Pope Resources Reports Second Quarter Income Of $1.8 Million

Jul 28, 2014, 17:46 ET from Pope Resources

POULSBO, Wash., July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pope Resources (NASDAQ: POPE) reported net income attributable to unitholders of $1.8 million, or $0.41 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $18.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.  This compares to net income attributable to unitholders of $6.1 million, or $1.34 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $23.2 million for the comparable period in 2013.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 totaled $14.1 million, or $3.17 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $56.4 million. Net income for the corresponding period in 2013 totaled $9.6 million, or $2.11 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $39.9 million.

Cash provided by operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 was $5.8 million, compared to $12.5 million for the second quarter of 2013.  For the six months ended June 30, 2014, cash provided by operations was $26.0 million, compared to $17.0 million for year-to-date 2013 results. 

"Following on the heels of a very strong first quarter for all our operating segments, the second quarter faced a high bar against which it would be measured," said Thomas M. Ringo, President and CEO.  "Indeed, as Q2 progressed we saw both export and domestic log markets soften from the multi-year high levels achieved early this year.  In addition, the weaker results for the current quarter compared with both the second quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of this year reflect the inherently uneven timing of revenue from our Real Estate segment.  Still, our results for the first half of 2014 were superior, due primarily to a combination of increased residential lot sales from our Gig Harbor project and strong year-to-date log price realizations." 

Second quarter and year-to-date highlights

  • Harvest volume was 26 million board feet (MMBF) in Q2 2014 compared to 27 MMBF in Q2 2013, a 3% decrease. Harvest volume for the first six months of 2014 was 56 MMBF compared to 53 MMBF for the first half of 2013, a 5% increase.
  • Average realized log price per thousand board feet (MBF) was $630 in Q2 2014 compared to $620 per MBF in Q2 2013, a 2% increase. For the first six months of 2014, the average realized log price per MBF was $668 compared to $615 per MBF for the first half of 2013, a 9% increase.
  • Fund properties contributed 51% of Q2 2014 harvest volume, compared to 53% in Q2 2013. For the first half of 2014, Fund properties contributed 52% of harvest volume, compared to 44% for the first half of 2013.
  • As a percentage of total harvest, volume sold to export markets in Q2 2014 was 33%, unchanged from Q2 2013, while the mix of harvest volume sold to domestic markets increased a bit to 53% in Q2 2014 from 52% in Q2 2013. For the first half of the year, the relative percentages of harvest volume sold to export and domestic markets in 2014 were 38% and 49%, respectively, compared to 30% and 56% in 2013.
  • The percentage of total harvest comprised of Douglas-fir sawlogs dropped to 42% in Q2 2014 from 58% in Q2 2013, with a corresponding increase in the whitewood component to 37% in Q2 2014 from 23% in Q2 2013. Similarly, for the first half of 2014, the relative mix of Douglas-fir and whitewood was 51% and 29%, respectively, compared to 64% and 18% for the first half of 2013.
  • We closed on 8 single-family residential lots in Gig Harbor for a total sales price of $720,000 during Q2 2014, while in 2013's Q2 we closed on a 2,330-acre conservation land sale for a sales price of $5.7 million.

Second quarter and year-to-date operating results

Fee Timber: Fee Timber operating income for the second quarter of 2014 was $5.0 million compared to $5.2 million for the second quarter of 2013.  This 4% decline in segment operating income was due to the 3% decline in harvest volume and offsetting $10/MBF, or 2%, increase in log prices, as mentioned above.  Contributing further to the reduction in operating income was a 1% increase in cost of sales due to the current quarter's heavier mix of harvest units requiring more-expensive cable logging plus a measure of additional commercial thinning activity. 

For the first six months of 2014, Fee Timber operating income was $14.3 million compared to $11.6 million in 2013.  This 23% increase was due to both a 5% increase in harvest volume and a $53 per MBF, or 9%, increase in log prices in 2014 compared to 2013.  These factors more than offset a heavier 2014 mix of harvest from Fund properties and a higher proportion of whitewood harvest volume in 2014. 

