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MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — International Paper (NYSE: IP) today reported fourth quarter and full-year 2021 financial results.

FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR 2021 HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.”



Diluted Net EPS Attributable to International Paper Shareholders and Adjusted Operating EPS


Fourth Quarter 2021


Third Quarter 2021


Fourth Quarter 2020


Full-Year 2021


Full-Year 2020

Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to International Paper


$        0.28

$        2.20

$        0.39


$       4.47

$       1.22

Less – Discontinued Operations (Gain) Loss


0.02

(1.10)

(0.22)


(1.61)

(0.64)

Net Earnings (Loss) from Continuing Operations


0.30

1.10

0.17


2.86

0.58

Add Back – Non-Operating Pension Expense (Income)


(0.10)

(0.09)

(0.02)


(0.38)

(0.08)

Add Back – Net Special Items Expense (Income)


0.58

0.09

0.38


0.72

1.64

Adjusted Operating Earnings*


$        0.78

$        1.10

$        0.53


$       3.20

$       2.14

*

Adjusted operating earnings (non-GAAP) is defined as net earnings attributable to International Paper Company (GAAP) excluding discontinued operations, net special items and non-operating pension expense (income). Management uses this measure to focus on on-going operations, and believes that it is useful to investors because it enables them to perform meaningful comparisons of past and present consolidated operating results. For discussion of discontinued operations, net special items and non-operating pension expense (income), see the disclosure under Effects of Net Special Items, Discontinued Operations and Consolidated Statement of Operations and related notes included later in this release.

 



Select Financial Measures

(In millions)


Fourth Quarter 2021


Third Quarter 2021


Fourth Quarter 2020


Full-Year 2021


Full-Year 2020

Net Sales


$       5,086

$       4,914

$       4,440


$     19,363

$     17,565

Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to International Paper


107

864

153


1,752

482

Business Segment Operating Profit


415

490

310


1,635

1,539

  Adjusted Operating Earnings


301

431

206


1,255

848

Cash Provided By (Used For) Operations


107

645

789


2,030

3,063

Free Cash Flow*


(94)

519

695


1,481

2,312

*

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of free cash flow to the most comparable GAAP measure, cash provided by (used for) operations, and disclosure regarding why we believe that free cash flow provides useful information to investors, is included later in this release

SEGMENT INFORMATION
Business segment operating profits are used by International Paper’s management to measure the earnings performance of its businesses and is calculated as set forth in footnote (h) below under “Sales and Earnings by Business Segment”. As a result of the spin-off of our global Printing Papers business on October 1, 2021, the Printing Papers business segment has been eliminated and all current and prior year amounts have been adjusted to reflect this business as a discontinued operation. For discussion of discontinued operations, see the disclosure under Discontinued Operations included later in this release. Fourth quarter 2021 net sales by business segment and operating profit (loss) by business segment compared with the third quarter of 2021 and the fourth quarter of 2020 along with full year 2021 net sales by business segment and operating profit (loss) by business segment compared with full year 2020 are as follows:



Business Segment Results

(In millions)


Fourth Quarter 2021


Third Quarter 2021


Fourth Quarter 2020


Full-Year 2021


Full-Year 2020


Net Sales by Business Segment

Industrial Packaging


$      4,255

$      4,111

$      3,771


$    16,326

$    14,900

Global Cellulose Fibers


717

740

599


2,732

2,393

Corporate and Inter-segment Sales


114

63

70


305

272


Net Sales


$      5,086

$      4,914

$      4,440


$    19,363

$    17,565


Operating Profit (Loss) by Business Segment

Industrial Packaging


$         414

$         414

$         415


$      1,638

$      1,757

Global Cellulose Fibers


1

76

(105)


(3)

(218)


Total Business Segment Operating Profit


$         415

$         490

$         310


$      1,635

$      1,539

Industrial Packaging operating profits (losses) in the fourth quarter of 2021 were $414 million compared with $414 million in the third quarter of 2021. In North America, earnings increased reflecting higher sales prices for corrugated boxes and containerboard. Sales volumes were stable for corrugated boxes and increased for containerboard. These benefits were partially offset by increased distribution, wood fiber, recovered fiber and energy costs. Earnings in the fourth quarter of 2021 benefited from insurance recoveries. In Europe, earnings slightly improved reflecting seasonally higher volumes primarily in Morocco, mostly offset by higher energy costs. Average sales margins improved driven by an improved product mix.

