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Pope Resources Reports Fourth Quarter Loss Of $3.2 Million After Recording $10.0 Million Environmental Charge

February 17, 2015

POULSBO, Wash., Feb. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pope Resources (NASDAQ:POPE) reported net loss attributable to unitholders of $3.2 million, or $0.75 per ownership unit, on revenue of $17.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.  This compares to net income attributable to unitholders of $3.6 million, or $0.81 per ownership unit, on revenue of $19.1 million for the comparable period in 2013.  Excluding the $10.0 million environmental remediation charge, which is discussed in detail below, adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $6.8 million, or $1.58 per ownership unit.

Net income attributable to unitholders for the year ended December 31, 2014 totaled $12.4 million, or $2.82 per ownership unit, on revenue of $87.5 million.  For the year ended December 31, 2013 the Partnership reported net income of $13.1 million, or $2.96 per ownership unit, on revenue of $70.7 million. Results for both the fourth quarter and full year 2014 reflect a $10.0 million increase in the environmental remediation liability for Port Gamble, Washington.  Adjusted net income, which excludes this charge, was $22.4 million, or $5.09 per diluted ownership unit, for the year ended December 31, 2014.

On October 31, 2014, ORM Timber Fund I LP (Fund I) sold its 9,000-acre Mineral tree farm for $31.5 million, recognizing a gain on the sale of $14.6 million, with $2.9 million of that total attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders based upon the Partnership's 20% interest in Fund I.  For the year ended December 31, 2014, Fund I sold its two properties totaling 24,000 acres for $70.5 million, recognizing a combined gain on the sales of $23.8 million, with $4.8 million attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders.

Cash provided by operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 was $2.4 million, compared to $4.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2013.  For the year ended December 31, 2014, cash provided by operations was $30.8 million, compared to $17.9 million in 2013. 

"While a $10 million addition to our environmental clean-up accrual at Port Gamble takes off some of the shine, 2014 ranks as one of the Partnership's strongest years in terms of operating cash flows given the solid results posted by all three of our operating segments," said Thomas M. Ringo, President and CEO.  "In the first half of the year we made tactical decisions to pull harvest volume forward to take advantage of attractive log prices that were at a multi-year, cyclical high.  Then, in the second half of the year we closed on an array of land sales that represented both the culmination of several years of investment in our real estate segment and the liquidation of our first private equity timber fund."

Environmental Remediation Liability

Our environmental remediation liability arises primarily in connection with the Port Gamble, Washington property the Partnership received in the spinout from Pope & Talbot in 1986. That property had been operated by Pope & Talbot and its corporate predecessors as a logging and milling operation and an associated company town since the middle of the nineteenth century, and the contamination at the site is believed to have occurred primarily, if not entirely, from these companies' operations and prior to the Partnership's formation. However, state environmental laws convey liability on current owners of contaminated property irrespective of their role in the contaminating operations, and as a current owner of part of the site, the Partnership is a "potentially liable person," or PLP.  The State of Washington'sDepartment of Natural Resources (DNR) is also a PLP because of its ownership and operation of the submerged beds in Port Gamble Bay.  Dialogue and negotiation with the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) over a number of years culminated in a Clean-up Action Plan (CAP) and consent decree (CD) that outlines the scope of the clean-up project.  The CD and CAP were finalized and filed with Kitsap County Superior Court in December 2013.

Pursuant to the CD and CAP, we submitted a draft engineering design report (EDR) to DOE in November 2014, followed by supplemental appendices in December, detailing the proposed design of the Port Gamble Bay sediment clean-up project.  The engineering design that we proposed was based on the remedy described in the CAP, supplemented by additional data collected during the summer and fall of 2014 as part of the design effort.  Following the submittal of the draft EDR, we received feedback from DOE and have been engaged in ongoing discussions with the agency surrounding the detailed design of the sediment remediation project.

Although the project design is still not complete, these recent discussions with the DOE make clear that the cost of the Port Gamble Bay sediment clean-up project will be significantly greater than anticipated.  Based on these discussions, we have updated the cost inputs that inform the Monte Carlo simulation model we have used in the past to arrive at a new mean value for a multi-variable set of clean-up design scenarios.  Our current estimate of the Partnership's share of the Port Gamble clean-up, based on the updated model's mean value output, is $21.6 million, which necessitated the $10.0 million increase in the accrual that we recorded in 2014's fourth quarter.  This estimated liability, derived by the simulation model, triangulates with a forecast of costs using our best estimate of the most likely design scenarios for the various elements of the project.  The recorded liability is an estimate of the Partnership's share of the total liability.  As such, it is net of the estimated amount that DNR, as the other PLP, will contribute as its share of the project cost.  The specific allocation of costs between the Partnership and DNR has not yet been finalized.

