West Fraser Announces 2018 Annual and Fourth Quarter Results

Feb 12, 2019

West Fraser today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2018. Ted Seraphim, CEO of West Fraser stated, “The fourth quarter was challenging on a number of fronts including soft lumber markets, difficult weather conditions in the U.S. South, production curtailments in British Columbia as well as planned and unplanned downtime. In spite of these challenges, in 2018 we reported the highest level of EBITDA in company history, continued deploying capital to our mills with a number of high return projects completed and maintained our balanced capital allocation strategy. We increased our dividend twice and executed $675 million of share buybacks while maintaining significant financial flexibility. Lumber markets have begun to recover in the first quarter of 2019 and we remain encouraged by the long-term outlook for lumber as we focus on the activities that generate the best outcomes for all our stakeholders.”

 

Fourth Quarter

  • Sales of $1.274 billion
  • SPF US dollar #2 & Better 2x4 benchmark price decreased by 32%
  • SYP US dollar #2 West 2x4 benchmark price decreased 11%, wider dimensions decreased more significantly
  • Earnings of $29 million, basic EPS of $0.42
  • Adjusted earnings of $43 million, Adjusted basic EPS of $0.63
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $120 million or 9% of sales
  • Quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 declared
  • Repurchased 1,750,436 Common shares for $119 million at an average price of $67.89 per share
 

2018

  • Sales of $6.118 billion, $984 million or 19% higher than 2017
  • Earnings of $810 million, basic EPS of $10.88 per share
  • Adjusted earnings of $945 million, Adjusted basic EPS of $12.70
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased year-over-year by $378 million to $1.538 billion, 25% of sales
  • Cash provided by operating activities of $909 million
  • Reinvested $370 million through capital expenditure
  • Returned $712 million of capital to shareholders through share buybacks and dividends
  • Year-end liquidity strong with $491 million of available bank lines and $160 million of cash, net debt to capital ratio healthy at 17%

West Fraser shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol: “WFT”.

For more information:

Chris Virostek, Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
(604) 895-2700

www.westfraser.com