Global Cellulose Fibers operating profits (losses) in the fourth quarter of 2021 were $1 million compared with $76 million in the third quarter of 2021. Earnings decreased primarily driven by higher planned maintenance outage expenses and input costs for energy and chemicals. Average sales prices were stable for fluff pulp and lower for market pulp. Sales volumes were slightly lower. Operating costs were higher driven by the non-repeat of favorable items in the third quarter of 2021. Distribution costs increased, reflecting the continued challenging export supply chain environment.

EQUITY METHOD INVESTMENTS

Ilim joint venture equity earnings (loss) were $66 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with $95 million in the third quarter of 2021. Operationally, earnings decreased reflecting lower export sales prices for softwood pulp and hardwood pulp and domestic sales prices for containerboard. Lower maintenance outage expenses were more than offset by higher other costs.

CORPORATE EXPENSES
Corporate expenses were $49 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with $13 million in the third quarter of 2021.

EFFECTIVE TAX RATE
The reported effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2021 was (11)%, compared to a 2021 third quarter reported effective tax rate of 15%. The reported effective tax rate in the fourth quarter reflects tax benefits recognized after the finalization of the 2020 state and local income tax returns. The effective tax in the fourth quarter also includes the tax benefit associated with the $238 million of debt extinguishment costs. The tax rate in the third quarter of 2021 reflects tax benefits recognized after the finalization of the 2020 U.S. Federal income tax return. 

Excluding special items and non-operating pension expense, the operational effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2021 was 20%, compared with 15% for the third quarter of 2021. 

EFFECTS OF SPECIAL ITEMS
Net special items in the fourth quarter of 2021 amount to a net after-tax charge of $222 million ($0.58 per diluted share) compared with a charge of $37 million ($0.09 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2021 and a charge of $149 million ($0.38 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter of 2020. Net special items in all periods include the following charges (gains):


Fourth Quarter 2021


Third Quarter 2021


Fourth Quarter 2020

(In millions)


Before Tax


After Tax


Before Tax


After Tax


Before Tax


After Tax

 Restructuring and other charges, net:

Debt extinguishment costs


$           238


$           179

$            35

$             26

$             65

$             49

Building a Better IP (a)


29


22

Other


(1)


(1)

4

3

(1)

(1)


Total restructuring and other charges, net


266


200

39

29

64

48

Sylvamo investment – fair value adjustment (b)


32


24

Environmental remediation reserve adjustment





5

4

EMEA Packaging impairment – Turkey





123

123

Legal reserve adjustment


(5)


(4)

Tax benefit related to settlement of tax audits





(23)

Other


2


2

5

4

1

1


 Total special items, net


$           295


$           222

$            49

$             37

$           188

$           149

(a)

See note (c) on the Consolidated Statement of Operations included later in this release.

(b)

See note (f) on the Consolidated Statement of Operations included later in this release.

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS 
Discontinued operations include the operating earnings of our former Printing Papers segment and EMEA Coated Paperboard and Pulp business including the Kwidzyn, Poland mill, divested in the third quarter of 2021. Discontinued operations also includes the following special items charges (gains):


Fourth Quarter 2021


Third Quarter 2021


Fourth Quarter 2020

(In millions)


Before Tax


After Tax


Before Tax


After Tax


Before Tax


After Tax

Printing Papers spin-off


10


5

52

47

9

8

Foreign value-added tax credit (including interest)





15

10

Gain on sale of Kwidzyn, Poland mill


9


6

(360)

(350)

Gain on sale of La Mirada, CA distribution center





(86)

(65)

Foreign and state taxes related to Printing Papers spin-off




(3)

27

Tax benefit related to settlement of tax audits





(9)

Other





4

3


 Total


$             19


$               8

$         (379)

$         (331)

