Packaging Corporation of America Reports Third Quarter 2023 Results

Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE: PKG) today reported third quarter 2023 net income of $183 million, or $2.03 per share, and net income of $185 million, or $2.05 per share, excluding special items. Third quarter net sales were $1.9 billion in 2023 and $2.1 billion in 2022.

Reported earnings in the third quarter of 2023 include special items primarily for certain costs at the Jackson, AL mill for paper-to-containerboard conversion related activities.

Excluding special items, the ($.78) per share decrease in third quarter 2023 earnings compared to the third quarter of 2022 was driven primarily by lower price and mix ($1.33) and volume ($.09) in the Packaging segment, higher depreciation expense ($.11), lower volume in the Paper segment ($.04), a higher tax rate ($.02), and other expenses ($.02). These items were partially offset by lower operating costs $.58, a lower share count resulting from share repurchases in the second half of 2022 $.11, higher prices and mix in the Paper segment $.04, lower converting costs $.04, lower scheduled maintenance outage expenses $.04, and lower freight and logistics expenses $.02.

Results were $.17 above third quarter guidance of $1.88 per share primarily due to higher volume in the Packaging and Paper segments and lower operating and converting costs.
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