Owens Corning Reports Record Quarterly Results

Best Earnings Performance in the Company's History

Oct 26, 2011, 07:30 ET from Owens Corning

TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Improved Third-Quarter EBIT and Revenue in All Three Businesses Versus 2010
  • Delivered 21-Percent EBIT Margins Year-to-Date in Roofing
  • Improved Performance in Insulation on Strong Execution
  • Grew Composites EBIT by 14 Percent Versus 2010

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) today reported that consolidated net sales increased 22 percent to $1.5 billion in the third quarter of 2011, compared with $1.2 billion in the same period last year.

Third-quarter 2011 adjusted earnings, based on the company's expected full-year effective tax rate of 25 percent, were $110 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, compared with $44 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, during the same period last year.  Third-quarter 2011 net earnings were $124 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $58 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2010.  (See Tables 1, 2 and 3 for a discussion and reconciliation of these items.)

"Owens Corning delivered record earnings performance in the third quarter," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Thaman.  "We continue to benefit from strong execution in an uncertain economy and a resilient portfolio of market-leading businesses."

Consolidated Third-Quarter 2011 Results

  • Owens Corning's primary safety metric improved by approximately 25 percent year-to-date over the company's full-year 2010 performance.  This positions the company for a tenth consecutive year of safety improvement.
  • Third-quarter earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) was $177 million in 2011 compared with $69 million in the third quarter of 2010.  In 2010, the company had certain items that were not the result of current operations.  After adjusting for these items, Owens Corning's third-quarter 2010 EBIT was $90 million.  (See Table 2 for a reconciliation of these items.)
  • Gross margin as a percentage of net sales was 22 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared with 20 percent in 2010.

Other Financial Items

  • The company maintains a strong balance sheet with ample liquidity.  The company refinanced its senior revolving credit facility in the quarter to extend its maturity to 2016 and reduce borrowing costs.  
  • The company has repurchased 4.0 million shares of its common stock year-to-date.  As of September 30, 2011, an additional 3.7 million shares remained available for repurchase.
  • Owens Corning's federal tax net operating loss carry-forward was $2.3 billion as of September 30, 2011.
  • At the end of the third quarter of 2011, excluding the impact of interest rate swaps, Owens Corning had total debt, less cash-on-hand of $1.96 billion, compared with $1.57 billion at the end of 2010.

Outlook

"The company's current-year estimate for EBIT is now in the range of $460 million to $490 million, reflecting our expectation that some portion of the storm-related demand for our Roofing products will materialize in 2012, as well as a moderated view of growth in the Composites market in 2011," Thaman said.  "At the midpoint of this EBIT range, we anticipate delivering a second consecutive year of Adjusted EPS growth of nearly 40 percent."

Owens Corning outlines the following additional expectations for 2011:

As a result of tax-planning initiatives, the effective book tax rate for 2011 is now expected to be 25 percent or less.  Cash taxes are expected to be less than $30 million in 2011.  The company estimates a long-term effective tax rate of 25 percent to 28 percent based on the blend of effective tax rates for its U.S. and non-U.S. operations.  

Depreciation and amortization expense will be approximately $330 million in 2011.  

Capital expenditures in 2011 are expected to total approximately $400 million.  

Next Earnings Announcement Fourth-quarter 2011 and full-year 2011 results will be announced on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

Third-Quarter Conference Call and Presentation Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

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About Owens Corning

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems.  A Fortune® 500 company for 57 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability by delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives.  Founded in 1938, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of $5.0 billion in 2010 and approximately 15,000 employees in 28 countries on five continents.  Additional information is available at www.owenscorning.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these statements. Such factors include, without limitation: economic and political conditions, including new legislation or other governmental actions; levels of residential and commercial construction activity; competitive factors; pricing factors; weather conditions; our level of indebtedness; industry and economic conditions that affect the market and operating conditions of our customers, suppliers or lenders; availability and cost of energy and materials; availability and cost of credit; interest rate movements; issues related to expansion of our production capacity; issues related to acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures; our ability to use our net operating loss carry-forwards; achievement of expected synergies, cost reductions and/or productivity improvements; issues involving implementation of new business systems; foreign exchange fluctuations; research and development activities; difficulties in managing production capacity; labor disputes; and factors detailed from time to time in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The information in this news release speaks as of the date October 26, 2011, and is subject to change. The company does not undertake any duty to update or revise forward-looking statements. Any distribution of this news release after that date is not intended and will not be construed as updating or confirming such information.

