Sylvamo Releases Third-Quarter Results with Strong Earnings and Cash Flow

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--()--Sylvamo Corporation (NYSE: SLVM), the world’s paper company, released third-quarter 2021 earnings.

Message from the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

“We delivered strong earnings and significant cash in the quarter,” said Jean-Michel Ribiéras. “As we launch Sylvamo, we have good momentum for the fourth quarter and 2022. Our third-quarter adjusted EBITDA margin was 19.5%, reflecting strong performances by all three regions and lower maintenance outage costs. We project fourth-quarter adjusted EBITDA in the range of $140 to $150 million and adjusted operating earnings per share of $1.20 to $1.40. In the near term, we are focused on generating strong free cash flow, reducing debt and positioning Sylvamo for long-term value creation.”

Third-Quarter Highlights

  • Third-quarter net income of $92 million ($2.09 per pro forma share1) compared with $115 million ($2.61 per pro forma share) in the second quarter of 2021 and $51 million ($1.16 per pro forma share) in the third quarter of 2020
  • Third-quarter adjusted operating earnings2 (non-GAAP) of $100 million ($2.27 per pro forma share) compared with $68 million ($1.54 per pro forma share) in the second quarter of 2021 and $51 million ($1.16 per pro forma share) in the third quarter of 2020
  • Third-quarter adjusted EBITDA3 (non-GAAP) of $177 million compared with $124 million in the second quarter of 2021 and $104 million in the third quarter of 2020

Third-Quarter Commercial and Operational Highlights

  • Price and mix improved by $30 million versus the prior quarter and volume improved by $12 million
  • Operations improved by $10 million and total planned maintenance outage expenses declined by $27 million versus the second quarter
  • Input costs increased by $26 million, reflecting higher costs for wood, energy, chemicals, packaging and distribution
  • Adjusted EBITDA margins for Europe, Latin America and North America were 19%, 30% and 15%, respectively

Fourth-Quarter Outlook

  • Price and mix are expected to improve by $30 to $35 million compared to the third quarter, reflecting continued realization of prior price increases
  • Volume is expected to improve by $10 to $15 million, reflecting continued strong demand in Europe and North America and seasonally stronger demand in Latin America
  • Operations are expected to increase by $15 million, reflecting seasonally higher costs in Europe and North America
  • Input costs and distribution are projected to increase by $35 to $40 million as prices for wood, energy, chemicals and other key inputs continue to increase
  • Total maintenance outage expenses are projected to increase by $24 million, primarily the impact of a 10-year cold mill outage at our Saillat mill and an extended cold mill outage at our Eastover mill
  • We also project $8 million in costs related to transition service agreements in the quarter and $4 million of one-time costs
  • Our gross debt-to-adjusted EBITDA ratio declined to 2.8x at the end of the third quarter, and we repaid $30 million of outstanding debt on Oct. 29

1

At the date of distribution of Sylvamo common shares by International Paper to its shareholders on Oct. 1, 2021, Sylvamo had 44,104,986 total common shares outstanding. The calculation of pro forma earnings per share for each period presented utilizes the common shares at the date of distribution as the basis for the calculation of weighted average common shares outstanding for periods prior to the spinoff because, at that time, Sylvamo did not operate as a separate, stand-alone entity, and no shares or equity-based awards were outstanding prior to the date of distribution.

 

2

Adjusted Operating Earnings (non-GAAP) are net earnings (GAAP) excluding net special items. 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 combined operating results. For more information regarding net special items, see the information under the heading Effects of Special Items and the Condensed Combined Statement of Operations and related notes included later in this release.

 

3

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) is net income (loss) (GAAP) excluding the sum of income taxes, net interest (income) expense, depreciation, amortization and cost of timber harvested, and, when applicable for the periods reported, special items. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin provide investors and analysts meaningful insights into our operating performance and Adjusted EBITDA is a relevant metric for the third-party debt. For more information regarding net special items, see the information under the heading Effects of Special Items and the Condensed Combined Statement of Operations and related notes included later in this release.