$             13

$               2

EARNINGS WEBCAST
The company will host a webcast today to discuss earnings and current market conditions, beginning at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT). All interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast via the company’s website at internationalpaper.com by clicking on the Performance tab and going to the Presentations and Events/Webcasts and Presentations page. A replay of the webcast will also be on the website beginning approximately two hours after the call. Parties who wish to participate in the webcast via teleconference may dial +1 (409) 981-0132 or, within the U.S. only, (833) 614-9121, and ask to be connected to the International Paper fourth quarter earnings call. The conference ID number is 6192802. Participants should call in no later than 9:45 a.m. ET (8:45 a.m. CT).  An audio-only replay will be available for ninety days following the call.  To access the replay, dial +1 (404) 537-3406 or, within the U.S. only, (855) 859-2056 or (800) 585-8367, and when prompted for the conference ID, enter 6192802.

About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global supplier of renewable fiber-based products. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal care products that promote health and wellness. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 38,000 colleagues globally. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2021 were $19.4 billion. In Russia, we have a 50/50 joint venture, Ilim Group, the country’s largest integrated manufacturer of pulp and paper. Additional information can be found by visiting InternationalPaper.com.

Certain statements in this press release that are not historical in nature may be considered “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “estimates” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and reflect management’s current views and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Factors which could cause actual results to differ include but are not limited to: (i) developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the severity, magnitude and duration of the pandemic, the spread of new variants of the virus (including potential variants that may be more resistant to currently available vaccines and treatment), the effectiveness, acceptance and availability of vaccines, booster shots and medications and associated levels of vaccination, impacts of actions that may be taken by governmental authorities and private businesses in response to the pandemic, including vaccine mandates, impacts of the pandemic on global and domestic economic conditions, including with respect to commercial activity, our customers and business partners, consumer preferences and demand, supply chain shortages and disruptions, inflationary pressures and disruptions in the credit, capital or financial markets; (ii) risks with respect to climate change and global, regional and local weather conditions, as well as risks related to our ability to meet targets and goals with respect to climate change and the emission of GHGs and other environmental, social and governance matters, (iii) the level of our indebtedness and changes in interest rates; (iv) industry conditions, including but not limited to changes in the cost or availability of raw materials, energy sources and transportation sources, the availability of labor and competitive labor market conditions, competition we face, cyclicality and changes in consumer preferences, demand and pricing for our products (including any such changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic); (v) domestic and global economic conditions and political changes, changes in currency exchange rates, trade protectionist policies, downgrades in our credit ratings, and/or the credit ratings of banks issuing certain letters of credit, issued by recognized credit rating organizations; (vi) the amount of our future pension funding obligations, and pension and health care costs; (vii) unanticipated expenditures or other adverse developments related to compliance with existing and new environmental, tax, labor and employment, privacy, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, and other U.S. and non-U.S. governmental laws and regulations (including new legal requirements arising from the COVID-19 pandemic); (viii) any material disruption at any of our manufacturing facilities or other adverse impact on our operations due to severe weather, natural disasters, climate change or other causes; (ix) risks inherent in conducting business through joint ventures; (x) our ability to achieve the benefits expected from, and other risks associated with, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and other corporate transactions, (xi) cybersecurity and information technology risks; (xii) loss contingencies and pending, threatened or future litigation, including with respect to environmental related matters; (xiii) our failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the spin-off of Sylvamo Corporation and the qualification of such spin-off as a tax-free transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes; and (xiv) our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel. These and other factors that could cause or contribute to actual results differing materially from such forward-looking statements can be found in our press releases and SEC filings. In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that we currently believe to be immaterial could affect the accuracy of any forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY

Consolidated Statement of Operations
Preliminary and Unaudited
(In millions, except per share amounts)


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Three Months Ended
September 30,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2021


2020


2021


2021


2020


Net Sales


$5,086

$4,440

$                          4,914


$19,363

$17,565


Costs and Expenses

Cost of products sold


3,659


(a)

3,140

(i)

3,423

(a)


13,832


(a)

12,339

(i)

Selling and administrative expenses


344


(b)

361

(j)

343

(b)


1,385


(b)

1,353

(j)

   Depreciation, amortization and cost of timber harvested    


277

281

280


1,097

1,091

(k)

Distribution expenses


402

331

365


1,444

1,287

Taxes other than payroll and income taxes


33

32

35


139

136

Restructuring and other charges, net


266


(c)

