Today Boise Cascade reported fourth quarter net income of $26.0 million, or $0.66 per share, on sales of $1.5 billion. For the full year 2020, we reported net income of $175.0 million, or $4.44 per share, on sales of $5.5 billion. Fourth quarter and full year earnings per share were negatively impacted by $1.10 per share and $1.69 per share, respectively, related to the events further described below.
Fourth quarter 2020 results included the following non-cash items that negatively effected reported earnings (after-tax amounts assume a 25% tax rate): (a) $6.2 million of pre-tax pension settlement charges, or $0.12 per share after-tax, related to the elimination of our qualified defined benefit pension plan (Plan Termination); and (b) $38.8 million of income tax expense, or $0.98 per share, related to the release of stranded tax effects upon Plan Termination.
Full year 2020 results include the above items, as well as the following: (a) $15.0 million and $1.7 million, respectively, of pre-tax accelerated depreciation and other curtailment related costs, or $0.32 per share after-tax, due to the permanent curtailment of I-joist production at our Roxboro, North Carolina, facility; and (b) $14.0 million pre-tax loss on extinguishment of debt, or $0.27 per share after-tax, as the Company refinanced its senior notes at a lower interest rate with an extended maturity.
“In the face of many challenges presented by extraordinary market conditions and the pandemic, I am proud that we delivered the best safety performance in our Company’s history in 2020. Our associates showed great resilience, and we fully leveraged our proven values to provide direction and clarity to our team during these unprecedented times,” commented Nate Jorgensen, CEO. “We reinvested in our businesses through door shop expansions in Texas, facility expansions in a few key distribution markets, and the log utilization center project at our Florien mill. We also provided dividends to our shareholders and supported our team and communities in response to natural disasters in Louisiana and Oregon. I am optimistic and confident about 2021 and the future of Boise Cascade.”
Investor contact: Wayne Rancourt, 208-384-6073
Media contact: Lisa Tschampl, 208-384-6552
WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL
Boise Cascade will host an earning webcast and conference call on February 23 at 11:00am Eastern. To participate, call 844-795-4410 and use passcode 9687894 (international callers should dial 661-378-9637). To join the webcast, go to the Investor Event Calendar. A replay of the conference call will be available from February 23 at 2:00pm through March 2 at 2:00pm Eastern. Replay numbers are 855-859-2056 for U.S. callers and 404-537-3406 for international callers with a passcode of 9687894.
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