Pope Resources Reports Second Quarter Income Of $6.1 Million

Jul 25, 2013, 20:11 ET from Pope Resources

POULSBO, Wash., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pope Resources (NASDAQ: POPE) reported net income attributable to unitholders of $6.1 million, or $1.34 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $23.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.  This compares to a net loss attributable to unitholders of $9.3 million, or $2.14 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $17.8 million for the comparable period in 2012.  

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2013 totaled $9.6 million, or $2.11 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $39.9 million. Net loss for the corresponding period in 2012 totaled $8.1 million, or $1.87 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $26.6 million.

Results for both the second quarter and first half of 2012 were impacted by a $12.5 million non-cash addition to our environmental remediation accrual at Port Gamble, Washington. Adjusted net income, which excludes the environmental charge of $12.5 million, was $3.2 million, or $0.71 per diluted ownership unit, for the second quarter of 2012 and $4.4 million, or $0.97 per diluted ownership unit, for the six months ended June 30, 2012.

Cash provided by operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 was $12.5 million, compared to $6.7 million for the second quarter of 2012.  For the six months ended June 30, 2013, cash provided by operations was $17.0 million, compared to $8.7 million for year-to-date 2012 results.   

"We enjoyed improved quarterly and year-to-date earnings compared to 2012 as a result of the continued recovery in housing starts and a strong export log market," said David L. Nunes, President and CEO.  "In addition, we completed a conservation land sale in the second quarter of 2013 that was a significant contributor to the improved quarterly results."

Second quarter and year-to-date highlights

  • Harvest volume was 26.9 million board feet (MMBF) in Q2 2013 compared to 30.2 MMBF in Q2 2012, an 11% decrease. Harvest volume for the first six months of 2013 was 53.3 MMBF compared to 44.7 MMBF for the first half of 2012, a 19% increase. These harvest volume figures do not include two timber deed sales, one of modest size (0.6 MMBF) sold by one of our timber funds in Q2 2013 and the other from one of the Partnership's tree farms in Q2 2012 for 4.4 MMBF. The harvest volume and log price realization metrics cited below exclude these timber deed sales.
  • Average realized log price per thousand board feet (MBF) was $620 in Q2 2013 compared to $532 per MBF in Q2 2012, a 17% increase. For the first six months of 2013, the average realized log price per MBF was $615 compared to $541 per MBF for the first half of 2012, a 14% increase.
  • Fund properties contributed 53% of Q2 2013 harvest volume, compared to 38% in Q2 2012. For the first half of the 2013, Fund properties contributed 44% of harvest volume, compared to 32% for the first half of 2012.
  • Mix of harvest volume sold to export markets in Q2 2013 increased to 33% from 16% in Q2 2012, while mix of harvest volume sold to domestic markets decreased to 49% in Q2 2013 from 69% in Q2 2012. For the first half of the year, the relative percentages of harvest volume sold to export and domestic markets in 2013 were 30% and 54%, respectively, compared to 27% and 57% in 2012.
  • The percentage of total harvest comprised of Douglas-fir logs dropped to 58% in Q2 2013 from 64% in Q2 2012, with a corresponding increase in the whitewood component to 23% in Q2 2013 from 19% in Q2 2012. Similarly, for the first half of 2013, the relative mix of Douglas-fir and whitewood was 64% and 18%, respectively, compared to 68% and 15% for the first half of 2012. This shift in species mix is consistent with the higher weighting of total harvest toward Fund properties in both 2013's second quarter and year-to-date periods compared to the prior year.
  • We closed on a 2,330-acre conservation land sale for $5.7 million, with a gain on sale of $4.2 million, during Q2 2013 while last year's second quarter for this segment had no sales.