64

(l)

39

(c)


509


(c)

195

(l)

Net (gains) losses on sales and impairments of businesses

118

(m)


(7)


(d)

465

(m)

Net (gains) losses on sales of equity method investments


(204)


(e)

(35)

(n)

Net (gains) losses on sales of fixed assets

Net (gains) losses on mark to market investments


32


(f)


32


(f)

Interest expense, net


76

99

82


337

446

(o)

Non-operating pension expense (income)


(47)

(10)

(50)


(200)

(41)


Earnings (Loss) From Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes and Equity Earnings


44

24

397


999

329

Income tax provision (benefit)


(5)

23

(p)

59


188

176

(p)

Equity earnings (loss), net of taxes


66

64

94


313

77


Earnings (Loss) From Continuing Operations


115

65

432


1,124

230

Discontinued Operations, net of taxes


(8)


(g)

88

(q)

432

(g)


630


(g)

252

(q)


Net Earnings (Loss)


107

153

864


1,754

482

Less: Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests


2


(h)


Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to International Paper Company


$    107

$   153

$                             864


$   1,752

$     482


Basic Earnings Per Common Share Attributable to International Paper Common Shareholders

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations


$   0.30

$  0.17

$                            1.11


$     2.88

$    0.59

Discontinued operations


(0.02)

0.22

1.11


1.62

0.64

Net earnings (loss)


$   0.28

$  0.39

$                            2.22


$     4.50

$    1.23


Diluted Earnings Per Common Share Attributable to International Paper Common Shareholders

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations


$   0.30

$  0.17

$                            1.10


$     2.86

$    0.58

Discontinued operations


(0.02)

0.22

1.10


1.61

0.64

Net earnings (loss)


$   0.28

$  0.39

$                            2.20


$     4.47

$    1.22


Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding – Diluted


387.1

395.9

392.6


392.4

395.7

The accompanying notes are an integral part of this consolidated statement of operations.

(a)

Includes pre-tax income of $5 million ($4 million after taxes) for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2021 for a legal reserve adjustment, pre-tax charges of $5 million ($4 million after taxes) and $10 million ($7 million after taxes) for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively, for environmental remediation reserve adjustments and a pre-tax loss of $21 million ($16 million after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 related to the impairment of real estate.

(b)

Includes a charge of $2 million (before and after taxes) and pre-tax charges of $5 million ($4 million after taxes) and $11 million ($9 million after taxes) for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively, for costs associated with our Building a Better IP initiative and a pre-tax charge of $3 million ($2 million after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 for other costs. 

(c)

Includes pre-tax charges of $238 million ($179 million after taxes), $35 million ($26 million after taxes) and $461 million ($347 million after taxes) for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively, for debt extinguishment costs, a pre-tax charge of $29 million ($22 million after taxes) for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2021 for severance related to our Building a Better IP initiative, a pre-tax charge of $12 million ($10 million after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 for severance related to the optimization of our EMEA Packaging business and income of $1 million (before and after taxes) and pre-tax charges of $4 million ($3 million after taxes) and $7 million ($5 million after taxes) for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively, for other costs.

(d)

Includes a pre-tax gain of $7 million ($1 million after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 related to the sale of our EMEA Packaging business in Turkey.  

(e)

Includes a pre-tax gain of $204 million ($154 million after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 related to the monetization of our equity investment in Graphic Packaging.

(f)

Includes a pre-tax charge of $32 million ($24 million after taxes) for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2021 related to the fair value adjustment of our investment in Sylvamo Corporation. 

(g)

Includes pre-tax charges of $10 million ($5 million after taxes), $52 million ($47 million after taxes) and $111 million ($92 million after taxes) for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 for costs associated with the spin-off of our Printing Papers business, a pre-tax charge of $9 million ($6 million after taxes) and pre-tax gains of $360 million ($350 million after taxes) and $351 million ($344 million after taxes) for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively, related to the sale of our Kwidzyn, Poland mill, a pre-tax charge of $15 million ($10 million after taxes) and pre-tax income of $55 million ($37 million after taxes) for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively, for the accrual of a foreign value-added tax credit which transferred to Sylvamo Corporation effective with the spin-off on October 1, 2021, a pre-tax gain of $86 million ($65 million after taxes) for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 related to the sale of our La Mirada, California distribution center and a tax benefit of $3 million and tax expenses of $27 million and $24 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively, for foreign and state taxes associated with the spin-off of our Printing Papers business.

