Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) today reported second quarter net earnings to common shareholders of $157 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, on net sales from continuing operations of $1.7 billion. This compares with net earnings of $133 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, on net sales from continuing operations of $1.3 billion for the same period last year. Analysts were expecting a gain of $0.22 per share.
Second quarter results include after-tax earnings of $38 million from discontinued operations. Discontinued operations include the entirety of the company's Cellulose Fibers segment, which is comprised of pulp mills, a liquid packaging board facility, and a printing papers joint venture. Second quarter results also include net after-tax charges of $11 million from special items. Excluding these items, the company reported net earnings of $130 million, or $0.17 per diluted share for the second quarter. This compares with net earnings from continuing operations before special items of $114 million for the same period last year and $126 million for first quarter of 2016.