Taiga announces record-breaking first half

August 16, 2021

By: The Working Forest Staff

BURNABY, BC, CNW – Taiga Building Products Ltd., has reported its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021.

Sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, were $786.7 million compared to $356.9 million over the same period last year. The increase in sales by $429.8 million or 120% was largely due to increased selling prices for commodity products.

Gross margin for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, increased to $147.9 million from $42.7 million over the same period last year. Gross margin percentage was 18.8% for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to 12.0% in the same period last year. These increases were primarily due to rising commodity prices

Net earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, increased to $58.5 million from $7.1 million over the same period last year primarily due to increased gross margin.

EBITDA for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, was $84.5 million compared to $23.9 million for the same period last year. EBITDA increased primarily due to higher margin earned during the quarter.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2021, Earnings Results

Sales for the six months ended June 30, 2021, were $1,322.7 million compared to $677.2 million over the same period last year. The increase in sales by $645.5 million or 95% was largely due to the Company experiencing higher selling prices for its commodity products during the period.

Gross margin for the six months ended June 30, 2021, increased to $238.3 million from $73.3 million over the same period last year. Gross margin percentage was 18.0% for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to 10.8% in the same period last year.  These increases were primarily due to rising commodity prices.

Net earnings for the six-month period ended June 30, 2021, were $87.6 million compared to $19.8 million for the same period last year.

EBITDA for the six months ended June 30, 2021, was $129.6 million compared to $37.0 million for the same period last year.  EBITDA increased primarily due to higher margin earned during the period. 

Management Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic

The outbreak of the coronavirus, also known as “COVID-19”, has spread across the globe and is impacting worldwide economic activity. Conditions surrounding the coronavirus continue to rapidly evolve and government authorities have implemented emergency measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. As at the financial statement approval date, the pandemic has had a positive impact on Taiga’s business and financial performance in fiscal 2020 and the first half of fiscal 2021.

This is a direct result of the increased demand for detached housing, record-high commodity prices, and low borrowing rates experienced during the pandemic. The extent to which these events may continue to impact the Company’s business activities in the same manner in future periods will depend on a number of factors, such as the ultimate geographic spread of the disease, the duration of the outbreak, travel restrictions, the rate at which vaccines are administered, the effectiveness of vaccines against the coronavirus and its mutations, subsequent outbreaks, business disruptions, and the effectiveness of actions taken in Canada, the United States and other countries to contain and treat the disease, the demand for detached housing in North America, future commodity prices, interest rates and the strength of the general economy.  These events are highly uncertain and as such, the Company cannot predict with any certainty how the progression of the coronavirus pandemic and these events will ultimately impact the Company’s financial performance in 2021.    

Third Quarter Outlook 

As pandemic-related restrictions eased across North America in recent months, consumers diverted money away from home renovations and increased spending on travel and leisure activities.  The resulting reduction in demand for renovation products led to a sharp decline in lumber and panel prices, beginning in mid-July.  Taiga’s third-quarter earnings are expected to be negatively impacted by this recent development. 

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