USG Corporation (NYSE:USG), a leading building products company, today reported second quarter 2012 net sales of $825 million, up 8 percent from second quarter 2011 net sales of $761 million. USG’s second quarter operating profit was $31 million compared to a $21 million operating loss in the second quarter of 2011. The second quarter 2012 net loss after-tax was $57 million, or $0.53 per share. This result compares to a $70 million net loss in the second quarter of 2011, or $0.69 per share.
“We are pleased to build on the positive operating profit in the first quarter with another quarter of improved results,” said James S. Metcalf, Chairman, President and CEO. “In addition, our recent announcement of a joint venture that will enable us to sell SHEETROCK ® Brand gypsum wallboard in India is a major step forward in our efforts to diversify USG’s sources of earnings. We intend to move quickly with our partner, the Zawawi Group of Oman, to establish the mining and manufacturing operations in Oman with the goal of commencing the sale of rock to the regional cement industry and wallboard in the Indian market toward the end of next year.”
The corporation’s adjusted operating profit was $31 million in the second quarter of 2012, which compares to an adjusted operating loss of $19 million in the second quarter of 2011. A reconciliation of adjusted operating profit to operating profit is set forth on a schedule attached hereto. The net loss in the second quarter of 2012 includes $41 million in charges associated with the extinguishment of debt. Excluding those charges, the adjusted net loss in the second quarter of 2012 was $16 million, or $0.15 per share, based on the average common shares of 106,089,602.
“Our businesses performed well in the second quarter despite weak demand compared to long-term averages,” Metcalf said. “We are seeing the signs of a recovery in our core markets, and will continue to focus on reducing costs and improving margins as we work towards positive net earnings.”