Timberland Management: Our Timberland Management segment generates its revenue by managing three private equity timber funds, which are consolidated into the Partnership's financial statements due to the Partnership's role as general partner or managing member of the funds.  Consolidating these funds into the Partnership's financial statements results in the accounting elimination of all management fees earned by the Partnership, with a corresponding decrease in operating expenses in the Fee Timber segment.  Following this consolidation for external reporting purposes, we eliminated the $840,000 and $740,000 of timber fund management fee revenue for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively.  Operating expenses incurred by this segment for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 totaled $510,000 and $497,000, respectively. 

Similarly, we eliminated the $1.7 million and $1.4 million of timber fund management fee revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively.  Operating expenses incurred by this segment for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 totaled $1.1 million and $1.0 million, respectively.  For both the quarter and year-to-date periods, the increase in operating expenses for this segment are attributable to an increase in timber fund acres under management, although on a per acre basis expenses have declined as we benefit from economies of scale. 

Our three funds collectively own 91,000 acres and have $304 million in assets under management.  Fund III has $108 million of its original $180 million capital commitment remaining to invest with our portion of this remaining capital commitment at $5.0 million

Real Estate: Due to timing of sales with limited closings to offset segment fixed costs, our Real Estate segment posted an operating loss of $952,000 for the second quarter of 2014.  This compared unfavorably to the $3.3 million of operating income reported by this segment in the second quarter of 2013, when we reported revenue from a significant conservation land sale.  

For the first six months of 2014, the Real Estate segment earned operating income of $6.0 million compared to operating income of $2.5 million for the first six months of 2013.  The year-to-date 2014 segment results reflect four closings totaling 115 single-family residential lots in our Gig Harbor project, plus a $4.6 million conservation land sale while the results for the comparable period in 2013 primarily reflected only the large conservation land sale mentioned above.

General & Administrative (G&A): G&A expenses for Q2 2014 were $450,000, much lower than the $1.2 million reported for Q2 2013.  For the first half of 2014, G&A expenses were $1.8 million compared to $2.4 million for the first half of 2013.  The decrease between 2013 and 2014 in G&A expenses for both the quarterly and year-to-date periods was primarily due to reversals of incentive compensation accruals related to the second quarter 2014 departure of our former President & CEO. 

Outlook

We expect our harvest volume for the year to be between 90 and 94 MMBF, depending on log market conditions for the balance of the year. 

Further, a number of land sales are currently in the pipeline to close over the remainder of 2014, although some may slide into early 2015 due to permitting delays. 

The financial schedules attached to this earnings release provide detail on individual segment results and operating statistics.

About Pope Resources

Pope Resources, a publicly traded limited partnership and its subsidiaries Olympic Resource Management and Olympic Property Group, own or manage 204,000 acres of timberland and development property in Washington, Oregon, and California. We also manage, co-invest in, and consolidate three private equity timber funds, for which we earn management fees. These funds provide an efficient means of investing our own capital in Pacific Northwest timberland while earning fees from managing the funds for the third-party investors. The company and its predecessor companies have owned and managed timberlands and development properties for over 160 years. Additional information on the company can be found at www.poperesources.com. The contents of our website are not incorporated into this release or into our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains a number of projections and statements about our expected financial condition, operating results, business plans and objectives. These statements reflect management's estimates based on current goals and its expectations about future developments. Because these statements describe our goals, objectives, and anticipated performance, they are inherently uncertain, and some or all of these statements may not come to pass. Accordingly, they should not be interpreted as promises of future management actions or financial performance. Our future actions and actual performance will vary from current expectations and under various circumstances the results of these variations may be material and adverse. Among those forward-looking statements contained in this report are statements about management's expectations for future log prices, harvest volumes and markets, and statements about our expectations for future sales in our Real Estate segment.  However, readers should note that all statements other than expressions of historical fact are forward-looking in nature.  Some of the factors that may cause actual operating results and financial condition to fall short of expectations include our ability to accurately estimate the cost of ongoing and changing environmental remediation obligations; our ability to consummate various real estate transactions on the terms management expects; conditions in the housing construction and wood-products markets, both domestically and globally, that affect demand for our products; the effects of competition, particularly by larger and better-financed competitors; factors that affect our ability to anticipate and respond adequately to fluctuations in the market prices for our products; environmental and land use regulations that limit our ability to harvest timber and develop property, including changes in those regulations; conditions affecting credit markets as they affect the availability of capital and costs of borrowing; labor, equipment and transportation costs that affect our net income; our ability to anticipate and mitigate potential impacts of our operations on adjacent properties; the impacts of natural disasters on our timberlands and on surrounding areas; and our ability to discover and to accurately estimate liabilities associated with our properties. Other factors are set forth in that part of our Annual Report on Form 10-K entitled "Risk Factors."