Table 1

Owens Corning and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(unaudited)

(in millions, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Sept. 30,

Sept. 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

NET SALES

$

1,450

$

1,186

$

4,139

$

3,829

COST OF SALES

1,133

950

3,341

3,073

Gross margin

317

236

798

756

OPERATING EXPENSES

Marketing and administrative expenses

119

123

395

385

Science and technology expenses

20

19

58

55

Charges related to cost reduction actions

-

15

-

24

Other (income) expenses, net

1

10

(28)

15

Total operating expenses

140

167

425

479

EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST AND TAXES

177

69

373

277

Interest expense, net

28

28

81

85

EARNINGS BEFORE TAXES

149

41

292

192

Less: Income tax expense (benefit)

23

(19)

63

(854)

Equity in net earnings of affiliates

-

1

1

3

NET EARNINGS

126

61

230

1,049

Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

2

3

4

6

NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWENS CORNING

$

124

$

58

$

226

$

1,043

EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO

OWENS CORNING COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

Basic

$

1.02

$

0.46

$

1.83

$

8.27

Diluted

$

1.01

$

0.46

$

1.82

$

8.19

WEIGHTED-AVERAGE COMMON SHARES

Basic

121.7

125.1

123.2

126.1

Diluted

122.6

126.6

124.2

127.4

Owens Corning follows the authoritative guidance referring to "Noncontrolling Interest in Consolidated Financial Statements," effective January 1, 2009, which, among other things, changed the presentation format and certain captions of the Consolidated Statements of Earnings and Consolidated Balance Sheets. Owens Corning uses the captions recommended by this standard in its Consolidated Financial Statements such as net earnings attributable to Owens Corning and diluted earnings per common share attributable to Owens Corning common stockholders.  However, in the preceding release Owens Corning has shortened this language to net earnings and earnings per share (or a slight variation thereof), respectively.

Table 2

Owens Corning and Subsidiaries

EBIT Reconciliation Schedules

(unaudited)

For purposes of internal review of Owens Corning's year-over-year operational performance, management excludes from net earnings attributable to Owens Corning certain items it believes are not the result of current operations.  The adjusted financial measure resulting from these adjustments is used internally by Owens Corning for various purposes, including reporting results of operations to the Board of Directors, analysis of performance, and related employee compensation measures.  Although management believes that these adjustments result in a measure that provides it a useful representation of its operational performance, the adjusted measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net earnings attributable to Owens Corning as prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

Adjusting items are shown in the table below (in millions):

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Sept. 30,

Sept. 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Charges related to cost reduction actions and related items

$

-

$

(16)

$

-

$

(33)

Acquisition, integration, transaction, and other costs

-

(4)

-

(6)

Net precious metal lease expense

-

(1)

-

(1)

Total adjusting items

$

-

$

(21)

$

-

$

(40)

The reconciliation from net earnings attributable to Owens Corning to Adjusted EBIT is shown in the table below (in millions):

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Sept. 30,

Sept. 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO

OWENS CORNING

$

124

$

58

$

226

$

1,043

Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

2

3

4

6

NET EARNINGS

126

61

230

1,049

Equity in net earnings of affiliates

-

1

1

3

Income tax expense (benefit)

23

(19)

63

(854)

EARNINGS BEFORE TAXES

149

41

292

192

Interest expense, net

28

28

81

85

EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST AND TAXES

177

69

373

277

Less: adjusting items from above

-

(21)

