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Pope Resources Reports First Quarter Income of $3.7 Million

April 27, 2011

POULSBO, Wash., Apr 27, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Pope Resources (NASDAQ:POPE) reported net income attributable to unitholders of $3.7 million, or $0.82 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $17.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. This compares to net income attributable to unitholders of $451,000, or $0.10 per diluted ownership unit, on revenue of $6.0 million for the comparable period in 2010.

Cash provided by operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 was $7.6 million, compared to $846,000 for the first quarter of 2010.

"On the strength of surging demand from China for logs and lumber, we enjoyed our strongest quarterly performance in over three years," said David L. Nunes, President and CEO. "This welcome dynamic, especially in the face of continued softness in U.S. housing starts, resulted in a 28% lift in our average realized log price for the first quarter of 2011 relative to the same period last year. Our harvest deferrals over the past few years and an ample supply of previously permitted harvest units allowed us to capitalize on these market conditions by front-loading our planned 2011 harvest into the first quarter, which resulted in a 162% increase in our year-over-year harvest volume."

Our decision to front-load harvest in 2011 to take advantage of strong log prices helped propel first quarter Fee Timber operating income to a three-fold increase, from $2.3 million in 2010 to $7.1 million in 2011. The primary driver for these improved results was higher harvest volumes, which increased from 12 million board feet (MMBF) in 2010 to 30 MMBF in 2011.

Our timber fund properties carry a higher proportion of inventory in whitewood species than is the case with the Partnership's properties. With more harvest in the current quarter from our timber funds, the overall species mix changed from 78% Douglas-fir and 4% whitewoods in the first quarter of 2010 to 63% Douglas-fir and 21% whitewoods in the first quarter of 2011. Generally speaking, a heavier mix of whitewoods would lead to downward pressure on average log realizations, but surging log demand from China and Korea that was largely indifferent as to species kept prices from falling.

Our average realized log price increased 28% from $441 per thousand board feet (MBF) in 2010 to $564 per MBF in 2011, with Douglas-fir log prices increasing 29% from $467 per MBF in 2010 to $602 per MBF in 2011 and whitewoods increasing 45% from $371 per MBF in 2010 to $537 per MBF in 2011. The increase in average log price realization from the first quarter of 2010 reflects a boom in export demand coupled with seasonal supply constraints. Across all species, export log prices increased 28% from $481 per MBF in 2010 to $615 per MBF in 2011. In addition, the spread between export and domestic log markets increased in the first quarter, from a 5% export lift, or $22 per MBF, in 2010 to a 10% export lift, or $57 per MBF, in 2011.

Our Timberland Management & Consulting (TM&C) segment generates revenue through the management of 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 management fees charged to the funds, with a corresponding decrease in operating expenses in the Fee Timber segment. TM&C had no revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 after eliminating $567,000 of revenue earned from managing the funds. This compares to no revenue for the same period in 2010 after eliminating $253,000 of fund management revenue. The increase in revenue eliminated resulted from additional fees earned on the management of $58 million of timberland acquired by ORM Timber Fund II, Inc. at the end of the third quarter of 2010. In total we managed 61,000 acres in two timber funds in the current quarter versus 36,000 acres in the prior year.

Operating losses generated by the TM&C segment for the quarters ended March 31, 2011 and 2010 totaled $430,000 and $241,000, respectively, after eliminating revenue earned from managing the funds. The increase in operating losses is attributable to added costs related to higher harvest levels from the two funds, higher personnel related expenses from fund oversight, and organizational costs associated with the formation of the next timber fund.

The operating loss of $857,000 posted by our Real Estate segment for the first quarter of 2011 was 63% larger than the $526,000 operating loss for 2010's first quarter. Roughly 80% of the increase in operating loss is due to a first quarter charge of $267,000 relating to environmental remediation costs to clean up a recently discovered leaking underground storage tank site in Port Gamble, Washington.

