Packaging Corporation Of America Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE: PKG) today reported first quarter 2022 net income of $254 million, or $2.70 per share, and net income of $256 million, or $2.72 per share, excluding special items. First quarter net sales were $2.1 billion in 2022 and $1.8 billion in 2021.

Reported earnings in the first quarter of 2022 include special items primarily for certain costs at the Jackson, AL mill for paper-to-containerboard conversion related activities.

Excluding special items, the $.95 per share increase in first quarter 2022 earnings compared to the first quarter of 2021 was driven primarily by higher prices and mix $1.83 and volume $.23 in the Packaging segment, higher prices and mix in the Paper segment $.15, a lower share count resulting from share repurchases $.03, and lower interest expense $.02. These items were partially offset by higher operating costs ($.71), higher freight and logistics expenses ($.27), higher converting costs ($.11), higher depreciation expense ($.07), lower volume in the Paper segment ($.06), higher scheduled outage expenses ($.05), a higher tax rate ($.03), and other costs ($.01).

Results were $.22 above first quarter guidance of $2.50 per share primarily due to higher prices and mix and higher volumes in both the Packaging and Paper segments, operating cost improvements from efficiency and usage initiatives, and favorable weather conditions.
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