-

(40)

ADJUSTED EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST AND TAXES

$

177

$

90

$

373

$

317

Table 3

Owens Corning and Subsidiaries

EPS Reconciliation Schedules

(unaudited)

(in millions, except per share data)

For purposes of internal review of Owens Corning's year-over-year operational performance, management excludes from net earnings attributable to Owens Corning certain items it believes are not the result of current operations. The adjusted financial measures resulting from these adjustments are used internally by Owens Corning for various purposes, including reporting results of operations to the Board of Directors, analysis of performance and related employee compensation measures. Although management believes that these adjustments result in measures that provide it a useful representation of its operational performance, the adjusted measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net earnings attributable to Owens Corning as prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

A reconciliation from net earnings attributable to Owens Corning to Adjusted Earnings and a reconciliation from diluted earnings per share to adjusted diluted earnings per share are shown in the tables below:

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Sept. 30,

Sept. 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

RECONCILIATION TO ADJUSTED EARNINGS

Net earnings attributable to Owens Corning

$

124

$

58

$

226

$

1,043

Adjustment to remove adjusting items net of pro forma effective tax rate*

-

16

-

30

Adjustment to tax expense to reflect pro forma tax rate*

(14)

(30)

(10)

(903)

ADJUSTED EARNINGS

$

110

$

44

$

216

$

170

RECONCILIATION TO ADJUSTED DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWENS CORNING COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWENS CORNING COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

$

1.01

$

0.46

$

1.82

$

8.19

Adjustment to remove adjusting items net of pro forma tax rate*

-

0.13

-

0.23

Adjustment to tax expense to reflect a pro forma tax rate*

(0.11)

(0.24)

(0.08)

(7.09)

ADJUSTED DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWENS CORNING COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

$

0.90

$

0.35

$

1.74

$

1.33

RECONCILIATION TO DILUTED SHARES OUTSTANDING

Weighted-average shares outstanding used for basic earnings per share

121.7

125.1

123.2

126.1

Non-vested restricted shares

0.6

1.3

0.6

1.1

Options to purchase common stock

0.3

0.2

0.4

0.2

Diluted shares outstanding

122.6

126.6

124.2

127.4

* Pro forma tax rates used were 25% in 2011 and 2010 as this is the expected full-year effective tax rate based upon the projected blend of its U.S. and non-U.S. operations.

Table 4

Owens Corning and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(unaudited)

(in millions)

Nine Months Ended

Sept. 30,

2011

2010

NET CASH FLOW PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Net earnings

$

230

$

1,049

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

243

242

Gain on sale of businesses and fixed assets

(30)

(4)

Deferred income taxes

29

(874)

Provision for pension and other employee benefits liabilities

26

23

Stock-based compensation expense

16

16

Other non-cash

(18)

(6)

Change in working capital

(330)

(132)

Pension fund contribution

(104)

(29)

Payments for other employee benefits liabilities

(17)

(19)

Other

14

15

Net cash flow provided by operating activities

59

281

NET CASH FLOW USED FOR INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Additions to plant and equipment

(303)

(199)

Investment in subsidiaries and affiliates, net of cash acquired

(84)

-

Proceeds from the sale of assets or affiliates

81

16

Net cash flow used for investing activities

(306)

(183)

NET CASH FLOW PROVIDED BY (USED FOR) FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from senior revolving credit facility

805

406

Payments on senior revolving credit facility

(629)

(315)

Proceeds from long-term debt

6

1

Payments on long-term debt

(10)

(606)

Net increase (decrease) in short-term debt

219

(8)

Purchases of treasury stock

(138)

(102)

Other

12

2

Net cash flow provided by (used for) financing activities

265

(622)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(20)

(5)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(2)

(529)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

52

564

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD

$

50

$

35

Table 5

Owens Corning and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited)

(in millions)