While the CD and CAP documents represent significant milestones in defining clean-up efforts, they are not prescriptive in detail and DOE retains broad discretion through the design phase to expand the scope of remediation.  This expansion of scope has indeed occurred with the Port Gamble Bay project.  In addition, certain lower-cost options to achieve the desired remediation results in the Bay that we had believed were available in prior quarters' evaluations of our liability no longer appear feasible in light of DOE's response to the draft EDR.  Since the design phase is not complete and discussions with DOE will be ongoing on this subject into early spring, with a number of moving parts, we expect to be updating our liability estimates quarterly as the project design is refined.   The variability bandwidth of cost outcomes should narrow as we transition from the design phase to obtaining contractor bids for the construction phase of the remediation project.  The following paragraphs discuss the key areas where project costs are expected to increase from our previous estimates and this is reflected in our updated liability estimate. 

Demolition: Demolition costs, consisting principally of the removal of creosote-treated piles, will require more effort than estimated previously as DOE is pressing for a removal protocol that goes beyond standards established and used by DNR on other pile removal projects conducted in Washington State.

Dredging and disposal: Dredging and disposal costs have increased due to changes in the regulatory landscape and the expected volume of dredge material.  Late in 2014, federal and state regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOE, and DNR, tightened the criteria under which dredge material qualifies for open-water disposal, which is by far the most cost-effective disposal method.  This regulatory change in standards will result in a greater portion of dredge material being subject to much more expensive land disposal methods.  These methods include, in order of increasing cost, disposal of dredge material on:

  • the adjacent, former mill site itself, 
  • land that we own a short distance from the town of Port Gamble, or
  • at a commercial landfill. 

Additionally, DOE is requiring an increase in the dredging area and depth of dredging adjacent to the former mill site which will increase the dredge volume from the approximately 41,000 cubic yards included in the draft EDR to 64,000 cubic yards, an increase of over 50%.  This is due in part to the results of sampling conducted over the course of 2014 that showed contamination in these areas, albeit at low levels, was more widespread than anticipated. 

Sand cover: The 2014 sampling also resulted in a reduction in the extent of sand cover required in the central portion of Port Gamble Bay relative to the estimates in the 2013 CAP.  However, the overall reduction in sand cover was not as much as we projected in prior estimates of our liability.  As a result, the total sand cover needed for the Bay has increased from approximately 125,000 tons to 218,000 tons, an increase of nearly 75%. 

Eelgrass mitigation: The sampling and investigation activity conducted over the course of 2014 revealed that eelgrass has spread recently into certain areas of the Bay adjacent to the former mill site.  Eelgrass is a sensitive aquatic plant, and thus its spread indicates the health of the Bay is improving in these areas.  Unfortunately, DOE will not allow us to continue to monitor the progress of this natural recovery.  Rather, the agency is pressing us to remove the eelgrass, dredge these areas, and then replant the eelgrass which will increase the cost of the project.

As noted above, the project design is still not complete.  The $21.6 million liability reflects our best estimate of our share of the total liability based on the most current information available to us at this time regarding the design alternatives for the various elements of the project.  Once the project design is finalized, which we expect to occur by mid-2015, further adjustments to the liability will likely be necessary.

Construction work on the remediation is scheduled to begin in July 2015, provided the project design for the initial phases can be sufficiently defined by then and we can obtain the necessary permits.  Based on this timetable, we expect to spend approximately $3.7 million in 2015 and have reflected that amount as a current liability on our balance sheet.  We expect the construction activity, which comprises the bulk of the cost, will require two to three years to complete, followed by several years of monitoring activity.

