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Media Contact

Katie Merx

Corporate Media Relations

419-248-6496

katie.merx@owenscorning.com

Owens Corning Reports First-Quarter 2014 Results

Adjusted EBIT Flat with Prior Year; Insulation and Composites Performance Continued to Strengthen, Offset by Weaker-than-Expected Roofing Volumes

  • Insulation delivered profitable quarter; marking the 11th consecutive quarter of EBIT improvement
  • Composites improved EBIT by $18 million on better pricing and operating performance
  • Roofing volumes weaker than expected; anticipate improvement as year progresses
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 7:28 am EDT
"We anticipate the performance of our Roofing business to improve throughout the balance of the year. The current outlook for our markets and the momentum in our Insulation and Composites businesses support another strong year of earnings growth."

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) today reported consolidated net sales of $1.28 billionin the first quarter of 2014, down slightly from $1.35 billion in 2013.

First-quarter 2014 adjusted earnings were $35 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, flat with adjusted earnings of $35 million, or $0.29per diluted share, in 2013. Net earnings in the first quarter of 2014 were $120 million, or $1.01 per share, compared to net earnings of $22 million, or $0.18 per diluted share last year. (See Table 3 for a discussion and reconciliation of these items.)

"Our first-quarter 2014 performance was led by continued improvement in Insulation and Composites, which offset the impact of weaker-than-expected roofing volumes," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Thaman. "We anticipate the performance of our Roofing business to improve throughout the balance of the year. The current outlook for our markets and the momentum in our Insulation and Composites businesses support another strong year of earnings growth."

Consolidated First Quarter 2014 Results

  • Owens Corning continued its progress in safety improvement with a Recordable Incident Rate (RIR) of 0.49 for the three months ending March 31, 2014. This compares to a rate of 0.64 in the same period a year ago. On April 10, the National Safety Council awarded Owens Corning its Green Cross for Safety Medal.
  • Adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (adjusted EBIT) in the first quarter of 2014 were $77 million, equal to the prior-year period. Reported EBIT for the first quarter was $108 million, compared with $57 million during the same period in 2013. (See Table 2.) In the first quarter of 2014, the company recorded a $45 million one-time net gain related to the sale of theHangzhou, China, plant, a previously announced action. This gain was partially offset by $12 million of severance charges related to workforce optimization initiatives in the Composites business.
  • In the first quarter, the Company recognized a $74 million tax benefit related to the resolution of a previous uncertain tax position, and the reversal of a valuation allowance recorded in prior years against certain European net deferred tax assets. These items have been excluded from the company's calculation of adjusted earnings.
  • During the first quarter, Owens Corning repurchased 600,000 shares of the company's common stock for $26.3 million. As of March 31, 2014, eight million shares remained available for repurchase under the company's current authorization.
  • The company paid a cash dividend on April 3, 2014. This dividend represented the company's first such payment since 2000.

Outlook

For the full year 2014, the company continues to expect to deliver $500 million in adjusted EBIT based on the current outlook for an improving U.S. housing market and moderate global growth.

The Roofing business is expected to deliver another strong year in 2014 on market growth in new construction and flat to potentially improving re-roofing demand. The first-quarter volume weakness adds some additional risk to the company's financial outlook.

Insulation should continue to benefit from growth in U.S. residential new construction, improved pricing and operating leverage.

In Composites, the company expects recovering market conditions to drive price improvement of $20 million to $30 million. Pricing is expected to be the primary driver of EBIT growth in 2014.

The company estimates a long-term effective tax rate of 28 percent to 30 percent, and a long-term effective cash tax rate of 10 percent to 12 percent on adjusted pre-tax earnings, due to the company's $2.1 billion U.S. tax net operating loss carryforward. The effective book tax rate for 2014 on adjusted earnings is expected to be within the long-term range.

The company expects general corporate expenses to be $120 million to $130 million in 2014. Capital expenditures in 2014 are expected to total approximately $400 million, including an estimated $65 million for the start of construction of a non-wovens facility.