Pro Forma Net and Adjusted Operating Earnings per Share

 

 

Third
Quarter
2021

 

Second
Quarter
2021

 

Third
Quarter
2020

Net Income (Loss)

$

2.09

 

$

2.61

 

 

$

1.16

Add Back – Net Special Items Expense (Income)

0.18

 

(1.07

)

 

Adjusted Operating Earnings

$

2.27

 

$

1.54

 

 

$

1.16

Select Financial Measures

(In millions)

Third
Quarter
2021

 

Second
Quarter
2021

 

Third
Quarter
2020

Net Sales

$

908

 

$

844

 

$

738

Net Income (Loss)

92

 

115

 

51

Business Segment Operating Profit

137

 

85

 

62

Adjusted Operating Earnings

100

 

68

 

51

Adjusted EBITDA

177

 

124

 

104

Cash Provided By (Used For) Operating Activities

157

 

140

 

73

Free Cash Flow (1)

135

 

125

 

56

(1)

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) operating activities, and disclosure regarding why we believe that free cash flow provides useful information to investors, is included later in this release.

Segment Information

Sylvamo uses business segment operating profits to measure the earnings performance of its businesses and is calculated as set forth in footnote (g) below under the "Sales and Earnings by Business Segment" table (page 9). Third-quarter 2021 net sales by business segment and operating profit (loss) by business segment compared with the second quarter of 2021 and the third quarter of 2020 are as follows:

Business Segment Results

(In millions)

Third
Quarter
2021

 

Second
Quarter
2021

 

Third
Quarter
2020

Net Sales by Business Segment

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

$

262

 

 

$

243

 

 

$

220

 

Latin America

200

 

 

189

 

 

150

 

North America

447

 

 

426

 

 

375

 

Corporate and Inter-segment Sales

(1

)

 

(14

)

 

(7

)

Net Sales

$

908

 

 

$

844

 

 

$

738

 

Operating Profit (Loss) by Business Segment

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

$

40

 

 

$

19

 

 

$

16

 

Latin America

44

 

 

44

 

 

17

 

North America

53

 

 

22

 

 

29

 

Total Business Segment Operating Profit

$

137

 

 

$

85

 

 

$

62

 

Operating profits (losses) in the third quarter of 2021:

Europe - $40 million compared with $19 million in the second quarter of 2021. Earnings were higher as higher average sales prices, higher volumes and lower planned maintenance outage expenses were partially offset by higher input costs.

Latin America - $44 million compared with $44 million in the second quarter of 2021. Earnings were stable as higher average sales prices and volumes were offset by higher input costs and higher planned maintenance outage expenses.

North America - $53 million compared with $22 million in the second quarter of 2021. Earnings were higher as higher average sales prices and lower planned maintenance outage expenses were partially offset by higher input costs.

Earnings Webcast

The company will host an audio webcast at 10 a.m. EST / 9 a.m. CST today. All those interested are invited to listen at investors.sylvamo.com.

Those who wish to participate should call +1-855-982-8078 (U.S.) or +1-469-886-1931 (international). The conference ID number is 9631345. Participants should call in no later than 9:45 a.m. EST / 8:45 a.m. CST.

Replays will be available at investors.sylvamo.com for one year and by phone for 90 days. To listen to the replay by phone, call +1-855-859-2056 and use conference ID number 9631345.

About Sylvamo

Sylvamo Corporation (NYSE: SLVM) is the world’s paper company with mills in Europe, Latin America and North America. Our vision is to be the employer, supplier and investment of choice. We transform renewable resources into papers that people depend on for education, communication and entertainment. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, we employ more than 7,000 colleagues. Net sales for the last 12 months ending Sept. 30, 2021, were $3.3 billion. For more information, please visit Sylvamo.com.

Effective Tax Rate

The reported effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2021 was 24%, compared to 26% for the second quarter of 2021. The lower rate for the third quarter was due to an $8 million favorable Brazil court ruling that certain interest income is nontaxable.

Excluding special items, the operational effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2021 was 26%, compared with 20% for the second quarter of 2021. The lower operational effective tax rate in the second quarter is primarily due to a discrete period benefit of $3 million related to the adjustment of the tax basis in certain of the Company's fixed assets and a favorable remeasurement of a deferred tax asset due to a tax rate change of $4 million.

