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This excerpt taken from the LPX 8-K filed Sep 21, 2009.

Recent Developments

The following information is being provided in this Current Report on Form 8-K to provide updated information with respect to various matters.

On September 21, 2009, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (the “Company”) announced commencement of an underwritten public offering of 18,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. The Company also intends to grant the underwriters an option to purchase 2,700,000 additional shares of the Company’s common stock to cover over-allotments. Our press release relating to the announcement is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto.

In connection with the offering, we disclosed, for each of our operating segments, our estimates of ranges of operating income (loss) for the third quarter of 2009 as compared to our actual operating income (loss) for the third quarter of 2008:

 

     Q3 2009 Estimated Range   Q3 2008 Actual
     (dollars in millions)   (dollars in millions)

Operating income (loss)

         

Oriented Strand Board

   $(10.0)   -    $(8.0)   $(27.7)

Siding

   $14.0   -    $16.0   $4.6

Engineered Wood Products

   $(10.0)   -    $(8.0)   $(11.0)

We anticipate significant improvement in operating income (loss) in each segment over the prior year. Despite a reduction in net sales in the third quarter of 2009 as compared to the third quarter of 2008, we have benefited from reduced raw material costs in all businesses and have implemented significant cost savings initiatives which reduced our manufacturing costs.

 

   

In our Oriented Strand Board (OSB) segment, we have taken significant downtime to better match supply and demand. Additionally, we have implemented flexible manufacturing schedules which have allowed us to reduce manufacturing overhead at the reduced production levels. As of September 14, 2009, average North Central 7/16” pricing for the third quarter of 2009 as reported by Random Lengths is approximately 11% lower based on than for the third quarter of 2008. For the third quarter of 2009 as compared to the third quarter of 2008, we expect sales volumes to be lower by approximately 25%.

 

   

In our Siding segment, we have exited an unprofitable line of business and reduced associated staffing. Additionally, we have reduced our shifting patterns at our Smart Side facilities which have allowed us to reduce our manufacturing overhead. For the third quarter of 2009 as compared to the third quarter of 2008, we expect sales volumes to be lower by approximately 15%, with sales prices flat to slightly down.

 

   

In our Engineered Wood Products (EWP) segment, for the third quarter of 2009 as compared to the third quarter of 2008, we expect sales volumes to be lower by approximately 15% in both I-Joist and LVL/LSL and sales prices to be down approximately 5%. Demand in this segment tracks closely to housing starts.

 

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The estimates set forth above are based on information available to our management as of this date and are not guarantees of future performance. The estimates are forward-looking statements and are subject to the risks, uncertainties and other factors described under “Forward-Looking Statements” in our quarterly report filed on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2009. You should consider these estimates together with our historical financial statements and the accompanying notes and our annual and quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the information under “Risk Factors” in our quarterly report filed on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2009. We do not intend to update the estimates set forth above and disclaim any obligation to do so.

Additionally, during the third quarter of 2009 we repurchased approximately $13.3 million of our 8.875% Senior Notes due 2010 using cash on hand.

This excerpt taken from the LPX 8-K filed Jan 22, 2009.

Recent Developments

The following information is being provided in this Current Report on Form 8-K to provide updated information with respect to various matters.

Over the past several quarters we have focused intensely on reducing our rate of cash use. In this regard, we have suspended dividends, indefinitely curtailed operations at four OSB mills, taken significant downtime at many other production facilities to manage working capital, and reduced planned capital spending to $20 million-$25 million per year for the next several years. We have also eliminated approximately 200 salaried positions, representing approximately 14% of our salaried workforce, through our “right sizing” initiatives. In addition, we have implemented a salaried wage freeze, reduced certain employee benefits, closed a research and development facility and reduced expenditures for marketing and sales.