Second quarter and year-to-date operating results

Fee Timber:

Fee Timber operating income for the second quarter of 2013 was $5.2 million compared to $5.4 million for the second quarter of 2012.  This decline in segment operating income was due to the combination of heavier mix of harvest from the Fund properties, which carry a higher depletion expense, and the reduced volume of timber deed sales in 2013.  Our harvest volume for Q2 2013 was down 11% from the comparable period in 2012 as a result of heavier Q1 2013 log production, where we front-loaded our planned annual harvest to take advantage of strong pricing and our high proportion of low-elevation timberlands that allow for winter logging.  This contrasted with the harvest pattern of 2012 where volume was relatively lighter in Q1 in response to soft log pricing, followed by a very strong volume in Q2 to meet improving demand.  Notwithstanding the reduced harvest volume and a higher proportion of lower-valued whitewoods in Q2 2013 relative to 2012, these factors were fully offset by an $88 per MBF, or 17% increase, in log prices.     

For the first six months of 2013, Fee Timber operating income was $11.6 million compared to $8.6 million in 2012.  This 35% increase was due to both a 19% increase in harvest volume harvest volume and a $74 per MBF, or 14% increase in log prices in 2013 compared to 2012.  These factors more than offset a heavier 2013 mix of harvest from Fund properties, a higher proportion of whitewood harvest volume in 2013, and reduced volume of timber deed sales in 2013.   

Timberland Management & Consulting (TM&C):

Our TM&C segment generates 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 $740,000 and $612,000 of timber fund management fees for the quarters ended June 30, 2013 and June 30, 2012, respectively.  TM&C thus had no reportable revenue in the second quarter of either 2013 or 2012.  Operating losses generated by the TM&C segment for the quarters ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 totaled $497,000 and $423,000, respectively, after eliminating revenue earned from managing the funds.  

Similarly, due to this consolidation for external reporting purposes, we eliminated $1.4 million and $1.1 million of timber fund management fees for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and June 30, 2012, respectively.  TM&C thus had no reportable revenue in the first six months of either 2013 or 2012.  Operating losses generated by the TM&C segment for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 totaled $1.0 million and $807,000, respectively, after eliminating revenue earned from managing the funds.  For both the quarter and year-to-date periods, expenses for this segment are higher on a year-over-year basis and this increase is attributable to an increase in the scale of timber fund acres under management, although on a per acre basis expenses have reduced as we benefit from scaling the business.   

Our three funds collectively own 80,000 acres and have $233 million in assets under management.  Following Fund III's final close in the third quarter of 2012 and the fourth quarter 2012 acquisition of its first property, this fund has $134 million of its original $180 million capital commitment remaining to invest.  Our portion of this remaining capital commitment is $6.7 million, which will be drawn down as properties are acquired over the fund's three-year drawdown period which began on July 31, 2012. 

Real Estate:

Operating income of $3.3 million posted by our Real Estate segment for the second quarter of 2013 was heavily impacted by the conservation land sale mentioned above and compared favorably to the operating loss of $13.1 million for the second quarter of 2012, of which $12.5 million was attributable to the increase in the accrual for environmental remediation liabilities at Port Gamble.      

For the first six months of 2013, the Real Estate segment earned operating income of $2.5 million compared to an operating loss of $13.7 million for the first six months of 2012.  This large swing in segment results between year-to-date periods is attributable to the same factors cited in the previous paragraph when discussing comparative quarterly performance.

General & Administrative (G&A):

G&A expenses for Q2 2013 were $1.2 million which is higher than the $1.0 million reported for Q2 2012.  For the first half of 2013, G&A expenses were $2.4 million compared to $2.2 million for the first half of 2012.  The increase between 2012 and 2013 in G&A expenses for both the quarterly and year-to-date periods was due to the combination of higher non-cash equity compensation expense related to a strong unit price and professional fees incurred for non-recurring projects.   

Outlook

We expect our harvest volume for the year to be between 88 and 91 MMBF, depending on log market conditions for the balance of the year. This harvest volume total for 2013 includes the aforementioned 0.6 MMBF timber deed sale in the second quarter.   

Further, we anticipate that a number of land sales currently in the pipeline to close in 2013 will boost net income for 2013 significantly above 2012 levels. 