Other issues that may have an adverse and material impact on our business, operating results, and financial condition include those risks and uncertainties discussed in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements in this release are made only as of the date shown above, and we cannot undertake to update these statements.

 

Pope Resources, A Delaware Limited Partnership

Unaudited

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(all amounts in $000's, except per unit amounts)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2014

2013

2014

2013

Revenue

$18,583

$23,197

$56,362

$39,915

Costs and expenses:

Cost of sales

(11,377)

(12,085)

(30,301)

(20,949)

Operating expenses

(4,069)

(4,253)

(8,676)

(8,349)

Operating income 

$3,137

$6,859

$17,385

$10,617

Interest expense, net

(629)

(343)

(1,203)

(698)

Income before income taxes 

2,508

6,516

16,182

9,919

Income tax benefit (expense)

(69)

2

(226)

16

Net income

2,439

6,518

15,956

9,935

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(593)

(390)

(1,869)

(323)

Net income attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders

$1,846

$6,128

$14,087

$9,612

Basic and diluted weighted average units outstanding

4,391

4,369

4,389

4,367

Basic and diluted earnings per unit

$0.41

$1.34

$3.17

$2.11

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING BALANCE SHEETS

(all amounts in $000's)

June 30, 2014

December 31, 2013

Assets:

Pope

ORM Timber Funds

Consolidating Entries

 Consolidated 

Cash and cash equivalents

$16,351

$1,293

$-

$17,644

$6,960

Land held for sale

4,083

4,083

10,258

Other current assets

6,475

1,232

(316)

7,391

3,161

  Total current assets

26,909

2,525

(316)

29,118

20,379

Timber and roads, net

29,654

176,798

206,452

211,946

Timberlands

14,359

30,587

44,946

44,946

Buildings and equipment, net

6,058

18

6,076

6,205

Land held for development

27,790

27,790

27,040

Investment in ORM Timber Funds

24,034

(24,034)

-

-

Other assets

335

117

452

392

    Total

$129,139

$210,045

($24,350)

$314,834

$310,908

Liabilities and equity:

Current liabilities

3,739

$2,470

($316)

$5,893

$7,170

Current portion of long-term debt

108

-

108

109

Current portion of environmental remediation

700

-

700

700

  Total current liabilities

4,547

2,470

(316)

6,701

7,979

Long-term debt

32,547

42,980

75,527

75,581

Environmental remediation

12,328

12,328

12,541

Other long-term liabilities

214

214

193

  Total liabilities

49,636

45,450

(316)

94,770

96,294

Partners' capital

79,503

164,595

(165,584)

78,514

69,445

Noncontrolling interests

141,550

141,550

145,169

    Total

$129,139

$210,045

($24,350)

$314,834

$310,908

 

RECONCILIATION BETWEEN NET INCOME AND CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATIONS

(all amounts in $000's)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2014

2013

2014

2013

Net income

$2,439

$6,518

$15,956

$9,935

Added back:

Depletion

3,014

4,058

6,451

6,742

Depreciation and amortization

181

175

359

345

Equity-based compensation

71

227

521

763

Real estate project expenditures

(598)

(1,166)

(2,128)

(1,491)

Deferred taxes

94

(65)

94

(97)

Cost of land sold

697

934

7,618

940

Disposal of capital assets

(1)

-

(1)