Fourth quarter and full year highlights

  • Harvest volume was 18 million board feet (MMBF) in both Q4 2014 and Q4 2013.  Harvest volume for the full year 2014 was 93 MMBF compared to 87 MMBF for 2013, a 7% increase.  These harvest volume figures do not include timber deed sales of 2 MMBF sold by ORM Timber Fund III (Fund III) in Q4 2014 and less than 1 MMBF in Q4 2013.  The annual harvest volume figures do not include timber deed sales of 4 MMBF and 2 MMBF sold by Fund III in 2014 and 2013, respectively.  The harvest volume and log price realization metrics cited below also exclude these timber deed sales.
  • Average realized log price per thousand board feet (MBF) was $636 in Q4 2014 compared to $634 per MBF in Q4 2013.  For the full year 2014, the average realized log price was $641 per MBF compared to $614 per MBF for 2013, a 4% increase.
  • Fund properties contributed 40% of Q4 2014 harvest volume, compared to 38% in Q4 2013.  For the full year 2014, Fund properties contributed 50% of harvest volume, compared to 44% for 2013.
  • As a percentage of total harvest, volume sold to export markets in Q4 2014 decreased to 22% from 45% in Q4 2013, with a correspondingly larger increase in the mix of volume sold to domestic markets to 64% in Q4 2014 from 34% in Q4 2013.  For the full year 2014, the relative percentages of volume sold to export and domestic markets were 33% and 52%, respectively, compared to 36% and 46%, respectively, in 2013.  Hardwood and pulpwood log sales make up the balance of total harvest volume.
  • The percentage of total harvest comprised of Douglas-fir sawlogs dropped to 50% in Q4 2014 from 58% in Q4 2013, with a corresponding increase in the whitewood sawlog component to 27% in Q4 2014 from 19% in Q4 2013.  For the full year 2014, the relative mix of Douglas-fir and whitewood sawlogs was 48% and 31%, respectively, compared to 60% and 20%, respectively, for 2013.  This full-year shift in species mix is consistent with the aforementioned higher weighting of total harvest volume coming from Fund properties in 2014 versus 2013.
  • As noted above, Fund I sold its two tree farms during 2014 for an aggregate price of $70.5 million, recognizing a combined gain on the sales of $23.8 million, with $4.8 million attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders by virtue of the Partnership's 20% coinvestment interest in the Fund.
  • During October 2014 Fund III closed on a purchase of nearly 13,000 acres of timberland in northwest Oregon for $72.0 million. The purchase was financed with a combination of Fund III committed capital, of which the Partnership contributed $2.9 million, and a $14.4 million timberland mortgage collateralized by the Fund III tree farms.
  • During 2014, the Partnership closed on timberland purchases of $1.8 million, adding 699 acres to its timberland portfolio.
  • During Q4 2014 we closed on a $2.0 million sale of 366 acres in north Kitsap County.  In addition, during Q4 2014 the Partnership closed on a $1.1 million conservation sale, extinguishing the development rights on 2,878 acres and selling outright 210 acres in Skamania County, Washington.

Fourth quarter and year-to-date operating results

Fee Timber: 
Excluding the $14.6 million gain on sale of the Mineral tree farm, Fee Timber operating income for Q4 2014 was $4.2 million, compared to $3.1 million for Q4 2013.  This increase in segment operating income was due to the 11% increase in harvest volume including stumpage sales, and a slight increase in log prices, as mentioned above.  Contributing further to the increase in operating income was an increase in income generated from commercial thinning activity compared to the prior year.  Taken together, these factors more than offset a slightly heavier mix of harvest volume from the Fund properties in Q4 2014 which carry a higher depletion expense, and a higher proportion of whitewood harvest volume in Q4 2014.

Excluding the $23.8 million gain on the sales of the Green River and Mineral tree farms, Fee Timber operating income for 2014 was $20.5 million compared to $16.2 million in 2013.  This increase was due to both a 9% increase in harvest volume and a 4% increase in log prices in 2014 compared to 2013.  An increase in timber deed sales and commercial thinning activity also contributed to the higher segment operating income in 2014.  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.  As such, all fees earned by the Timberland Management segment associated with managing the Funds are eliminated from revenue in the Partnership's consolidated financial statements. Accordingly, operating loss for this segment consists entirely of operating expenses.  This fee revenue is an expense to the Fee Timber segment and is also eliminated when the Funds are consolidated into the Partnership's financial statements.  Following this consolidation for external reporting purposes, we eliminated $774,000 and $693,000 of timber fund management fee revenue for Q4 2014 and Q4 2013, respectively.  Operating losses incurred by this segment for Q4 2014 and Q4 2013 totaled $668,000 and $466,000, respectively, after eliminating revenue earned from managing the funds.

Similarly, we eliminated $3.3 million and $2.8 million of timber fund management fee revenue for 2014 and 2013, respectively.  Operating losses incurred by this segment for 2014 and 2013 totaled $2.3 million and $2.0 million, respectively, after eliminating revenue earned from managing the funds.  For both the quarter and full year periods, the increase in operating expenses for this segment is attributable to an increase in activity related to managing the three timber funds.  However, on a per acre basis expenses have declined as we benefit from economies of scale.