Next Earnings Announcement

Second-quarter 2014 results will be announced on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

Conference Call and Presentation

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
11 a.m. Eastern Time

All Callers

Live dial-in telephone number: U.S. and Canada 1.877.201.0168 or international +1.647.788.4901.
Entry number: 135-541-70 (Please dial in 10-15 minutes before conference call start time)

Live webcast: http://investor.owenscorning.com/investor-relations/

Telephone replay available through April 30, 2014. For U.S. and Canada, call 1.855.859.2056
or international +1.404.537.3406. Conference replay number: 135-541-70

Replay of webcast also available until April 23, 2015 at: http://investor.owenscorning.com/investor-relations/

Presentation

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About Owens Corning

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. A Fortune® 500 company for 59 consecutive years, and in business for more than 75 years, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of $5.3 billion in 2013 and about 15,000 employees in 27 countries. Additional information is available at www.owenscorning.com.

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. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these statements. Such factors include, without limitation: economic and political conditions, including; levels of residential and commercial construction activity; competitive factors; levels of global industrial production; relationships with key customers; difficulties in managing production capacity; industry and economic conditions that affect the market and operating conditions of our customers, suppliers or lenders; availability and cost of credit; our level of indebtedness; weather conditions; pricing factors; availability and cost of energy and raw materials; issues involving implementation of new business systems; new legislation or other governmental actions; our ability to use our net operating loss carry-forwards; research and development activities; foreign exchange fluctuations; interest rate movements; labor disputes; issues related to acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures; uninsured losses; achievement of expected synergies, cost reductions and/or productivity improvements; defined benefit plan funding obligations; and, factors detailed from time to time in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The information in this news release speaks as of April 23, 2014, and is subject to change. The company does not undertake any duty to update or revise forward-looking statements. Any distribution of this news release after that date is not intended and should not be construed as updating or confirming such information.

 

Table 1

Owens Corning and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(unaudited)
(in millions, except per share amounts)
 
    Three Months Ended
   Mar. 31,
     2014  2013
NET SALES $1,278 $1,350
COST OF SALES  1,044  1,137
  Gross margin  234  213
OPERATING EXPENSES      
 Marketing and administrative expenses  132  133
 Science and technology expenses  19  18
 Charges related to cost reduction actions  12  1
 Other (income) expenses, net  (37)  4
  Total operating expenses  126  156
EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST AND TAXES  108  57
Interest expense, net  27  29
EARNINGS BEFORE TAXES  81  28
Less: Income tax expense (benefit)  (39)  6
Equity in net earnings of affiliates  -  -
NET EARNINGS  120  22
Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests  -  -
NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWENS CORNING $120 $22
         

EARNINGS AND DIVIDEND PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO

      
 OWENS CORNING COMMON STOCKHOLDERS      
  Basic $1.02 $0.19
  Diluted $1.01 $0.18
  Dividend $0.16 $-
         
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES      
  Basic  117.8  118.5
  Diluted  118.7  119.6
 

Owens Corning follows the authoritative guidance referring to "Noncontrolling Interest in Consolidated Financial Statements," effective January 1, 2009, which, among other things, changed the presentation format and certain captions of the Consolidated Statements of Earnings and Consolidated Balance Sheets. Owens Corning uses the captions recommended by this standard in its Consolidated Financial Statements such as net earnings attributable to Owens Corning and diluted earnings per common share attributable to Owens Corning common stockholders. However, in the preceding release Owens Corning has shortened this language to net earnings and earnings per share (or a slight variation thereof), respectively.

 

Table 2

Owens Corning and Subsidiaries

EBIT Reconciliation Schedules

(unaudited)

 

For purposes of internal review of Owens Corning's year-over-year operational performance, management excludes from net earnings attributable to Owens Corning certain items it believes are not the result of current operations. The adjusted financial measure resulting from these adjustments is used internally by Owens Corning for various purposes, including reporting results of operations to the Board of Directors, analysis of performance, and related employee compensation measures. Although management believes that these adjustments result in a measure that provides it a useful representation of its operational performance, the adjusted measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net earnings attributable to Owens Corning as prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

 

Adjusting items are shown in the table below (in millions):

     Three Months Ended
    Mar. 31,
     2014 2013
Gain on sale of Hangzhou, China facility $45 $-
Charges related to cost reduction actions and related items  (12)  (9)
Net loss related to Hurricane Sandy  (2)  (11)
 Total adjusting items gain (loss) $31 $(20)
          