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 193,000 acres of timberland and development property in Washington, Oregon, and California. We also manage, co-invest in, and consolidate three timberland investment funds, for which we earn management fees. These timberland investment vehicles provide an efficient means of investing our own capital in Pacific Northwest timberland while earning fees from managing these vehicles for the third-party investors. The company and its predecessor companies have owned and managed timberlands and development properties for more than 150 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. 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 currently under contract or in negotiation on the terms management expects; conditions in the housing construction and wood-products markets, both domestically and globally, that affect demand for our products; 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; 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 (LOSS)

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

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

Revenue

$23,197

$17,790

$39,915

$26,594

Costs and expenses:

Cost of sales

(12,085)

(10,701)

(20,949)

(15,120)

Operating expenses

(4,253)

(3,739)

(8,349)

(7,054)

Real estate environmental remediation

-

(12,500)

-

(12,500)

Operating income 

$6,859

($9,150)

$10,617

($8,080)

Interest expense, net

(343)

(375)

(698)

(768)

Income (loss) before income taxes 

6,516

(9,525)

9,919

(8,848)

Income tax benefit (expense)

2

(170)

16

(134)

Net income (loss)

6,518

(9,695)

9,935

(8,982)

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

(390)

400

(323)

893

Net income (loss) attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders

6,128

($9,295)

$9,612

(8,089)

Basic and diluted weighted average units outstanding

4,369

4,351

4,367

4,348

Basic and diluted net income (loss) per unit

$1.34

($2.14)

$2.11

($1.87)

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING BALANCE SHEETS

(all amounts in $000's)

June 30, 2013

December 31, 2012

 

Assets:

Pope

ORM Timber Funds

Consolidating Entries

 Consolidated 

Cash and cash equivalents

$10,581

$745

$-

$11,326

$3,779

Other current assets

4,907

982

(628)

5,261

3,475

  Total current assets

15,488

1,727

(628)

16,587

7,254

Timber and roads, net

32,153

144,808

-

176,961

183,287

Timberlands

14,414

26,312

-

40,726

41,201

Buildings and equipment, net

6,021

-

-

6,021

6,154

Land held for development

29,187

-

-

29,187

29,039

Investment in ORM Timber Funds

26,921

-

(26,921)

-

-

Other assets

372

104

-

476

564

    Total

$124,556

$172,951

($27,549)

$269,958

$267,499

Liabilities and equity:

Current liabilities

6,381

1,602

($628)

$7,355

6,847

Current portion of long-term debt

104

19

-

123

125

Current portion of environmental remediation

497

-

-

497

750

  Total current liabilities

6,982

1,621

(628)

7,975

7,722

Long-term debt

32,655

11,000

-

43,655

43,710

Environmental remediation

13,192

-

-

13,192

13,193

Other long-term liabilities

167

-

-

167

233

  Total liabilities

52,996

12,621

(628)

64,989

64,858

Partners' capital

71,560

160,330

(161,532)

70,358

64,223

Noncontrolling interests

-

-

134,611

134,611

138,418

    Total

$124,556

$172,951

($27,549)

$269,958

$267,499

RECONCILIATION BETWEEN NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO UNITHOLDERS AND 

ADJUSTED NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO UNITHOLDERS, INCLUDING PER UNIT AMOUNTS

(all amounts in $000's)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

Reported GAAP net income (loss) attributable to unitholders

$6,128

($9,295)

$9,612

($8,089)

Added back:

Environmental remediation

-

12,500

-

12,500

Adjusted net income attributable to unitholders*

$6,128

$3,205

$9,612

$4,411

Per unit amounts:

Reported GAAP basic and diluted net income (loss) per unit

$1.34

($2.14)

$2.11

($1.87)

Added back:

Environmental remediation

-

2.85

-

2.84

Adjusted basic and diluted net income per unit*

$1.34

$0.71

$2.11

$0.97

*Pursuant to Regulation G, we are providing disclosure of the reconciliation of reported non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measures reported on a GAAP basis.  We believe that consideration of these non-GAAP financial measures may be important to investors to understand operating results excluding environmental charges.