Effects of Special Items

Net special items in the third quarter of 2021 amount to a net after-tax charge of $8 million ($0.18 per pro forma share) compared with net after-tax income of $47 million ($1.07 per pro forma share) in the second quarter of 2021 and a net zero impact in the third quarter of 2020. For more information see the information under the Condensed Combined Statement of Operations and related notes included later in this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

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, including our projected adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter and the information under the heading “Fourth-Quarter Outlook”. Any or all forward-looking statements may turn out to be incorrect, and our actual actions and results could differ materially from what they express or imply, because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control. These risks, uncertainties, and other factors include those disclosed in the heading “Risk Factors” in our Registration Statement on Form 10 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and in our subsequent filings with the SEC, available on our website, Sylvamo.com. These forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SYLVAMO CORPORATION

Condensed Combined Statement of Operations

Preliminary and Unaudited

(In millions)

 

 

Three Months Ended

September 30,

 

Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2021

 

2020

 

Net Sales

$

908

 

$

738

 

 

$

844

 

 

$

2,530

 

 

$

2,213

 

 

Costs and Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of products sold

587

(a)

500

 

(f)

525

 

(d)

1,637

 

(a)

1,562

 

(f)

Selling and administrative expenses

47

 

50

 

 

58

 

 

146

 

 

150

 

 

Depreciation, amortization and cost of timber harvested

37

 

38

 

 

35

 

 

108

 

 

117

 

 

Distribution expenses

98

 

79

 

 

93

 

 

276

 

 

235

 

 

Taxes other than payroll and income taxes

9

 

10

 

 

6

 

 

22

 

 

22

 

 

Interest (income) expense, net

10

(b)

(2

)

(g)

(29

)

(e)

(19

)

(b)

(3

)

(g)

Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes

120

 

63

 

 

156

 

 

360

 

 

130

 

 

Income tax provision (benefit)

28

(c)

12

 

 

41

 

 

91

 

(c)

25

 

 

Net Income (Loss)

$

92

 

$

51

 

 

$

115

 

 

$

269

 

 

$

105

 

 

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

Three Months and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021

 

(a)

Includes pre-tax loss of $7 million ($5 million after taxes) for the three months ended September 30, 2021, and net pre-tax income of $35 million ($23 million after taxes) for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, for the accrual of a foreign value-added tax refund in Brazil.

 

(b)

Includes pre-tax loss of $8 million ($5 million after taxes) for the three months ended September 30, 2021, and net pre-tax income of $20 million ($14 million after taxes) for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, for interest income associated with the accrual of a foreign value-added tax refund in Brazil.

 

(c)

Includes an $8 million tax benefit for three months and nine months ended September 30, 2021 associated with a favorable Brazil court ruling that certain interest income is nontaxable.

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2021

 

(d)

Includes pre-tax income of $42 million ($28 million after taxes) for the three months ended June 30, 2021 for the accrual of a foreign value-added tax refund in Brazil.

 

(e)

Includes net pre-tax income of $28 million ($19 million after taxes) for the three months ended June 30, 2021 for interest income associated with the accrual of a foreign value-added tax refund in Brazil.

 

Three Months and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020

 

(f)

Includes net pre-tax loss of $1 million ($1 million after taxes) for the three months ended September 30, 2020, and net pre-tax loss of $6 million ($5 million after taxes) for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, for the accrual of a foreign value-added tax expense in Brazil and an environmental reserve adjustment in Russia.

 

(g)

Includes net pre-tax income of $1 million ($1 million after taxes) for the three months ended September 30, 2020, and net pre-tax income of $2 million ($1 million after taxes) for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, for interest income associated with the accrual of a foreign value-added tax refund in Brazil.

