USG Corporation Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

USG Corporation Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Fourth Quarter 2012 vs. Fourth Quarter 2011

Consolidated Business Highlights (continuing operations)

  • Sales increased 12 percent to $815 million
  • Operating loss of $8 million compared to operating loss of $43 million
  • Adjusted operating profit of $5 million compared to adjusted operating loss of $38 million

Business Unit Highlights (continuing operations)

  • U.S. Gypsum wallboard shipments totaled 1.22 BSF vs. 1.09 BSF
  • U.S. Gypsum average wallboard price of $132.26 per thousand square feet vs. $112.59
  • Worldwide Ceilings operating profit decreased 18 percent to $14 million
  • L&W Supply same store net sales increased 13 percent
  • SHEETROCK®Brand UltraLight Panels accounted for 49 percent of all USG wallboard shipments in the United States

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- USG Corporation (NYS: USG) , a leading building products company, today reported fourth quarter 2012 net sales from continuing operations of $815 million, up 12 percent from fourth quarter 2011 net sales from continuing operations of $726 million. USG's fourth quarter operating loss from continuing operations was $8 million compared to a $43 million operating loss from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2011. The fourth quarter 2012 net loss was $13 million, or $0.11 per share. This result compares to a $100 million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2011, or $0.95 per share.

"Our wallboard results were the strongest we have seen in over three years, and we achieved our fourth consecutive quarter of positive adjusted operating profit," said James S. Metcalf, Chairman, President and CEO. "The results for Worldwide Ceilings and L&W Supply show the commercial markets remain choppy, but we continue to see signs of a housing recovery."

The corporation's adjusted operating profit from continuing operations was $5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, which compares to an adjusted operating loss from continuing operations of $38 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. A reconciliation of adjusted operating profit to operating profit is set forth on a schedule attached hereto. The operating profit from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2012 includes $13 million in restructuring and long-lived asset impairment charges.

The Corporation recorded full year 2012 net sales from continuing operations of $3.2 billion, an operating profit from continuing operations of $73 million and a net loss of $126 million. For the full year 2011, net sales from continuing operations were $2.9 billion, the operating loss from continuing operations was $206 million and net loss was $390 million.

During the third quarter, the Corporation announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to sell its European operations. This transaction was completed on December 27, 2012, resulting in a gain on sale of $55 million. Results from European operations have been reported as discontinued operations for all periods presented. Those operations reported net sales of $106 million and operating profit of $7 million for 2012, and $114 million and $9 million, respectively, for 2011.

"While I am pleased with the progress on Our Plan to Win in 2012, there is more work to be done," Metcalf said. "Our focus remains on achieving positive net earnings, and I look forward to continued growth in 2013."

A conference call is being held today at 10:00 A.M. Central Time during which USG senior management will discuss the corporation's operating results. The conference call will be webcast on the USG website,, in the Investor Relations section. The dial-in number for the conference call is 1-800-315-2944 (1-847-413-2929 for international callers), and the pass code is 34052563. After the live webcast, a replay of the webcast will be available on the USG website. In addition, a telephonic replay of the call will be available until Friday, February 15, 2013. The replay dial-in number is 1-888-843-7419 (1-630-652-3042 for international callers), and the pass code is 34052563.

USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, LLC, L&W Supply Corporation and other subsidiaries. Headquartered in Chicago, USG's worldwide operations serve the commercial, residential, and repair and remodel construction markets. USG's wall, ceiling, flooring and roofing products provide leading-edge building solutions for customers, while L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials nationwide. For additional information, visit the USG website at

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 related to management's expectations about future conditions. Actual business, market or other conditions may differ materially from management's expectations and, accordingly, may affect our sales and profitability or other results and liquidity. Actual results may differ materially due to various other factors, including: economic conditions, such as the levels of new home and other construction activity, employment levels, the availability of mortgage, construction and other financing, mortgage and other interest rates, housing affordability and supply, the levels of foreclosures and home resales, currency exchange rates and consumer confidence; capital markets conditions and the availability of borrowings under our credit agreement or other financings; competitive conditions, such as price, service and product competition; shortages in raw materials; changes in raw material and energy costs; volatility in the assumptions used to determine the funded status of our pension plans; the loss of one or more major customers and our customers' ability to meet their financial obligations to us; capacity utilization rates for us and the industry; our ability to expand into new geographic markets and the stability of such markets; changes in laws or regulations, including environmental and safety regulations; the satisfactory performance of certain business functions by third party service providers; our ability to achieve anticipated savings from cost reduction programs; the outcome in contested litigation matters; the effects of acts of terrorism or war upon domestic and international economies and financial markets; and acts of God. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.

(dollars in millions except per share data)
Three monthsTwelve months
ended December 31,ended December 31,




Net sales$815$726$3,224$2,910
Cost of products sold 730  688  2,829  2,752 
Gross profit8538395158
Selling and administrative expenses8076304289
Restructuring and long-lived asset
impairment charges 13  5  18  75 
Operating profit (loss)(8)(43)73(206)
Interest expense5253206211
Interest income(1)(1)(4)(6)
Loss on extinguishment of debt--41-
Other (income) expense, net 2  -  -  (1)
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes(61)(95)(170)(410)
Income tax expense (benefit) 3  5  12  (14)
Loss from continuing operations(64)(100)(182)(396)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax(3)-26
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax 55  -  55  - 
Net loss$(12)$(100)$(125)$(390)
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 1  -  1  - 
Net loss attributable to USG$(13)$(100)$(126)$(390)
Earnings per common share - basic:
Loss from continuing operations$(0.59)$(0.95)$(1.72)$(3.81)
Income from discontinued operations (2) 0.48  -  0.53  0.05 
Net loss attributable to USG$(0.11)$(0.95)$(1.19)$(3.76)
Earnings per common share - diluted:
Loss from continuing operations$(0.59)$(0.95)$(1.72)$(3.81)
Income from discontinued operations (2) 0.48  -  0.53  0.05 
Net loss attributable to USG$(0.11)$(0.95)$(1.19)$(3.76)
Average common shares107,791,758105,361,746106,382,934103,902,038
Average diluted common shares107,791,758105,361,746106,382,934103,902,038
(1) Prior-period amounts have been adjusted to reflect our European businesses as discontinued operations. These businesses were sold on December 27, 2012.
(2) Includes gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

(dollars in millions)
As ofAs of
December 31,December 31,

2011 (1)

Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$546$365
Short-term marketable securities106164
Restricted cash11
Receivables (net of reserves - $16 and $17)326316
Income taxes receivable28
Deferred income taxes24
Other current assets4054
Assets related to discontinued operations -  35 
Total current assets1,3271,239
Long-term marketable securities25122
Property, plant and equipment (net of accumulated
depreciation and depletion - $1,738 and $1,602)2,1002,104
Deferred income taxes3825
Other assets 233  229 
Total Assets$3,723 $3,719 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable$286$226
Accrued expenses237258
Current portion of long-term debt47
Deferred income taxes2212
Income taxes payable26
Liabilities related to discontinued operations -  15 
Total current liabilities551524
Long-term debt2,0051,997
Long-term debt - related party300300
Deferred income taxes57
Pension and other postretirement benefits573521
Other liabilities 270  214 
Total liabilities 3,704  3,563 
Stockholders' Equity:
Preferred stock--
Common stock1110
Treasury stock--
Additional paid-in capital2,5952,561
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(233)(174)
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) (2,367) (2,241)
Stockholders' equity of parent6156
Noncontrolling interest 13  - 
Total stockholders' equity including noncontrolling interest 19  156 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$3,723 $3,719 
Other Information:
Total cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities$677$
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