Fourth quarter net earnings (loss) attributable to International Paper of $107 million ($0.28 per diluted share) compared with $864 million ($2.20 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2021 and $153 million ($0.39 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter of 2020. Third quarter 2021 net earnings include a net after-tax gain of $350 million ($0.89 per diluted share) on the sale of our Kwidzyn, Poland mill. Fourth quarter adjusted operating earnings (non-GAAP) of $301 million ($0.78 per diluted share) compared with $431 million ($1.10 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2021 and $206 million ($0.53 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Full-year net earnings (loss) attributable to International Paper of $1.8 billion ($4.47 per diluted share) compared with $482 million ($1.22 per diluted share) for full-year 2020. Full-year adjusted operating earnings (non-GAAP) of $1.3 billion ($3.20 per diluted share) compared with $848 million ($2.14 per diluted share) for full-year 2020.
*Fourth quarter cash provided by operations of $107 million, including approximately $240 million of income tax payments related to 2021 monetization transactions and approximately $60 million payroll tax payments related to the CARES Act. Full-year 2021 cash from operations of $2.0 billion compared with $3.1 billion for full-year 2020.
*Ilim equity earnings of $66 million, bringing full-year to $311 million
*Focused our portfolio, strengthened our balance sheet and returned significant cash to our shareowners:
**Debt reduction of $1.4 billion, bringing full-year to $2.5 billion
**Share repurchases of $413 million, bringing full-year to $811 million
**Qualified pension plan fully funded
*Initiated meaningful actions to accelerate profitable growth and materially lower our cost structure.
“In 2021, International Paper grew revenue and earnings in a highly challenging operating and cost environment,” said Mark Sutton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Throughout 2021, we serviced strong customer demand while managing through significant operational and supply chain constraints. We focused our portfolio around corrugated packaging and initiated meaningful actions to accelerate profitable growth and materially lower our cost structure. Additionally, we returned $1.6 billion to shareowners through strong cash generation and reduced debt by $2.5 billion.”
Sutton added, “As we enter 2022, underlying customer demand remains solid, although we anticipate near-term pressure on volume due to Omicron-related labor and logistics constraints on the value chain. We expect to grow earnings in 2022 and are confident in our ability to accelerate value creation for our shareowners and customers as we take actions to Build a Better IP.”
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