RECONCILIATION BETWEEN NET INCOME (LOSS) AND CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATIONS

(all amounts in $000's)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

Net income (loss)

$6,518

($9,695)

9,935

($8,982)

Added back:

Depletion

4,058

3,747

6,742

5,133

Depreciation and amortization

175

167

345

337

Equity-based compensation

227

148

763

519

Capitalized development activities

(1,166)

(277)

(1,491)

(482)

Deferred taxes

(65)

40

(97)

17

Cost of land sold

934

-

940

-

Disposal of capital assets

-

-

57

-

Change in operating accounts

1,780

12,522

(184)

12,134

Cash provided by operations

$12,461

$6,652

$17,010

$8,676

 

SEGMENT INFORMATION

(all amounts in $000's)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

Revenue:

Partnership Fee Timber

$8,412

$11,631

$19,476

$18,600

Funds Fee Timber

8,700

5,819

14,078

7,355

    Total Fee Timber

17,112

17,450

33,554

25,955

Timberland Management & Consulting (TM&C)

-

-

-

-

Real Estate

6,085

340

6,361

639

    Total

23,197

17,790

39,915

26,594

Operating income (loss):

Fee Timber

5,248

5,409

11,562

8,584

TM&C

(497)

(423)

(1,009)

(807)

Real Estate

3,346

(13,132)

2,495

(13,689)

General & administrative

(1,238)

(1,004)

(2,431)

(2,168)

    Total

$6,859

($9,150)

$10,617

($8,080)

 

SELECTED STATISTICS

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

Log sale volumes by species (million board feet):

 Sawlogs

Douglas-fir

15.7

19.3

34.0

30.4

Whitewood

6.1

5.8

9.6

6.7

Cedar

0.4

0.3

0.8

0.4

Hardwood

0.8

1.1

1.4

1.5

 Pulpwood

All species

3.9

3.7

7.5

5.7

Total

26.9

30.2

53.3

44.7

Log sale volumes by destination (million board feet):

Export

9.0

4.7

15.8

12.0

Domestic

13.2

20.7

28.6

25.5

Hardwood

0.8

1.1

1.4

1.5

Pulpwood

3.9

3.7

7.5

5.7

Subtotal log sale volumes

26.9

30.2

53.3

44.7

Timber deed sale

0.6

4.4

0.6

4.4

Total

27.5

34.6

53.9

49.1

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

Sawlogs

Douglas-fir

697

571

682

577

Whitewood

620

500

608

498

Cedar

1,253

1,037

1,189

1,014

Hardwood

521

598

520

595

Pulpwood

All species

265

323

275

356

Overall

620

532

615

541

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

Export 

724

565

702

592

Domestic

660

559

661

556

Hardwood

521

598

520

595

Pulpwood

265

323

275

356

Overall log sales

620

532

615

541

Timber deed sale

211

231

211

231

Owned timber acres

111,000

114,000

111,000

114,000

Acres owned by Funds

80,000

61,000

80,000

61,000

Depletion per MBF -Partnership Tree Farms

57

59

56

59

Depletion per MBF -Fund Tree Farms

207

209

199

216

Capital and development expenditures ($000's)

1,970

681

2,528

1,258

 

QUARTER TO QUARTER COMPARISONS

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

Q2 2013 vs.

Q2 2013 vs.

Q2 2012

Q1 2013

Net income (loss) attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders:

2nd Quarter 2013

$6,128

$6,128

1st Quarter 2013

3,484

2nd Quarter 2012

(9,295)

   Variance

$15,423

$2,644

Detail of earnings variance:

Fee Timber

Log volumes (A)

($1,764)

$259

Log price realizations (B)

2,344

259

Timber deed sale

(908)

118

Production costs

166

(549)

Depletion

(16)

(1,079)

Other Fee Timber

17

(74)

Timberland Management & Consulting

Other Timberland Mgmt. & Consulting

(74)

15

Real Estate

Land sales

4,253

4,260

Timber depletion on land sale

(295)

(295)

Other Real Estate

20

232

Environmental remediation costs

12,500

-

General & administrative costs

(234)

(45)

Net interest expense

32

12

Taxes

172

(12)

Noncontrolling interest

(790)

(457)

Total variance

$15,423

$2,644

(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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