Following the sale of the Fund I assets in Q3 and Q4 2014 and the Q4 2014 acquisition by Fund III, our two remaining funds collectively own 80,000 acres representing $312 million in assets under management.  As of December 31, 2014 Fund III has $50.8 million of its original $180 million capital commitment remaining to invest with the Partnership's portion of this remaining capital commitment representing $2.5 million. 

Real Estate:
Our Real Estate segment posted operating income of $1.9 million in Q4 2014, excluding the $10.0 million environmental remediation charge described earlier, compared to operating income of $1.4 million for Q4 2013.  The primary drivers of Q4 2014 results were a $2.0 million conservation land sale covering 366 acres in Kitsap County, Washington and a $1.1 million conservation easement and land sale on 3,088 acres in Skamania County, Washington.  Results for Q4 2013 included a $4.4 million sale of a 14-acre school site in our Gig Harbor project and a 348-acre conservation land sale for $1.6 million.

For the full year 2014, the Real Estate segment generated operating income of $7.3 million excluding the $10.0 million environmental charge described earlier, on the strength of five closings totaling 133 single-family residential lots in our Gig Harbor project, a $4.6 million conservation sale of 535 acres, and the property sales mentioned above that occurred in Q4 2014.  This compares to 2013 operating income of $3.3 million in 2013, driven primarily by a 2,330-acre conservation land sale for $5.7 million, and the property sales mentioned above that occurred in Q4 2013.

General & Administrative (G&A):
G&A expenses for Q4 2014 and Q4 2013 were $1.1 million in each quarter.  For 2014, G&A expenses were $3.8 million compared to $4.6 million for 2013.  The decrease between 2013 and 2014 in full year G&A expenses was primarily due to reversals of incentive compensation accruals as a result of the second quarter 2014 departure of our former President & CEO.

Outlook

We expect total annual log harvest and stumpage sale volume of approximately 100 MMBF for 2015, though changing log markets could alter this projection as the year unfolds.

Several land sales from our Real Estate segment are currently in the pipeline to close, with anticipated timing early in 2015. 

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 191,000 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 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, and our ability to anticipate and address the political and regulatory climate that affects these obligations; our ability to consummate various real estate transactions on the terms management expects; our ability to manage our timber funds and their assets in a manner that our investors consider acceptable, and to raise additional capital or establish new funds on terms that are advantageous to the Partnership; 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 other liabilities associated with our assets. 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 December 31,

 

Twelve months ended December 31,

     

2014

 

2013

 

2014

 

2013

                   

Revenue

 

$17,353

 

$19,053

 

87,470

 

$70,692

Cost of sales

 

(8,664)

 

(10,908)

 

(48,090)

 

(39,626)

Operating expenses

 

(4,368)

 

(5,300)

 

(17,671)

 

(18,134)

Gain on sale of timberlands

 

14,562

 

-

 

23,750

 

-

Real estate environmental remediation

 

(10,000)

 

-

 

(10,000)

 

-

 

Operating income (loss)

 

$8,883

 

$2,845

 

$35,459

 

$12,932

 

Interest expense, net

 

(742)

 

(445)

 

(2,604)

 

(1,528)

Income (loss) before income taxes 

 

8,141

 

2,400

 

32,855

 

11,404

Income tax benefit (expense)

 

(499)

 

89

 

(984)

 

307

Net income (loss)

 

7,642

 

2,489

 

31,871

 

11,711

 

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

(10,814)

 

1,109

 

(19,456)

 

1,424

Net income (loss) attributable to Pope Resources' unitholders

 

($3,172)

 

$3,598

 

$12,415

 

$13,135

                   

Basic and diluted weighted average units outstanding

 

4,285

 

4,371

 

4,353

 

4,369

                   

Basic and diluted net income (loss) per unit

 

($0.75)

 

$0.81

 

$2.82

 

$2.96

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING BALANCE SHEETS

(all amounts in $000's)

 
     

December 31, 2014

 

December 31, 2013

                       

Assets:

 

Pope

 

ORM
Timber Funds

 

Consolidating Entries

 

 Consolidated 

   
 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$14,505

 

$9,523

     

$24,028

 

$6,960

 

Land held for sale

 

$7,160

         

7,160

 

$10,258

 

Other current assets

 

5,797

 

1,108

 

(613)

 

6,292

 

3,161

 

  Total current assets

 

27,462

 

10,631

 

(613)

 

37,480

 

20,379

 