57

Change in environmental remediation liability

(203)

-

(214)

(253)

Change in operating accounts

80

1,780

(2,666)

69

Cash provided by operations

$5,774

$12,461

$25,990

$17,010

SEGMENT INFORMATION

(all amounts in $000's)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2014

2013

2014

2013

Revenue:

Partnership Fee Timber

$8,723

$8,412

$19,867

$19,476

Funds Fee Timber

8,772

8,700

19,737

14,078

    Total Fee Timber

17,495

17,112

39,604

33,554

Timberland Management

-

-

-

-

Real Estate

1,088

6,085

16,758

6,361

    Total

$18,583

$23,197

$56,362

$39,915

Operating income (loss):

Fee Timber

$5,049

$5,248

$14,270

$11,562

Timberland Management

(510)

(497)

(1,120)

(1,009)

Real Estate

(952)

3,346

6,007

2,495

General & administrative

(450)

(1,238)

(1,772)

(2,431)

    Total

$3,137

$6,859

$17,385

$10,617

SELECTED STATISTICS

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2014

2013

2014

2013

Log sale volumes by species (million board feet):

 Sawlogs

Douglas-fir

10.9

15.7

28.9

34.0

Whitewood

9.6

6.1

16.3

9.6

Pine

0.5

-

0.5

-

Cedar

0.8

0.4

1.5

0.8

Hardwood

0.5

0.8

1.5

1.4

 Pulpwood

All species

3.8

3.9

7.3

7.5

Total

26.1

26.9

56.0

53.3

Log sale volumes by destination (million board feet):

Export

8.5

9.0

21.0

15.8

Domestic

13.3

13.2

26.2

28.6

Hardwood

0.5

0.8

1.5

1.4

Pulpwood

3.8

3.9

7.3

7.5

Subtotal log sale volumes

26.1

26.9

56.0

53.3

Timber deed sale

-

0.5

-

0.5

Total

26.1

27.4

56.0

53.8

Average price realizations by species (per thousand board feet):

Sawlogs

Douglas-fir

694

697

738

682

Whitewood

653

620

670

608

Pine

525

526

Cedar

1,270

1,253

1,337

1,189

Hardwood

597

521

598

520

Pulpwood

All species

281

265

275

275

Overall

630

620

668

615

Average price realizations by destination (per thousand board feet):

Export 

722

724

765

702

Domestic

672

660

704

661

Hardwood

597

521

598

520

Pulpwood

281

265

275

275

Overall log sales

630

620

668

615

Timber deed sale

-

243

-

243

Owned timber acres

110,000

111,000

110,000

111,000

Acres owned by Funds

91,000

80,000

91,000

80,000

Depletion per MBF -Partnership Tree Farms

48

56

48

56

Depletion per MBF -Fund Tree Farms

180

210

177

200

Capital and development expenditures ($000's)

1,443

1,970

3,354

2,528

 

QUARTER TO QUARTER COMPARISONS

(Amounts in $000's except per unit data)

Q2 2014 vs.

YTD Q2 2014 vs.

Q2 2013

YTD Q1 2014

Net income attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders:

2nd Quarter 2014

$1,846

$14,087

2nd Quarter 2013

6,128

9,612

   Variance

($4,282)

$4,475

Detail of earnings variance:

Fee Timber

Log volumes (A)

($484)

$1,614

Log price realizations (B)

261

2,966

Timber deed sales

(118)

(118)

Production costs

(879)

(2,654)

Depletion

748

(5)

Other Fee Timber

273

905

Timberland Management

(13)

(111)

Real Estate

Land sales

(4,197)

3,014

Timber depletion on land sale

295

672

Other Real Estate

(396)

(174)

General & administrative costs

788

659

Net interest expense

(286)

(505)

Taxes

(71)

(242)

Noncontrolling interest

(203)

(1,546)

Total variance

($4,282)

$4,475

(A)

Volume variance calculated by extending change in sales volume by the average log sales price for the comparison period.

(B)

Price variance calculated by extending the change in average realized price by current period volume.

 

SOURCE Pope Resources



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