First quarter 2011 General & Administrative expenses increased 15% to $1.1 million, compared to $941,000 in the prior year, driven primarily by a first quarter 2011 accrual for long-term incentive compensation costs that had no counterpart in 2010's comparable period.

With increased cash provided from operations in the first quarter of 2011, we reduced the amounts owed on our operating line of credit by $4.3 million from the end of 2010. We had a balance of $9.6 million at the end of 2010 associated with an $11.9 million unit repurchase completed at the end of 2010 for 7.2% of the then-total units outstanding. As of the end of the first quarter, this line of credit balance stood at $5.3 million.

Our operating posture for the remainder of 2011 will reflect the need to balance flexible harvest plans that are responsive to dynamic log markets with a projected tight supply of qualified logging contractors following three years of reduced harvest levels in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. In addition, we are mindful of accumulated harvest deferrals across the region that have the potential to trigger a log price decline if metered into the market too abruptly, even if one assumes continuing robust demand from China. Considering all these factors, we anticipate our harvest volume for the year to be between 70 MMBF and 80 MMBF, depending on the strength or weakness of log markets for the balance of the year.

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 178,000 acres of timberland and development property in Washington and Oregon. We also manage, co-invest in, and consolidate two timberland investment funds that we manage for a fee. In addition, we offer our forestry consulting and timberland investment management services to third-party owners and managers of timberland in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. 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.

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 conditions in the housing construction and wood-products markets 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 OPERATIONS
  (all amounts in $000's, except per unit amounts)
           
      Three months ended March 31,
      2011   2010
           
Revenues   $ 17,674     $ 5,966  
Costs and expenses:        
  Cost of sales     (8,856 )     (2,606 )
  Operating expenses     (4,056 )     (2,788 )
Operating income     4,762       572  
  Interest income     12       34  
  Interest expense     (574 )     (541 )
  Capitalized interest     98       240  
  SLARS gain on disposition     -       11  
Income before income taxes     4,298       316  
Income tax expense     (56 )     (12 )
Net income     4,242       304  
  Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests     (562 )     147  
Net income attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders   $ 3,680     $ 451  
           
Average units outstanding - Basic     4,306       4,530  
Average units outstanding - Diluted     4,309       4,586  
           
Basic net income per unit   $ 0.82     $ 0.10  
Diluted net income per unit   $ 0.82     $ 0.10  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING BALANCE SHEETS
(all amounts in $000's)
                         
        31-Mar-11   31-Dec-10
                         
Assets:     Pope   ORM

Timber Funds

  Consolidating Entries   Consolidated    
  Pope Resources cash and cash equivalents     $ 114     -   -     $ 114   $ 237
  ORM Timber Funds cash and cash equivalents       -     1,753   -       1,753     2,186
  Cash and cash equivalents       114     1,753   -       1,867     2,423
  Other current assets       2,275     612   (412 )     2,475     1,570
  Total current assets       2,389     2,365   (412 )     4,342     3,993
  Timber and roads, net       38,451     123,422   -       161,873     164,961
  Timberlands       15,393     18,747   -       34,140     33,980
  Buildings and equipment, net       3,889     -   -       3,889     3,854
  Land held for development       27,988     -   -       27,988     27,737
  Other assets       28,335     136   (27,268 )     1,203     1,312
  Total     $ 116,445   $ 144,670   ($27,680 )   $ 233,435   $ 235,837
Liabilities and equity:                      
  Current liabilities     $ 4,749   $ 1,226   ($412 )   $ 5,563   $ 4,786
  Current portion of long-term debt       -     31   -       31     30
  Long-term debt       35,080     11,060   -       46,140     50,468
  Other long-term liabilities       1,721     -   -       1,721     1,746
  Total liabilities       41,550     12,317   (412 )     53,455     57,030
  Partners' capital       74,895     132,353   (133,147 )     74,101     70,990
  Noncontrolling interests       -     -   105,879       105,879     107,817
  Total     $ 116,445   $ 144,670   ($27,680 )   $ 233,435   $ 235,837
RECONCILIATION BETWEEN NET INCOME AND CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATIONS
(all amounts in $000's)
             