(h)

Includes the allocation of income to noncontrolling interest of $1 million (before and after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 associated with the sale of our EMEA Packaging business in Turkey.  

(i)

Includes a pre-tax charge of $41 million ($31 million after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for environmental remediation reserve adjustments, a pre-tax charge of $43 million ($33 million after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for an asbestos litigation reserve adjustment, a pre-tax charge of $14 million ($11 million after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for the removal of abandoned property at our mills, a net charge of $11 million (before and after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 associated with our investment in India, pre-tax income of $2 million ($1 million after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for the accrual of a foreign value-added tax refund, and charges of $1 million (before and after taxes) and $3 million (before and after taxes) for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020, respectively, for other costs.

(j)

Includes pre-tax charges of $5 million ($4 million after taxes) for the three months ended and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for other costs.

(k)

Includes a charge of $1 million (before and after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for accelerated depreciation associated with the conversion of a paper machine at our Riverdale mill to containerboard production.

(l)

Includes pre-tax charges of $65 million ($49 million after taxes) and $196 million ($147 million after taxes) for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020, respectively, for debt extinguishment costs and income of $1 million (before and after taxes) for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for other items.

(m)

Includes a loss of $123 million (before and after taxes) for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 related to the sale of our EMEA Packaging business in Turkey for the write off of cumulative translation adjustment, a pre-tax charge of $348 million ($341 million after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 related to the sale of our Brazil Packaging business, consisting of a pre-tax loss of $19 million ($12 million after taxes) on the net assets and a loss of $329 million (before and after taxes) for the write off of cumulative translation adjustment and pre-tax income of $5 million ($4 million after taxes) and $6 million ($5 million after taxes) for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020, respectively, for other items.

(n)

Includes a pre-tax gain of $33 million ($25 million after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 related to the monetization of our equity investment in Graphic Packaging. 

(o)

Includes income of $1 million (before and after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for interest income associated with the accrual of a foreign value-added tax refund.

(p)

Includes a tax benefit of $23 million for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 related to the settlement of tax audits.

(q)

Includes a pre-tax charge of $9 million ($8 million after taxes) for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for costs associated with the spin-off of our Printing Papers business, a pre-tax charge of $7 million ($6 million after taxes) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for environmental remediation reserve adjustments, a tax benefit of $9 million for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 related to the settlement of tax audits and pre-tax charges of $4 million ($3 million after taxes) and $4 million ($2 million after taxes) for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020, respectively, for other costs.  

 


INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY

Reconciliation of Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to International Paper Company to Adjusted Operating Earnings
Preliminary and Unaudited
(In millions, except per share amounts)


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Three Months Ended
September 30,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2021


2020


2021


2021


2020


Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to International Paper Company


$  107

$  153

$                             864


$    1,752

$  482

Less: Discontinued operations (gain) loss


8

(88)

(432)


(630)

(252)


Earnings (Loss) from Continuing Operations, including non-controlling interest


115

65

432


1,122

230

Add back: Non-operating pension expense (income)


(36)

(8)

(38)


(151)

(31)

Add back: Net Special items expense (income)


222

149

37


284

649


Adjusted Operating Earnings


$  301

$  206

$                             431


$    1,255

$  848


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Three Months Ended
September 30,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2021


2020


2021


2021


2020


Diluted Earnings per Common Share as Reported


$ 0.28

$ 0.39

$                            2.20


$      4.47

$ 1.22

Less: Discontinued operations (gain) loss


0.02

(0.22)

(1.10)


(1.61)

(0.64)


Continuing Operations


0.30

0.17

1.10


2.86

0.58

Add back: Non-operating pension expense (income)


(0.10)

(0.02)

(0.09)


(0.38)

(0.08)

Add back: Net Special items expense (income)


0.58

0.38

0.09


0.72

1.64


Adjusted Operating Earnings per Share


$ 0.78

$ 0.53

$                            1.10


$      3.20

$ 2.14


Notes:

