loss of $103.8 million, or $1.54 per share in 2019. Adjusted EBITDA was $549.7 million on sales of $2.2 billion.

Notable items in the quarter:
• Strong Free Cash Flow Generation
• Interfor generated $205.0 million of cash flow from operations before changes in working capital, or $3.07 per share, and an additional $24.9 million of cash from reduced working capital.
• Capital spending was $36.0 million, including $21.7 million on high-return discretionary projects primarily in the U.S. South. US$96.1 million has been spent on the Company’s Phase II strategic capital plan through December 31, 2020.
• Net debt ended the quarter at $(75.4) million, or (7.5)% of invested capital, resulting in available liquidity of $787.5 million.
• Seasonally Robust Lumber Market
• Interfor’s average selling price was $842 per mfbm, down $68 per mfbm versus record levels in Q3’20. Movements in key benchmark prices were mixed compared to Q3’20 as the SYP Composite and Western SPF Composite benchmarks decreased by US$145 and US$59 to US$603 and US$652 per mfbm, respectively, while the KD H-F Stud 2×4 9’ benchmark increased by US$43 to US$807 per mfbm.
• Production Increased to Meet Demand
• Total lumber production in Q4’20 was 687 million board feet, representing an increase of 45 million board feet quarter-over-quarter. The U.S. South and U.S. Northwest regions accounted for 361 million board feet and 136 million board feet, respectively, compared to 331 million board feet and 118 million board feet in Q3’20. Production in the B.C. region decreased to 190 million board feet from 193 million board feet in the preceding quarter.
• Total lumber shipments were 683 million board feet, including agency and wholesale volumes, or 65 million board feet higher than Q3’20.
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