Pope Resources Reports Fourth Quarter Net Loss Of $295,000

POULSBO, Wash., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pope Resources (NASDAQ: POPE) reported a net loss attributable to unitholders of $295,000, or $0.07 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $12.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. This compares to net income attributable to unitholders of $2.3 million, or $0.52 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $17.8 million for the comparable period in 2011.

Net loss attributable to unitholders for the year ended December 31, 2012 totaled $4.7 million, or a $1.11 loss per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $54.0 million. Net income for the corresponding period in 2011 totaled $8.8 million, or $1.94 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $57.3 million. Results for 2012 were impacted by a $12.5 million charge for environmental remediation liabilities at Port Gamble, Washington. Adjusted net income, which excludes the environmental charge of $12.5 million, was $7.8 million, or $1.72 per diluted ownership unit, for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Cash provided by operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 was $4.3 million, compared to $7.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, cash provided by operations was $16.2 million, compared to $21.7 million in 2011. 

"Notwithstanding the net loss for the year, driven by the $12.5 million increase in our Port Gamble environmental accrual, we are excited about the performance and future growth prospects in each of our operating segments," said David L. Nunes, President and CEO.  "Log prices in 2012 fell short of 2011 levels when we saw surging exports to China result in price spikes across a number of log sorts.  However, improving domestic demand brought about by stronger export lumber markets and gradually improving U.S. housing starts resulted in a more balanced log market between the export and domestic sectors.  We had three significant transactions in our real estate segment this year, capped off in the fourth quarter with the first of what we expect to be a string of real estate sales over the next few years from our Gig Harbor project, which continues to attract interest on the part of national homebuilders.  Finally, our third private equity timber fund, which closed on $180 million of committed capital in the third quarter, completed its first acquisition during the fourth quarter, deploying $45 million, or 25% of the fund's committed capital." 

Fee Timber operating income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $1.6 million compared to $5.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. This decrease in segment operating income was due to the combined impact of a 38% drop in harvest volume, which decreased from 29 million board feet (MMBF) in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 18 MMBF in the comparable 2012 period, and a 5% decline in average realized log price from $565 per thousand board feet (MBF) for the fourth quarter of 2011 to $538 per MBF for the current quarter.  Historically, our fourth quarter log production is often relatively light as a function of the front-loading of annual harvest volumes into the earlier part of the year.  The fourth quarter of 2011 broke significantly from this pattern as a result of incorporating harvest volume from timber fund properties acquired in 2010, mild weather, and a decision to dip into harvest volumes that had been deferred during the depths of the 2008-2010 economic downturn.  The proportion of fourth quarter harvest from timber fund properties was 61% in 2012 and 52% in 2011 and, given the significantly higher depletion rate applied to harvest volume from timber fund properties, this additional depletion expense was a contributing factor in explaining the drop in Fee Timber operating income between the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2011. 

Fee Timber operating income for 2012 declined 30% to $11.9 million in 2012 from $16.9 million in 2011. Nearly $765,000 of this segment's 2012 operating income is attributable to a 4.4 MMBF timber deed sale on one of the Partnership's tree farms in the second quarter of 2012. Both harvest volume and log price realization metrics cited below exclude this timber deed sale unless specifically stated otherwise. Excluding the $765,000 impact of the timber deed sale mentioned above that had no counterpart in 2011, the year-over-year decrease in segment operating income was driven by the combined effect of a $30 per MBF, or 5%, drop in average realized log price, which fell from $567 per MBF in 2011 to $537 per MBF in 2012, coupled with an 11% drop in harvest volume, which decreased from 90 MMBF in 2011 to 80 MMBF in 2012. To a moderate degree, the 2012 year-to-date results were positively impacted due to the fact that the percentage of harvest from timber fund properties, which carry a higher depletion rate, decreased from 44% in 2011 to 40% in 2012.