The Company calculates Adjusted Operating Earnings (non-GAAP) by excluding the after-tax effect of discontinued operations, non-operating pension expense (income) and items considered by management to be unusual (net special items) as reflected in the Consolidated Statement of Operations and related notes included in this release from the earnings reported under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Management uses this measure to focus on on-going operations, and believes that it is useful to investors because it enables them to perform meaningful comparisons of past and present consolidated operating results. The Company believes that using this information, along with net earnings, provides for a more complete analysis of the results of operations by quarter. Net earnings (loss) attributable to International Paper is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Since diluted earnings per share are computed independently for each period, twelve-month per share amounts may not equal the sum of respective quarters.

 


INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY

Sales and Earnings by Business Segment
Preliminary and Unaudited
(In millions)


Net Sales by Business Segment


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Three Months Ended
September 30,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2021


2020


2021


2021


2020

Industrial Packaging


$4,255

$3,771

$                          4,111


$16,326

$14,900

Global Cellulose Fibers


717

599

740


2,732

2,393

Corporate and Inter-segment Sales


114

70

63


305

272


Net Sales


$5,086

$4,440

$                          4,914


$19,363

$17,565


Operating Profit (Loss) by Business Segment


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Three Months Ended
September 30,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2021


2020


2021


2021


2020

Industrial Packaging


$    414

$   415

$                             414


$   1,638

$  1,757

Global Cellulose Fibers


1

(105)

76


(3)

(218)


Total Business Segment Operating Profit


$    415

$   310

$                             490


$   1,635

$  1,539


Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes and Equity Earnings


44

24

397


999

329

Interest expense, net


76

99

82


337

446

Noncontrolling interest adjustment (g)


(2)

(1)


(5)


(a)

Corporate expenses, net


49

9

13


134

62

Corporate net special items


282


(b)

70

(e)

49

(b)


352


(b)

262

Business net special items


13


(c)

118

(f)

(c)


18


(c)

481

Non-operating pension expense (income)


(47)

(10)

(50)


(200)

(41)


Business Segment Operating Profit (h)


$    415

$   310

$                             490


$   1,635

$  1,539


Equity Earnings (Loss) in Ilim S.A., Net of Taxes


$      66

$     53

$                               95


$      311

$       48


Equity Earnings (Loss) in Graphic Packaging International Partners, LLC


$         –

$     11

$                                  –


$          4

$       40

(a)

Includes the allocation of income to noncontrolling interest of $1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 associated with the sale of our EMEA Packaging business in Turkey.

(b)

Includes charges of $238 million, $35 million and $461 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively, for debt extinguishment costs, a charge of $32 million for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2021 related to the fair value adjustment of our investment in Sylvamo Corporation, charges of $17 million, $5 million and $26 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively, for costs associated with our Building a Better IP initiative, income of $5 million for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2021 related to a legal reserve adjustment, charges of $5 million and $10 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively, for environmental remediation reserve adjustments, a loss of $21 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 related to the impairment of real estate, a gain of $204 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 related to the monetization of our remaining equity investment in Graphic Packaging and charges of $4 million and $11 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, respectively, for other costs.

(c)

Related to Industrial Packaging, includes a charge of $11 million for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2021 for costs associated with our Building a Better IP initiative, a net gain of $7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 partially offset by the allocation of gain to noncontrolling interest of $1 million, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 related to the sale of our EMEA Packaging business in Turkey, a charge of $12 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 for severance related to the optimization of our EMEA Packaging business and income of $1 million for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2021 for other items.

Related to Global Cellulose Fibers, includes a charge of $3 million for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2021 for costs associated with our Building a Better IP initiative.

(d)

Includes income of $1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for interest income associated with the accrual of a foreign value-added tax credit.

(e)

Includes charges of $65 million and $196 million for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020, respectively, for debt extinguishment costs, a charge of $43 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for an asbestos litigation reserve adjustment, a charge of $41 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for an environmental remediation reserve adjustment, a net charge of $11 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 associated with our investment in India, a gain of $33 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 related to the monetization of our equity investment in Graphic Packaging, income of $1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 related to the impairment of the net assets of our Brazil Packaging business and a charge of $5 million for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for other costs.