        Three months ended March 31,
        2011   2010
             
Net income     $ 4,242     $ 304  
Added back:          
  Depletion       3,292       724  
  SLARS gain on investments       -       (11 )
  Depreciation and amortization       173       154  
  Unit compensation       227       161  
  Development expenditures       (252 )     (320 )
  Cost of land sold       -       67  
  Change in operating accounts       (75 )     (233 )
  Cash provided by operations     $ 7,607     $ 846  
SEGMENT INFORMATION
  (all amounts in $000's)
             
        Three months ended March 31,
        2011   2010
             
Revenues:          
  Partnership Fee Timber     $ 11,323     $ 5,484  
  Funds Fee Timber       6,136       278  
  Total Fee Timber       17,459       5,762  
  Timberland Management & Consulting (TM&C)       -       -  
  Real Estate       215       204  
  Total       17,674       5,966  
Operating income (loss):          
  Fee Timber       7,127       2,280  
  TM&C       (430 )     (241 )
  Real Estate       (857 )     (526 )
  General & administrative       (1,078 )     (941 )
  Total     $ 4,762     $ 572  
SELECTED STATISTICS
           
      Three months ended December 31,
      2011   2010
Log sale volumes by species (thousand board feet):          
Sawlogs          
Douglas-fir     19,090   9,023
Whitewood     6,476   487
Cedar     519   146
Hardwood     678   89
Pulpwood          
All species     3,551   1,847
Total     30,314   11,592
           
Log sale volumes by sort (thousand board feet):          
Export     16,404   3,569
Domestic     9,681   6,087
Pulpwood     3,551   1,847
Hardwood     678   89
Total     30,314   11,592
           
Average price realizations by species (per thousand board feet):      
Sawlogs          
Douglas-fir     602   467
Whitewood     537   371
Cedar     1,007   794
Hardwood     499   499
Pulpwood          
All species     361   300
Overall     564   441
           
Average price realizations by sort (per thousand board feet):      
Export     615   481
Domestic     558   459
Pulpwood     361   300
Hardwood     499   499
Overall     564   441
           
           
Owned timber acres     114,000   114,000
Acres owned by Funds     61,000   36,000
Capital and development expenditures ($000's)     653   589
Depletion ($000's)     3,292   724
Depreciation and amortization ($000's)     173   154
QUARTER TO QUARTER COMPARISONS
(Amounts in $000's except per unit data)
               
      Q1 2011 vs.       Q1 2011 vs.
      Q1 2010       Q4 2010
Net income attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders:            
1st Quarter 2011     $ 3,680         $ 3,680  
4th Quarter 2010               1,663  
1st Quarter 2010       451          
Variance     $ 3,229         $ 2,017  
               
Detail of earnings variance:              
Fee Timber              
Log volumes (A)       8,256           9,252  
Log price realizations (B)     $ 3,729         $ 2,516  
Production costs       (3,668 )         (3,620 )
Depletion       (2,568 )         (2,032 )
Other Fee Timber       (902 )         (678 )
Timberland Management & Consulting              
Other Timberland Mgmnt & Consulting       (189 )         (85 )
Real Estate              
Land and conservation easement sales       -           (2,277 )
Other Real Estate       (64 )         69  
Environmental remediation costs       (267 )         40  
General & administrative costs       (137 )         256  
Net interest expense       (197 )         (124 )
Other (taxes, noncontrolling int., investment gain)       (764 )         (1,300 )
Total change in earnings     $ 3,229         $ 2,017  
               
(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

Pope Resources
Tom Ringo, VP & CFO, 360-697-6626
Fax: 360-697-1156

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