Timber and roads, net

 

30,406

 

196,738

     

227,144

 

211,946

 

Timberlands

 

14,565

 

33,368

     

47,933

 

44,947

 

Buildings and equipment, net

 

6,021

 

17

     

6,039

 

6,204

 

Land held for development

 

26,040

         

26,040

 

27,040

 

Investment in ORM Timber Funds

 

19,192

     

(19,192)

 

-

 

-

 

Other assets

 

286

 

156

     

441

 

392

 

    Total

 

$123,972

 

$240,910

 

($19,805)

 

$345,077

 

$310,908

Liabilities and equity:

                   
 

Current liabilities

 

4,127

 

1,891

 

($613)

 

$5,405

 

$7,170

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

5,109

         

5,109

 

109

 

Current portion of environmental remediation

 

3,700

         

3,700

 

700

 

  Total current liabilities

 

12,936

 

1,891

 

(613)

 

14,214

 

7,979

 

Long-term debt

 

27,492

 

57,380

     

84,872

 

75,581

 

Environmental remediation

 

17,951

         

17,951

 

12,541

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

411

         

411

 

193

 

  Total liabilities

 

58,790

 

59,271

 

(613)

 

117,448

 

96,294

 

Partners' capital

 

65,182

 

181,639

 

(182,705)

 

64,116

 

69,445

 

Noncontrolling interests

         

163,513

 

163,513

 

145,169

 

    Total

 

$123,972

 

$240,910

 

($19,805)

 

$345,077

 

$310,908


 

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 December 31,

 

Twelve months ended December 31,

     

2014

 

2013

 

2014

 

2013

                   

Reported GAAP net income (loss) attributable to unitholders

 

($3,172)

 

$3,598

 

$12,415

 

$13,135

Added back:

               
 

Environmental remediation

 

10,000

 

-

 

10,000

 

-

 

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to unitholders*

 

$6,828

 

$3,598

 

$22,415

 

$13,135

                   

Per unit amounts:

               

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

 

($0.75)

 

$0.81

 

$2.82

 

$2.96

Added back:

               
 

Environmental remediation

 

2.33

 

-

 

2.27

 

-

 

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

 

$1.58

 

$0.81

 

$5.09

 

$2.96

                   

*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,

     

2014

 

2013

 

2014

 

2013

                   

Net income (loss)

 

$7,642

 

$2,489

 

31,871

 

$11,711

Added back:

               
 

Depletion

 

2,846

 

2,208

 

12,228

 

11,204

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

253

 

179

 

795

 

704

 

Equity-based compensation

 

85

 

226

 

783

 

1,214

 

Real estate project expenditures

 

(1,529)

 

(3,942)

 

(4,967)

 

(10,801)

 

Deferred taxes

 

125

 

2

 

332

 

(260)

 

Cost of land sold

 

678

 

3,475

 

9,056

 

5,004

 

Gain on disposal of timberland

 

(14,562)

 

-

 

(23,750)

 

-

 

Disposal of capital assets

 

(23)

 

(10)

 

(24)

 

47

 

Change in environmental remediation liability

 

9,104

 

(260)

 

8,410

 

(701)

 

Change in other operating accounts

 

(2,215)

 

307

 

(3,939)

 

(173)

 

Cash provided by operations

 

$2,404

 

$4,674

 

$30,795

 

$17,949

 

SEGMENT INFORMATION

 

 

(all amounts in $000's)

                   
     

Three months ended December 31,

 

Twelve months ended December 31,

     

2014

 

2013

 

2014

 

2013

                   

Revenue:

               
 

Partnership Fee Timber

 

$7,919

 

$7,706

 

$33,848

 

$32,181

 

Funds Fee Timber

 

5,298

 

4,476

 

31,356

 

23,854

 

    Total Fee Timber

 

13,217

 

12,182

 

65,204

 

56,035

 

Timberland Management

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

Real Estate

 

4,136

 

6,871

 

22,266

 

14,657

 

    Total

 

17,353

 

19,053

 

87,470

 

70,692

Operating income (loss):

               
 

Fee Timber

 

18,749

 

3,078

 

44,289

 

16,169

 

Timberland Management

 

(668)

 

(466)

 

(2,329)

 

(1,950)

 

Real Estate

 

(8,130)

 

1,364

 

(2,720)

 

3,277

 

General & administrative

 

(1,068)

 

(1,131)

 

(3,781)

 

(4,564)

 

    Total

 

$8,883

 

$2,845

 

$35,459

 

$12,932

 