As mentioned above, our average realized log price for 2012 decreased $30 per MBF, or 5%, from $567 per MBF in 2011 to $537 per MBF in 2012. Within this total, Douglas-fir log prices decreased $27 per MBF, or 4%, from $609 per MBF in 2011 to $582 per MBF in 2012, while whitewoods decreased $46 per MBF, or 8%, from $546 per MBF in 2011 to $500 per MBF in 2012. Across all species, export log prices dropped $37 per MBF, or 6%, from $628 per MBF in 2011 to $591 per MBF in 2012. In addition, while there was a healthy spread of 11%, or $63 per MBF, between export and domestic log market pricing in 2011, that spread has narrowed to 6%, or $32 per MBF, in 2012.  This narrowing of the export log premium is due in part to a higher percentage of high-quality logs sold to domestic mills specializing in cutting lumber for the Japanese export market.

Our Timberland Management & Consulting (TM&C) segment generates revenue through the management of 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 elimination of all management fees earned by the Partnership, with a corresponding decrease in operating expenses in the Fee Timber segment.  With the first property acquisition from our third fund that closed late in the fourth quarter of 2012, our three funds collectively own 80,000 acres and have $231 million in assets under management.  Following the third quarter close of our third fund and the fourth quarter acquisition of its first property, this fund has $134 million of the 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. 

After eliminating $2.2 million and $2.4 million of timber fund management fees for the years ended December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively, TM&C had $7,500 of reportable revenue in 2012 but none in 2011. Operating losses generated by the TM&C segment for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 totaled $1.6 million and $1.5 million, respectively, after eliminating revenue earned from managing the funds.  

Our Real Estate segment posted an operating loss of $371,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, compared to an operating loss of $763,000 for the comparable period in 2011.  Results for the current quarter included the partial recognition of revenue from a $3.3 million sale of an 11.5-acre multi-family residential land in our Gig Harbor project plus two rural land sales that totaled $780,000 for 239 acres.  We deferred over half the revenue on the Gig Harbor sale because we have post-closing obligations related to the sale that we do not expect to be completed until sometime in mid-2013.  Results for the corresponding quarter in 2011 included a $480,000 conservation easement sale on 255 acres plus one small rural land sale for $42,000.   

For the full year 2012, the Real Estate segment generated an operating loss of $11.1 million on revenue of $8.5 million, which included a $12.5 million second quarter accrual for environmental remediation liabilities, compared to an operating loss of $349,000 on $4.5 million of revenue for the comparable period in 2011 that also included a much smaller environmental remediation accrual of $977,000. Year-to-date results for this segment in 2012 included the aforementioned fourth quarter sales, a $2.9 million sale of two acres underlying our Poulsbo headquarters building, a 1,852-acre conservation easement sale for $1.2 million, and two rural residential land sales totaling $719,000 for 204 acres.  Results in 2011 reflected a 386-acre conservation land sale that generated $2.0 million of revenue, a $480,000 conservation easement sale on 255 acres, plus six rural residential lot and residential plat transactions totaling $901,000 across 107 acres.

General & Administrative expenses for both 2012 and 2011 were $4.2 million.

Looking forward to 2013, we expect log prices to strengthen relative to 2012 primarily due to improving demand from domestic sawmills looking to supply a slow but steady increase in U.S. housing starts.  As housing starts continue to improve, we expect domestic lumber producers to gradually increase operating rates, and thus demand for logs.  We anticipate that harvest volumes in 2013 will increase modestly to approximately 84 to 86 MMBF, representing a slight increase from the 84 MMBF harvested in 2012 (including the 4.4 MMBF timber deed sale in the second quarter).