The reconciliation from net earnings attributable to Owens Corning to Adjusted EBIT is shown in the table below (in millions):
          
     Three Months Ended
    Mar. 31,
     2014 2013
NET EARNINGS ATTRIBUTABLE TO      
 OWENS CORNING $120 $22
  Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests  -  -
NET EARNINGS  120  22
 Income tax expense (benefit)  (39)  6
EARNINGS BEFORE TAXES  81  28
 Interest expense, net  27  29
EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST AND TAXES  108  57
 Adjusting items from above gain (loss)  31  (20)
ADJUSTED EBIT $77 $77
       
 

Table 3

Owens Corning and Subsidiaries

EPS Reconciliation Schedules

(unaudited)

(in millions, except per share data)

 

For purposes of internal review of Owens Corning's year-over-year operational performance, management excludes from net earnings attributable to Owens Corning certain items it believes are not the result of current operations. The adjusted financial measures resulting from these adjustments are used internally by Owens Corning for various purposes, including reporting results of operations to the Board of Directors, analysis of performance and related employee compensation measures. Although management believes that these adjustments result in measures that provide it a useful representation of its operational performance, the adjusted measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net earnings attributable to Owens Corning as prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

 

A reconciliation from net earnings attributable to Owens Corning to Adjusted Earnings and a reconciliation from diluted earnings per share to adjusted diluted earnings per share are shown in the tables below:

       Three Months Ended
       March 31,
        2014  2013
RECONCILIATION TO ADJUSTED EARNINGS      
Net earnings attributable to Owens Corning $120 $22
  Adjustment to remove adjusting items net of tax  (22)  15
  Adjustment to remove significant tax reserve reversals  (74)  -
  Adjustment to tax expense to reflect pro forma tax rate*  11  (2)
ADJUSTED EARNINGS   $35 $35
            
RECONCILIATION TO ADJUSTED DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE      
 ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWENS CORNING COMMON STOCKHOLDERS      
DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE      
 TO OWENS CORNING COMMON STOCKHOLDERS $1.01 $0.18
  Adjustment to remove adjusting items net of tax  (0.19)  0.13
  Adjustment to remove significant tax reserve reversals  (0.62)  -
  Adjustment to tax expense to reflect a pro forma tax rate*  0.09  (0.02)
ADJUSTED DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE      
 ATTRIBUTABLE TO OWENS CORNING COMMON STOCKHOLDERS $0.29 $0.29
            
RECONCILIATION TO DILUTED SHARES OUTSTANDING      
Weighted-average shares outstanding      
 used for basic earnings per share  117.8  118.5
  Non-vested restricted shares  0.4  0.6
  Options to purchase common stock  0.5  0.5
Diluted shares outstanding118.7  119.6
            

* For comparability, in 2014, we have used a pro-forma effective tax rate of 29% (midpoint of guidance) that excludes the resolution of a significant uncertain tax position and the reversal of a valuation allowance recorded in prior years against certain European net deferred tax assets. In 2013 we have used an effective tax rate of 27% as this was the effective tax rate of the Company's 2013 adjusted earnings.

 
Table 4
Owens Corning and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited)
(in millions)
 

ASSETS

 Mar. 31, Dec. 31,
 2014 2013
CURRENT ASSETS      
 Cash and cash equivalents $65 $57
 Receivables, less allowances of $14 at Mar. 31, 2014, and $14 at Dec. 31, 2013  942  683
 Inventories  910  810
 Assets held for sale - current  8  29
 Other current assets  298  269
  Total current assets  2,223  1,848
Property, plant and equipment, net  2,898  2,932
Goodwill  1,166  1,166
Intangible assets  1,039  1,040
Deferred income taxes  420  436
Other non-current assets  220  225
TOTAL ASSETS $7,966 $7,647
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
CURRENT LIABILITIES      
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $957 $988
 Short-term debt  25  1
 Long-term debt – current portion  4  3
  Total current liabilities  986  992
Long-term debt, net of current portion  2,358  2,024
Pension plan liability  324  336
Other employee benefits liability  238  242
Deferred income taxes  27  23
Other liabilities  134  200
OWENS CORNING STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
 Preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share (a)  -  -
 Common stock, par value $0.01 per share (b)  1  1
 Additional paid in capital  3,936  3,938
 Accumulated earnings  756  655
 Accumulated other comprehensive deficit  (310)  (297)
 Cost of common stock in treasury (c)  (521)  (504)
  Total Owens Corning stockholders' equity  3,862  3,793
 Noncontrolling interests  37  37
Total equity  3,899  3,830
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $7,966 $7,647
         