SELECTED STATISTICS

                   
     

Three months ended December 31,

 

Twelve months ended December 31,

     

2014

 

2013

 

2014

 

2013

Log sale volumes by species (million board feet):

               

 Sawlogs

               
 

Douglas-fir

 

9.1

 

10.5

 

45.0

 

52.5

 

Whitewood

 

4.9

 

3.4

 

28.6

 

17.4

 

Pine

 

1.4

 

-

 

3.2

 

-

 

Cedar

 

0.5

 

0.4

 

2.2

 

1.7

 

Hardwood

 

0.5

 

1.0

 

2.4

 

3.1

 Pulpwood

               
 

All species

 

2.0

 

2.6

 

11.9

 

12.6

Total

 

18.4

 

17.9

 

93.3

 

87.3

                   

Log sale volumes by destination (million board feet):

               
 

Export

 

4.1

 

8.1

 

30.4

 

31.2

 

Domestic

 

11.8

 

6.1

 

48.6

 

40.4

 

Hardwood

 

0.5

 

1.1

 

2.4

 

3.1

 

Pulpwood

 

2.0

 

2.6

 

11.9

 

12.6

Subtotal log sale volumes

 

18.4

 

17.9

 

93.3

 

87.3

 

Timber deed sale

 

2.1

 

0.5

 

4.0

 

2.0

Total

 

20.5

 

18.4

 

97.3

 

89.3

 
 

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

 

Three months ended December 31,

 

 Twelve months ended December 31, 

     

2014

 

2013

 

2014

 

2013

Sawlogs

               
 

Douglas-fir

 

712

 

711

 

717

 

684

 

Whitewood

 

599

 

648

 

637

 

618

 

Pine

 

526

 

 n/a 

 

516

 

 n/a 

 

Cedar

 

1,133

 

1,203

 

1,260

 

1,165

 

Hardwood

 

642

 

563

 

610

 

541

Pulpwood

               
 

All species

 

338

 

247

 

292

 

265

Overall

 

636

 

634

 

641

 

614

                   

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

             
 

Export 

 

687

 

737

 

735

 

707

 

Domestic

 

669

 

676

 

670

 

658

 

Hardwood

 

642

 

563

 

610

 

541

 

Pulpwood

 

338

 

247

 

292

 

265

Overall log sales

 

636

 

634

 

641

 

614

Timber deed sale

 

370

 

227

 

391

 

215

                   

Owned timber acres

 

111,000

 

111,000

 

111,000

 

111,000

Acres owned by Funds

 

80,000

 

91,000

 

80,000

 

91,000

Depletion per MBF -Partnership Tree Farms

 

48

 

56

 

48

 

56

Depletion per MBF -Fund Tree Farms

 

241

 

189

 

198

 

196

Capital and development expenditures ($000's)

 

1,747

 

4,567

 

7,302

 

13,030

 

PERIOD TO PERIOD COMPARISONS

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

           
     

Q4 2014 vs.

 

YTD 2014 vs.

     

Q4 2013

 

YTD 2013

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

       
 

4th Quarter 2014

 

($3,172)

 

$12,415

 

4th Quarter 2013

 

3,598

 

13,135

 

   Variance

 

($6,770)

 

($720)

           

Detail of earnings variance:

       

Fee Timber

       
 

Log volumes (A)

 

$310

 

$3,697

 

Log price realizations (B)

 

37

 

2,520

 

Gain on sale of timberland

 

$14,562

 

23,750

 

Timber deed sale

 

$666

 

1,070

 

Production costs

 

$151

 

(3,021)

 

Depletion

 

($757)

 

(1,439)

 

Other Fee Timber

 

$702

 

1,543

Timberland Management

 

($202)

 

(379)

Real Estate

       
 

Land sales

 

($838)

 

2,334

 

Conservation easement sales

 

$743

 

743

 

Timber depletion on land sale

 

$221

 

415

 

Other Real Estate

 

$380

 

511

 

Environmental remediation costs

 

($10,000)

 

(10,000)

General & administrative costs

 

$63

 

783

Net interest expense

 

($297)

 

(1,076)

Taxes

 

($588)

 

(1,291)

Noncontrolling interest

 

($11,923)

 

(20,880)

Total variance

 

($6,770)

 

($720)

   

(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.

 

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pope-resources-reports-fourth-quarter-loss-of-32-million-after-recording-100-million-environmental-charge-300036754.html

SOURCE Pope Resources

Tom Ringo, President & CEO, 360.697.6626, Fax 360.697.1156

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