LP reports strong Q1

Louisiana-Pacific reported net sales of $538 million, an increase from $362 million in the first quarter of 2012. For the first quarter of 2013, LP reported income from continuing operations of $65 million, compared with a loss from continuing operations of $11 million for the first quarter of 2012.

“LP’s strong financial results were driven by a broad recovery of building activity across all regions of the U.S., which led to improved demand for our products and increased OSB pricing,” CEO Curt Stevens said. “In addition, our South America segment continued to perform well.” 

The OSB segment reported net sales for the first quarter of 2013 of $287 million, an increase from $149 million of net sales in the first quarter of 2012. For the first quarter of 2013, the OSB segment reported operating income of $98 million compared with break-even results in the first quarter of 2012. 

The Siding segment reported net sales of $134 million in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of 18 percent from $113 million in the year-ago first quarter. For the first quarter of 2013, the Siding segment reported operating income of $21 million compared to $17 million in the year-ago quarter. 

EWP sales in the first quarter of 2013 totaled $63 million, an increase from $49 million reported a year ago. Operating losses were $4 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $3 million in the first quarter of 2012.

“I am confident that all of the work we have done to prepare for the housing upturn will allow us to meet customer demand,” added Stevens.