(f)

Related to Industrial Packaging, includes a loss of $123 million for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 related to the the sale of our EMEA Packaging business in Turkey for the write off of cumulative translation adjustment, a charge of $349 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 related to the sale of our Brazil Packaging business, consisting of a loss of $20 million on the net assets and a loss of $329 million for the write off of cumulative translation adjustment, a charge of $9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for the removal of abandoned property at our mills, a charge of $1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 for accelerated depreciation associated with the conversion of a paper machine at our Riverdale mill to containerboard production, income of $2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for the accrual of a foreign value-added tax credit and income of $5 million and $4 million for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2020, respectively, for other costs.

Related to Global Cellulose Fibers, includes a charge of $5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 for the removal of abandoned property at our mills.

(g)

Operating profits for business segments include each segment’s percentage share of the profits of subsidiaries included in that segment that are less than wholly owned. The pre-tax noncontrolling interest for these subsidiaries is adjusted here to present consolidated earnings before income taxes and equity earnings.

(h)

As set forth in the chart above, business segment operating profit is defined as earnings (loss) before income taxes and equity earnings, but including the impact of noncontrolling interests, and excluding interest expense, net, corporate expenses, net, corporate net special items, business net special items and non-operating pension expense. Business segment operating profit is a measure reported to our management for purposes of making decisions about allocating resources to our business segments and assessing the performance of our business segments and is presented in our financial statement footnotes in accordance with ASC 280.

 


INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY

Sales Volume by Product (a)
Preliminary and Unaudited


International Paper Consolidated


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Three Months Ended
September 30,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2021


2020


2021


2021


2020

Industrial Packaging (In thousands of short tons)

Corrugated Packaging (b)


2,681

2,771

2,689


10,787

10,671

Containerboard


775

727

710


2,893

3,097

Recycling


576

551

521


2,223

2,181

Saturated Kraft


46

35

45


186

158

Gypsum /Release Kraft


55

55

56


234

209

EMEA Packaging (b)


367

437

334


1,546

1,627

Brazilian Packaging  (b)

271

Industrial Packaging


4,500

4,576

4,355


17,869

18,214

Global Cellulose Fibers (In thousands of metric tons) (c)


724

787

748


2,970

3,159

(a)

Sales volumes include third party and inter-segment sales and exclude sales of equity investees.

(b)

Volumes for corrugated box sales reflect consumed tons sold (CTS). Board sales by these businesses reflect invoiced tons.

(c)

Includes North American volumes and internal sales to mills.

 


INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY

Consolidated Balance Sheet
Preliminary and Unaudited
(In millions)


December 31, 2021


December 31, 2020


Assets


Current Assets

Cash and Temporary Investments


$                      1,295

$                           468

Accounts and Notes Receivable, Net


3,232

2,632

Contract Assets


378

331

Inventories


1,814

1,626

Current Financial Assets of Variable Interest Entities

4,850

Current Assets of Discontinued Operations

1,050

Current Investments


245

Assets Held for Sale

138

Other


132

141

Total Current Assets


7,096

11,236

Plants, Properties and Equipment, Net


10,441

10,945

Forestlands


18

18

Investments


751

1,178

Long-Term Financial Assets of Variable Interest Entities


2,275

2,257

Goodwill


3,130

3,115

Overfunded Pension Plan Assets


595

Right of Use Assets


365

387

Long-Term Assets of Discontinued Operations

1,954

Deferred Charges and Other Assets


572

628


Total Assets


$                    25,243

$                      31,718


Liabilities and Equity


Current Liabilities

Notes Payable and Current Maturities of Long-Term Debt


$                         196

$                             26

Current Nonrecourse Financial Liabilities of Variable Interest Entities

4,220

Accounts Payable and Other Current Liabilities


3,948

3,362

Current Liabilities of Discontinued Operations

495

Liabilities Held for Sale

181

Total Current Liabilities


4,144

8,284

Long-Term Debt


5,383

8,042

Long-Term Nonrecourse Financial Liabilities of Variable Interest Entities


2,099

2,092

Deferred Income Taxes


2,618

2,572

Underfunded Pension Benefit Obligation


377

1,032

Postretirement and Postemployment Benefit Obligation


205

235

Long-Term Lease Obligations


236

256

Long-Term Liabilities of Discontinued Operations

369

Other Liabilities


1,099

968


Equity

Invested Capital, Net of Treasury Stock


53

(216)