SYLVAMO CORPORATION

Pro Forma Earnings per Common Share

Preliminary and Unaudited

(In millions, except per share amounts)

 

 

Three Months Ended

September 30,

 

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2021

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

2020

Net Income (Loss)

$

92

 

$

51

 

$

115

 

$

269

 

$

105

Pro Forma Earnings Per Common Share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

$

2.09

 

$

1.16

 

$

2.61

 

$

6.10

 

$

2.38

Pro Forma Shares of Common Stock Outstanding

44

 

44

 

44

 

44

 

44

At the date of distribution of Sylvamo common shares by International Paper to its shareholders on Oct. 1, 2021, Sylvamo had 44,104,986 total common shares outstanding. The calculation of pro forma earnings per share for each period presented utilizes the common shares at the date of distribution as the basis for the calculation of weighted average common shares outstanding for periods prior to the spinoff because, at that time, Sylvamo did not operate as a separate, stand-alone entity, and no shares or equity-based awards were outstanding prior to the date of distribution.

SYLVAMO CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted Operating Earnings

Preliminary and Unaudited

(In millions, except per share amounts)

 

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2021

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

2020

Net Income (Loss)

$

92

 

$

51

 

$

115

 

 

$

269

 

 

$

105

Add back: Net Special items expense (income)

8

 

 

(47

)

 

(45

)

 

4

Adjusted Operating Earnings

$

100

 

$

51

 

$

68

 

 

$

224

 

 

$

109

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2021

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

2020

Pro Forma Earnings per Common Share as Reported

$

2.09

 

$

1.16

 

$

2.61

 

 

$

6.10

 

 

$

2.38

Add back: Net Special items expense (income)

0.18

 

 

(1.07

)

 

(1.02

)

 

0.09

Pro Forma Adjusted Operating Earnings per Share

$

2.27

 

$

1.16

 

$

1.54

 

 

$

5.08

 

 

$

2.47

The Company calculates Adjusted Operating Earnings (non-GAAP) by excluding the effect of items considered by management to be unusual (net special items) as reflected in the Condensed Combined Statement of Operations and related notes included in this release from the earnings reported under 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 combined operating results. The Company believes that using this information, along with net income, provides for a more complete analysis of the results of operations by quarter. Net income (loss) is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

 

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

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin

Preliminary and Unaudited

(In millions)

 

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2021

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

2020

Net Income (Loss)

$

92

 

 

$

51

 

 

$

115

 

 

$

269

 

 

$

105

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax provision (benefit)

28

 

 

12

 

 

41

 

 

91

 

 

25

 

Interest (income) expense, net

10

 

 

(2

)

 

(29

)

 

(19

)

 

(3

)

Depreciation, amortization and cost of timber harvested

37

 

 

38

 

 

35

 

 

108

 

 

117

 

Stock-based compensation

3

 

 

4

 

 

4

 

 

10

 

 

11

 

Net Special items expense (income)

7

 

 

1

 

 

(42

)

 

(35

)

 

6

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

177

 

 

$

104

 

 

$

124

 

 

$

424

 

 

$

261

 

Net Sales

908

 

 

738

 

 

844

 

 

2,530

 

 

2,213

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

19.5

%

 

14.1

%

 

14.7

%

 

16.8

%

 

11.8

%

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin by Business Segment

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2021

 

2021

 

2020

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

177

 

 

$

104

 

 

$

124

 

Europe

49

 

 

27

 

 

27

 

Latin America

59

 

 

31

 

 

59

 

North America

69

 

 

46

 

 

38

 

Total Business Segment Adjusted EBITDA

$

177

 

 

$

104

 

 

$

124

 

Net Sales (excluding Corporate and Inter-segment Sales)

$

909

 

 

$

745

 

 

$

858

 

Europe

262

 

 

220

 

 

243

 

Latin America

200

 

 

150

 

 

189

 

North America

447

 

 

375

 

 

426

 

Total Business Segment Net Sales

$

909

 

 

$

745

 

 

$

858

 

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

19

%

 

12

%

 

11

%

Latin America

30

%

 

21

%

 

31

%

North America

15

%

 

12

%

 