(a)

 10 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding at Mar. 31, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2013

(b)

 

400 shares authorized; 135.5 issued and 117.7 outstanding at Mar. 31, 2014; 135.5 issued and 117.8 outstanding at Dec. 31, 2013

(c)

 

17.8 shares at Mar. 31, 2014, and 17.7 shares at Dec. 31, 2013

   
 
Table 5
Owens Corning and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited)
(in millions)
 
     Three Months Ended
     Mar. 31,
     2014 2013
NET CASH FLOW USED FOR OPERATING ACTIVITIES    
 Net earnings $120  $22 
 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash provided by operating activities:    
   Depreciation and amortization  76   78 
   Gain on sale of fixed assets  (45)  - 
   Deferred income taxes  (45)  - 
   Provision for pension and other employee benefits liabilities  5   6 
   Stock-based compensation expense  8   7 
   Other non-cash  (1)  (2)
 Change in working capital  (377)  (271)
 Pension fund contribution  (14)  (12)
 Payments for other employee benefits liabilities  (6)  (5)
 Other  7   (2)
   Net cash flow used for operating activities  (272)  (179)
NET CASH FLOW USED FOR INVESTING ACTIVITIES    
 Additions to plant and equipment (including alloy)  (51)  (45)
 Closing costs related to sale of Hangzhou, China facility  (3)  - 
   Net cash flow used for investing activities  (54)  (45)
NET CASH FLOW PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES    
 Proceeds from senior revolving credit and receivables securitization facilities  484   558 
 Payments on senior revolving credit and receivables securitization facilities  (149)  (331)
 Net increase in short-term debt  24   5 
 Purchases of treasury stock  (29)  (8)
 Other  5   8 
   Net cash flow provided by financing activities  335   232 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash  (1)  (1)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents  8   7 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  57   55 
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD $65  $62 
     
 
Table 6
Owens Corning and Subsidiaries
Segment and Business Information
(unaudited)
 

Composites

        
The table below provides a summary of net sales, EBIT and depreciation and amortization expense for the Composites segment (in millions):
        
   Three Months Ended
   Mar. 31,
   2014 2013
Net sales $477 $459
 % change from prior year  4%  -4%
        
EBIT $27 $9
 EBIT as a % of net sales  6%  2%
        
Depreciation and amortization expense $34 $32

 

Building Materials

       
The table below provides a summary of net sales, EBIT and depreciation and amortization expense for the Building Materials segment and our businesses within this segment (in millions):
       
  Three Months Ended
 Mar. 31,
  2014 2013
Net sales     
 Insulation$355 $330
 Roofing 497  607
Total Building Materials$852 $937
 % change from prior year-9% 2%
       
EBIT     
 Insulation$1 $(21)
 Roofing 80  119
Total Building Materials$81 $98
 EBIT as a % of net sales10% 10%
       
Depreciation and amortization expense     
 Insulation$25 $26
 Roofing 9  10
Total Building Materials$34 $36
      
 
Table 7
Owens Corning and Subsidiaries
Corporate, Other and Eliminations
(unaudited)
 
Corporate, Other and Eliminations
        
The table below provides a summary of EBIT and depreciation and amortization expense for the Corporate, Other and Eliminations category (in millions):
        
   Three Months Ended
   Mar. 31,
   2014 2013
Gain on sale of Hangzhou manufacturing facility $45 $-
Charges related to cost reduction actions and related items  (12)  (9)
Net loss related to Hurricane Sandy  (2)  (11)
General corporate expense and other  (31)  (30)
EBIT $- $(50)
        
Depreciation and amortization $8 $10

 

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