ASSETS

Sept. 30,

Dec. 31,

2011

2010

CURRENT ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents

$

50

$

52

Receivables, less allowances of $15 at Sept. 30, 2011, and $19 at Dec. 31, 2010

783

546

Inventories

746

620

Assets held for sale - current

-

16

Other current assets

214

174

Total current assets

1,793

1,408

Property, plant and equipment, net

2,839

2,754

Goodwill

1,145

1,088

Intangible assets

1,079

1,090

Deferred income taxes

517

529

Assets held for sale - non-current

-

26

Other non-current assets

293

263

TOTAL ASSETS

$

7,666

$

7,158

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

960

$

942

Short-term debt

221

1

Long-term debt - current portion

3

5

Liabilities held for sale - current

-

7

Total current liabilities

1,184

955

Long-term debt, net of current portion

1,832

1,629

Pension plan liability

311

378

Other employee benefits liability

295

298

Deferred income taxes

60

75

Other liabilities

203

137

Commitments and contingencies

OWENS CORNING STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share (a)

-

-

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share (b)

1

1

Additional paid in capital

3,900

3,876

Accumulated earnings

420

194

Accumulated other comprehensive deficit

(217)

(194)

Cost of common stock in treasury (c)

(362)

(229)

Total Owens Corning stockholders' equity

3,742

3,648

Noncontrolling interests

39

38

Total equity

3,781

3,686

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

7,666

$

7,158

(a) 10 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding at Sept. 30, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2010

(b) 400 shares authorized; 134.4 issued and 120.9 outstanding at Sept. 30, 2011; 133.2 issued and 123.9 outstanding at Dec. 31, 2010

(c) 13.5 shares at Sept. 30, 2011, and 9.3 shares at Dec. 31, 2010

Table 6

Owens Corning and Subsidiaries

Segment and Business Information

(unaudited)

Composites

The table below provides a summary of net sales, EBIT and depreciation and amortization expense for the Composites segment (in millions):

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Sept. 30,

Sept. 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Net sales

$

496

$

477

$

1,517

$

1,431

    % change from prior year

4%

6%

6%

21%

EBIT

$

49

$

43

$

152

$

116

    EBIT as a % of net sales

10%

9%

10%

8%

Depreciation and amortization expense

$

31

$

32

$

97

$

90

Building Materials

The table below provides a summary of net sales, EBIT and depreciation and amortization expense for the Building Materials segment and our businesses within this segment (in millions):

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Sept. 30,

Sept. 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Net sales

Insulation

$

365

$

315

$

981

$

953

Roofing

644

404

1,785

1,507

Other

-

23

-

66

Total Building Materials

$

1,009

$

742

$

2,766

$

2,526

    % change from prior year

36%

-21%

10%

-2%

EBIT

Insulation

$

(12)

$

(18)

$

(97)

$

(80)

Roofing

156

91

374

368

Other

-

(6)

-

(16)

Total Building Materials

$

144

$

67

$

277

$

272

    EBIT as a % of net sales

14%

9%

10%

11%

Depreciation and amortization expense

Insulation

$

30

$

34

$

89

$

94

Roofing

10

9

31

30

Total Building Materials

$

40

$

43

$

120

$

124

Table 7

Owens Corning and Subsidiaries

Corporate, Other and Eliminations

(unaudited)

Corporate, Other and Eliminations

The table below provides a summary of EBIT and depreciation and amortization expense for the Corporate, Other and Eliminations category (in millions):

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Sept. 30,

Sept. 30,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Charges related to cost reduction actions and related items

$

-

$

(16)

$

(17)

$

(33)

Acquisition, integration, transaction and other costs

-

(4)

-

(6)

Net precious metal lease expense

-

(1)

-

(1)

Gain on sale of Capivari, Brazil, facility

-

-

16

-

General corporate expense and other

(16)

(20)

(55)

(71)

EBIT

$

(16)

$

(41)

$

(56)

$

(111)

Depreciation and amortization

$

7

$

8

$

26

$

28

SOURCE Owens Corning



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