9

%

The Company calculates Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) by excluding the sum of income taxes, net interest (income) expense, depreciation, amortization and cost of timber harvested as well as the after-tax effect of items considered by management to be unusual (net special items) as reflected in the Condensed Combined Statement of Operations and related notes included in this release from the earnings reported under GAAP. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin provide investors and analysts meaningful insights into our operating performance and Adjusted EBITDA is a relevant metric for the third-party debt. The Company believes that using this information, along with net income, provides for a more complete analysis of the results of its operations. Net income (loss) is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

SYLVAMO CORPORATION

Sales and Earnings by Business Segment

Preliminary and Unaudited

(In millions)

 

Net Sales by Business Segment

 

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2021

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

2020

Europe

$

262

 

 

$

220

 

 

$

243

 

 

$

743

 

 

$

682

 

Latin America

200

 

 

150

 

 

189

 

 

557

 

 

434

 

North America

447

 

 

375

 

 

426

 

 

1,255

 

 

1,114

 

Corporate and Inter-segment Sales

(1

)

 

(7

)

 

(14

)

 

(25

)

 

(17

)

Net Sales

$

908

 

 

$

738

 

 

$

844

 

 

$

2,530

 

 

$

2,213

 

Operating Profit (Loss) by Business Segment

 

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2021

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

Europe

$

40

 

 

$

16

 

 

$

19

 

 

$

82

 

 

$

62

 

 

Latin America

44

 

 

17

 

 

44

 

 

131

 

 

46

 

 

North America

53

 

 

29

 

 

22

 

 

93

 

 

25

 

 

Total Business Segment Operating Profit

$

137

 

 

$

62

 

 

$

85

 

 

$

306

 

 

$

133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes

$

120

 

 

$

63

 

 

$

156

 

 

$

360

 

 

$

130

 

 

Interest (income) expense, net

10

(a)

(2

)

(e)

(29

)

(c)

(19

)

(a)

(3

)

(e)

Other special items, net

7

 

(b)

1

 

(f)

(42

)

(d)

(35

)

(b)

6

 

(f)

Business Segment Operating Profit (g)

$

137

 

 

$

62

 

 

$

85

 

 

$

306

 

 

$

133

 

 

Three Months and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021

 

(a)

Includes net pre-tax loss of $8 million ($5 million after taxes) for the three months ended September 30, 2021, and net pre-tax income of $20 million ($14 million after taxes) for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, for interest income associated with the accrual of a foreign value-added tax refund in Brazil.

 

(b)

Includes net pre-tax loss of $7 million ($5 million after taxes) for the three months ended September 30, 2021, and net pre-tax income of $35 million ($23 million after taxes) for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, for the accrual of a foreign value-added tax refund in Brazil.

 

Three Months Ended 30, 2021

 

(c)

Includes net pre-tax income of $28 million ($19 million after taxes) for the three months ended June 30, 2021 for interest income associated with the accrual of a foreign value-added tax refund in Brazil.

 

(d)

Includes net pre-tax income of $42 million ($28 million after taxes) for the three months ended June 30, 2021 for the accrual of a foreign value-added tax refund in Brazil.

 

Three Months and Nine Months ended September 30, 2020

 

(e)

Includes net pre-tax income of $1 million ($1 million after taxes) for the three months ended September 30, 2020, and net pre-tax income of $2 million ($1 million after taxes) for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, for interest income associated with the accrual of a foreign value-added tax refund in Brazil.

 

(f)

Includes net pre-tax loss of $1 million ($1 million after taxes) for the three months ended September 30, 2020, and net pre-tax loss of $6 million ($5 million after taxes) for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, for the accrual of a foreign value-added tax expense in Brazil and an environmental reserve adjustment in Russia.

 

(g)

As set forth in the chart above, business segment operating profit is defined as income (loss) before income taxes, but excluding net interest (income) expense and other special items, net. 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.