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 196,000 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 accurately to estimate the cost of ongoing and changing environmental remediation obligations, 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; our ability to consummate proposed or contracted transactions in a manner that will yield revenues; 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

December 31,


Twelve months ended

December 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011










Revenues

$12,854


$17,809


$54,043


$57,274

Costs and expenses:









Cost of sales

(8,675)


(10,305)


(30,831)


(31,149)


Operating expenses

(4,495)


(3,482)


(15,696)


(14,301)


Real estate environmental remediation

-


(631)


(12,500)


(977)

Operating income (loss)

($316)


$3,391


($4,984)


$10,847


Interest income

7


10


26


42


Interest expense

(514)


(484)


(2,077)


(2,158)


Capitalized interest

167


118


591


432

Income (loss) before income taxes 

(656)


3,035


(6,444)


9,163

Income tax expense

(17)


(78)


(352)


(236)

Net income (loss)

(673)


2,957


(6,796)


8,927


Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests

378


(608)


2,087


(173)

Net income (loss) attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders

($295)


$2,349


($4,709)


$8,754










Average units outstanding - Basic

4,356


4,329


4,351


4,323

Average units outstanding - Diluted

4,356


4,331


4,351


4,325










Basic net income (loss) per unit

($0.07)


$0.52


($1.11)


$1.94

Diluted net income (loss) per unit

($0.07)


$0.52


($1.11)


$1.94


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING BALANCE SHEETS

(all amounts in $000's)














December 31, 2012


December 31, 2011












Assets:

Pope


ORM
Timber Funds


Consolidating Entries


 Consolidated 




Cash and cash equivalents

$2,517


$1,262


$-


$3,779


$2,653


Other current assets

3,274


691


(490)


3,475


4,064


  Total current assets

5,791


1,953


(490)


7,254


6,717


Timber and roads, net

34,189


149,098


-


183,287


154,236


Timberlands

14,889


26,312


-


41,201


34,130


Buildings and equipment, net

6,154


-


-


6,154


6,019


Land held for development

29,039


-


-


29,039


28,413


Investment in ORM Timber Funds

27,954


-


(27,954)


-


-


Other assets

453


111


-


564


893


    Total

$118,469


$177,474


($28,444)


$267,499


$230,408

Liabilities and equity:











Current liabilities

5,924


$1,413


($490)


$6,847


5,024


Current portion of long-term debt

100


34


-


134


32


Current portion of environmental remediation

750


-


-


750


240


  Total current liabilities

6,774


1,447


(490)


7,731


5,296


Long-term debt

32,699


11,002


-


43,701


45,793


Environmental remediation

13,193


-


-


13,193


1,964


Other long-term liabilities

233


-


-


233


197


  Total liabilities

52,899


12,449


(490)


64,858


53,250


Partners' capital

65,570


165,025


(166,372)


64,223


75,759


Noncontrolling interests

-


-


138,418


138,418


101,399


    Total

$118,469


$177,474


($28,444)


$267,499


$230,408


RECONCILIATION BETWEEN NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO UNITHOLDERS AND 

ADJUSTED NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO UNITHOLDERS 

(all amounts in $000's)












Three months ended

December 31,


Twelve months ended

December 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011










Reported GAAP net income (loss) attributable to unitholders

($295)


$2,349


($4,709)


$8,754

Added back:









Environmental remediation

-


631


12,500


977


Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to unitholders*

($295)


$2,980


$7,791


$9,731



















RECONCILIATION BASIC AND DILUTED NET INCOME (LOSS) PER UNIT AND 

ADJUSTED BASIC AND DILUTED NET INCOME (LOSS) 

(all amounts in $000's)












Three months ended

December 31,


Twelve months ended

December 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011










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

($0.07)


$0.52


($1.11)


$1.94

Added back:









Environmental remediation

-


0.14


2.83


0.22


Adjusted Basic and diluted net income (loss) per unit*

($0.07)


$0.66


$1.72


$2.16










*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

December 31,


Twelve months ended

December 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011










Net income (loss)

($673)


$2,957


($6,796)


$8,927

Added back:









Depletion

2,805


4,290


10,019


11,908


Depreciation and amortization

407


175


1,232


701


Equity-based compensation

111


162


740


900


Capitalized development activities, net of reimbursements

(836)


(150)


(2,152)


(893)