Retained Earnings


9,029

8,070

Total International Paper Shareholders’ Equity


9,082

7,854

Noncontrolling interests



14

Total Equity


9,082

7,868


Total Liabilities and Equity


$                    25,243

$                      31,718

 


INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
Preliminary and Unaudited
(In millions)


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2021


2020


Operating Activities

Net earnings (loss)


$1,754

$   482

Depreciation, amortization and cost of timber harvested


1,210

1,287

Deferred income tax expense (benefit), net


(291)

9

Restructuring and other charges, net


509

195

Periodic pension (income) expense, net


(112)

32

Net (gains) losses on mark to market investments


32

Net (gains) losses on sales and impairments of businesses


(358)

465

Net (gains) losses on sales of equity method investments


(205)

(35)

Net (gains) losses on sales of fixed assets


(86)

Equity method dividends received


159

162

Equity (earnings) losses, net


(313)

(77)

Other, net


157

219

Changes in current assets and liabilities

Accounts and notes receivable


(596)

59

Contract assets


(49)

35

Inventories


(263)

35

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


519

141

Interest payable


(32)

(55)

Other


(5)

109


Cash Provided By (Used For) Operating Activities


2,030

3,063


Investment Activities

Invested in capital projects, net of insurance recoveries


(549)

(751)

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired


(80)

(65)

Proceeds from sales of equity method investments


908

500

Proceeds from sales of businesses, net of cash divested


827

40

Proceeds from settlement of Variable Interest Entity installment notes


4,850

Proceeds from sale of fixed assets


101

8

     Other


(3)

(1)


Cash Provided By (Used For) Investment Activities


6,054

(269)


Financing Activities

Repurchases of common stock and payments of restricted stock tax withholding


(839)

(42)

Issuance of debt


1,512

583

Reduction of debt


(2,509)

(2,278)

Change in book overdrafts


65

35

Dividends paid


(780)

(806)

Reduction of Variable Interest Entity loans


(4,220)

Distribution to Sylvamo Corporation


(130)

Net debt tender premiums paid


(456)

(188)

Other


(18)

(4)


Cash Provided By (Used for) Financing Activities


(7,375)

(2,700)


Cash Included in Assets Held for Sale

(2)


Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Temporary Investments and Restricted Cash


(9)

(8)


Change in Cash and Temporary Investments and Restricted Cash


700

84


Cash and Temporary Investments and Restricted Cash

Beginning of the period


595

511

End of the period


$1,295

$   595

 


INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY

Reconciliation of Cash Provided by Operations to Free Cash Flow
Preliminary and Unaudited
(In millions)


Three Months Ended
December 31,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2021


2020


2021


2020


Cash Provided By (Used For) Operating Activities


$107

$789


$2,030

$3,063

Adjustments:

Cash invested in capital projects, net of insurance recoveries


(201)

(94)


(549)

(751)


Free Cash Flow


$ (94)

$695


$1,481

$2,312

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure and the most directly comparable GAAP measure is cash provided by operations. Management believes that free cash flow is useful to investors as a liquidity measure because it measures the amount of cash generated that is available, after reinvesting in the business, to maintain a strong balance sheet, pay dividends, repurchase stock, service debt and make investments for future growth. It should not be inferred that the entire free cash flow amount is available for discretionary expenditures. By adjusting for certain items that are not indicative of the Company’s ongoing performance, free cash flow also enables investors to perform meaningful comparisons between past and present periods.

The non-GAAP financial measures presented in this release have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for an analysis of our results calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because not all companies use identical calculations, the Company’s presentation of non-GAAP measures in this release may not be comparable to similarly titled measures disclosed by other companies, including companies in the same industry as International Paper.

Management believes non-GAAP financial measures, when used in conjunction with information presented in accordance with GAAP, can facilitate a better understanding of the impact of various factors and trends on the Company’s financial condition and results of operations.  Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and in evaluating the Company’s performance.

 

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