SYLVAMO CORPORATION

Condensed Combined Balance Sheet

Preliminary and Unaudited

(In millions)

 

 

September 30,
2021

 

December 31,
2020

Assets

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

Cash and Temporary Investments

$

132

 

 

$

95

 

Accounts and Notes Receivable, Net

422

 

 

400

 

Related Party Receivable

25

 

 

221

 

Inventories

344

 

 

342

 

Other current assets

96

 

 

61

 

Total Current Assets

1,019

 

 

1,119

 

Plants, Properties and Equipment, Net

911

 

 

974

 

Forestlands

285

 

 

293

 

Goodwill

136

 

 

143

 

Right of Use Assets

43

 

 

46

 

Deferred Charges and Other Assets

343

 

 

336

 

Total Assets

$

2,737

 

 

$

2,911

 

Liabilities and Parent Company Equity

 

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts Payable

$

315

 

 

$

259

 

Notes Payable and Current Maturities of Long-Term Debt

126

 

 

4

 

Accrued Payroll and Benefits

73

 

 

68

 

Related Party Payable

110

 

 

25

 

Other Current Liabilities

160

 

 

134

 

Total Current Liabilities

784

 

 

490

 

Long-Term Debt

1,393

 

 

22

 

Deferred Income Taxes

163

 

 

170

 

Other Liabilities

132

 

 

117

 

Parent Company Equity

 

 

 

Parent Company Investment

1,892

 

 

3,592

 

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

(1,627

)

 

(1,480

)

Total Parent Company Equity

265

 

 

2,112

 

Total Liabilities and Parent Company Equity

$

2,737

 

 

$

2,911

 

SYLVAMO CORPORATION

Condensed Combined Statement of Cash Flows

Preliminary and Unaudited

(In millions)

 

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2021

 

2020

Operating Activities

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

$

269

 

 

$

105

 

Depreciation, amortization and cost of timber harvested

108

 

 

117

 

Deferred income tax provision (benefit), net

(8

)

 

(44

)

Stock-based compensation

10

 

 

11

 

Changes in current assets and liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts and notes receivable

(28

)

 

98

 

Related party receivable

(13

)

 

(13

)

Inventories

(9

)

 

41

 

Related party payable

3

 

 

12

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

99

 

 

(55

)

Other

(52

)

 

(47

)

Cash Provided By (Used For) Operating Activities

379

 

 

225

 

Investment Activities

 

 

 

Invested in capital projects

(54

)

 

(59

)

Cash pool arrangements with Parent

202

 

 

7

 

Other

(8

)

 

1

 

Cash Provided By (Used For) Investment Activities

140

 

 

(51

)

Financing Activities

 

 

 

Net transfers (to) from Parent

(359

)

 

(201

)

Special payment to Parent

(1,520

)

 

 

Issuance of debt

1,499

 

 

 

Reduction of debt

(6

)

 

(15

)

Cash Provided By (Used for) Financing Activities

(386

)

 

(216

)

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash

(96

)

 

48

 

Change in Cash and Temporary Investments

37

 

 

6

 

Cash and Temporary Investments

 

 

 

Beginning of the period

95

 

 

135

 

End of the period

$

132

 

 

$

141

 

SYLVAMO CORPORATION

Reconciliation of Cash Provided by Operations to Free Cash Flow

Preliminary and Unaudited

(In millions)

 

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2021

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

2020

Cash Provided By (Used For) Operating Activities

$

157

 

 

$

73

 

 

$

140

 

 

$

379

 

 

$

225

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash invested in capital projects

(22

)

 

(17

)

 

(15

)

 

(54

)

 

(59

)

Free Cash Flow

$

135

 

 

$

56

 

 

$

125

 

 

$

325

 

 

$

166

 

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 and service debt, and return cash to shareowners in the future. 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 Sylvamo.

 

Management believes certain non-U.S. GAAP financial measures, when used in conjunction with information presented in accordance with U.S. 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-U.S. GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and in evaluating the Company’s performance.

 

Contacts

Investor Contact: Hans Bjorkman, 901-419-3525, hans.bjorkman@sylvamo.com
Media Contact: Adam Ghassemi, 901-419-4436, adam.ghassemi@sylvamo.com

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Contacts

Investor Contact: Hans Bjorkman, 901-419-3525, hans.bjorkman@sylvamo.com
Media Contact: Adam Ghassemi, 901-419-4436, adam.ghassemi@sylvamo.com