Although the amounts and timing of the expected cost savings may vary, we expect the actions described above to reduce our cash consumption in 2009 compared to 2008 as follows:

 

   

Dividend suspension – $31 million

 

   

Capital expenditures (including acquisition of joint venture interest) – $135 million-$140 million

 

   

OSB mill curtailments – $30 million

 

   

“Right-sizing” and other actions – $40 million-$45 million


As of December 31, 2008, our cash, cash equivalents, short and long term investments and restricted cash totaled approximately $215 million, our long-term debt was approximately $249 million (including current maturities but excluding approximately $253 million of limited recourse notes payable), and we had no short term borrowings outstanding. In November 2008, we received $20 million on our notes receivable from asset sales and paid $20 million on our limited recourse notes payable. In December 2008, we repaid our $125 million Canadian term loan (equivalent to $101 million in US dollars at time of payment) at maturity and also terminated and paid all amounts outstanding under our Canadian demand facility. During the fourth quarter of 2008, we spent approximately $5 million on capital expenditures and paid the final $10 million associated with our acquisition of 75% of a Brazilian OSB facility. We also received tax refunds during the fourth quarter totaling $7 million. In 2009, based upon preliminary calculations, we expect to receive approximately $90 million in tax refunds and make payments of $10 million.

As of the date of this report, we are actively considering other possible measures to enhance our overall liquidity. Such measures include possible financing and refinancing transactions, including the possible issuance of secured or unsecured debt, equity or hybrid securities and/or the entry into one or more credit facilities. In light of recent turmoil in the capital markets, however, there can be no assurance as to whether, when or the terms (including the amount, maturity and pricing of any such securities and /or commitments and borrowings under any such credit facility) upon which any such transactions will be consummated.

As of the date of this report, we were in the process of preparing our financial statements for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2008. Consequently, full financial information for the quarter and fiscal year are not yet available, and the data presented above and below should be viewed as being preliminary and subject to possible change.

We estimate that our revenues for the fourth quarter of 2008 were approximately $250 million, as compared to $377 million of revenues for the fourth quarter of 2007. The fourth quarter of 2008 was characterized by extremely low demand for all of our products. The housing market continued to decline, the market channel experienced numerous site closures and location consolidations, the disruption in the credit markets forced inventory liquidations by our customers, and the overall economic pessimism lowered the sales of our products. In response, we took significant production curtailments across our operations and aggressively implemented our “right-sizing” actions.

Based upon our preliminary results, we expect improvements in the combined operating performance for the segments discussed below:

 

   

For OSB, we expect to report a decrease in operating losses of more than 40% and a decrease in sales of 40%-45% compared to the fourth quarter of 2007 when operating losses were $54.1 million and sales were $188.8 million. The improvement in operating results is due to a slightly higher average sales price, strengthening of the U.S. dollar, operational curtailments and reduction in the cost of petroleum-based raw materials, primarily resins and wax.

 

   

For Siding, we expect to report an increase in operating losses of about $7 million and a 15%-20% decline in sales compared to the fourth quarter of 2007, when operating losses were $4.3 million and sales were $91.6 million. This decrease in operating results is primarily driven by a significant decline in sales volumes and an increase in costs associated with significant curtailments taken at various mills during the quarter.

 

   

For EWP, we expect to report an increase in operating losses of about $10 million and a 35%-40% decline in sales compared to the fourth quarter of 2007 when operating losses were $2.6 million and sales were $71.9 million. This decrease in operating results is primarily attributable to significant declines in sales volumes in both I-Joist and LVL, costs associated with curtailments and start-up costs associated with our LSL mill in Houlton, Maine.


We expect our unallocated costs (primarily corporate level selling, general and administrative expenses) to decline by almost 10% compared to the fourth quarter of 2007, primarily due to cost containment.

For the fourth quarter of 2008, we expect to reduce the carrying value of our auction rate securities by an additional $28 million, although these securities continue to pay interest at the stated interest rates. We also expect to increase our warranty and settlement reserves in the quarter by no more than $20 million and to recognize approximately $9 million in severance costs.

We are in the process of calculating the impact of our defined benefit pension plans on our financial statement as of and for the year ended December 31, 2008. Although the calculations have not been completed, we believe that we will be required to record a material charge to other comprehensive income in the equity section of our balance sheet due principally to the impact of expected losses on assets in the plans. As of the date of this report, we expect our defined benefit plan cash funding requirements for 2009 to be between $3 million and $10 million.

We review our goodwill for impairment annually as of October 1 and between annual test dates in certain circumstances. We completed our annual impairment testing as of October 1, 2008 and did not record any impairment. However, due to a subsequent decline in our market capitalization, we believe it is likely that our analysis as of December 31, 2008 will result in a non-cash impairment charge in an amount that we cannot reasonably estimate until we complete this analysis. As of September 30, 2008, the balance of our goodwill was $278 million.


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