Deferred taxes

221


100


97


90


Excess tax benefit from equity-based compensation

(220)


(96)


(220)


(96)


Cost of land sold

1,144


2


1,492


112


Gain on sale of land underlying corporate headquarters and fixed assets

(1)


-


(2,753)


-


Change in operating accounts

1,321


(50)


14,550


11


Cash provided by operations

$4,279


$7,390


$16,209


$21,660



















SEGMENT INFORMATION

(all amounts in $000's)












Three months ended

December 31,


Twelve months ended

December 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011










Revenues:









Partnership Fee Timber

$4,392


$8,396


$28,858


$30,980


Funds Fee Timber

5,827


8,576


16,681


21,749


    Total Fee Timber

10,219


16,972


45,539


52,729


Timberland Management & Consulting (TM&C)

7


-


7


-


Real Estate

2,628


837


8,497


4,545


    Total

12,854


17,809


54,043


57,274

Operating income (loss):









Fee Timber

1,614


5,548


11,853


16,899


TM&C

(389)


(398)


(1,568)


(1,515)


Real Estate

(371)


(763)


(11,099)


(349)


General & administrative

(1,170)


(996)


(4,170)


(4,188)


    Total

($316)


$3,391


($4,984)


$10,847


SELECTED STATISTICS












Three months ended

December 31,


Twelve months ended

December 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011

Log sale volumes by species (million board feet):








 Sawlogs









Douglas-fir

10.6


20.0


51.1


55.2


Whitewood

4.5


3.8


15.4


18.0


Cedar

0.2


0.4


0.8


1.4


Hardwood

0.5


0.5


2.4


2.4

 Pulpwood









All species

2.3


4.5


10.2


13.2

Total

18.1


29.2


79.9


90.2










Log and timber deed sale volumes by destination (million board feet):









Export

5.9


8.5


20.2


40.6


Domestic

9.4


15.7


47.1


34.0


Hardwood

0.5


0.5


2.4


2.4


Pulpwood

2.3


4.5


10.2


13.2

Subtotal log sale volumes

18.1


29.2


79.9


90.2


Timber deed sale

-


-


4.4


-

Total

18.1


29.2


84.3


90.2










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








Sawlogs









Douglas-fir

601


603


582


609


Whitewood

517


534


500


546


Cedar

925


799


1,020


923


Hardwood

528


623


581


573

Pulpwood









All species

266


398


318


383

Overall

538


565


537


567










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









Export 

598


642


591


628


Domestic

568


570


559


565


Hardwood

528


623


581


573


Pulpwood

266


398


318


383

Overall log sales

538


565


537


567

Timber deed sale

-


-


231


-










Owned timber acres

113,000


114,000


113,000


114,000

Acres owned by Funds

80,000


61,000


80,000


61,000

Capital and development expenditures ($000's)

1,898


1,328


4,457


6,013

Depletion ($000's)

2,805


4,290


10,019


11,908

Depreciation and amortization ($000's)

407


175


1,232


701



QUARTER TO QUARTER COMPARISONS


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










Q4 2012 vs.


Q4 2012 vs.




Q4 2011


Q3 2012


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






4th Quarter 2012

($295)


($295)



3rd Quarter 2012



3,675



4th Quarter 2011

2,349





   Variance

($2,644)


($3,970)








Detail of earnings variance:





Fee Timber






Log volumes (A)

($6,288)


$520



Log price realizations (B)

(489)


236



Production costs

1,571


(265)



Depletion

1,485


(724)



Other Fee Timber

(213)


192


Timberland Management & Consulting






Other Timberland Mgmt. & Consulting

9


(17)


Real Estate






Land and conservation easement sales

580


(452)



Sale of land underlying corporate office

-


(2,726)



Other Real Estate

(819)


(154)



Environmental remediation costs

631


-


General & administrative costs

(174)


(338)


Net interest expense

16


12


Taxes

61


184


Noncontrolling interest

986


(438)


Total variance

($2,644)


($3,970)








(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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